The Office of Admissions has received 619 admissions deposits for the Dickinson class of 2016 as of May 1, 2012. This is larger than the 500 deposits the College had received at this time last year. According to Stephanie Balmer, Dean of Admissions, the current projected class size is 615 students, yielding an admission rate of 39.8 percent. This percentage, as Balmer explained, is well within the College’s ideal rate of admissions. In an interview, Balmer stated, “We will not have another year with 650 students.” As reported in the February 22 edition of The Dickinsonian, the College received 5,825 applications this year. While this was a decrease from previous years, Balmer noted at the time, “We have a highly talented and competitive applicant pool.” This same issue reported that 227 Early Decision I deposits had been received.
Balmer noted an increase in interest in Dickinson from parents of prospective students. They are asking many more questions of the Office of Admissions. She also elaborated. “We’ve seen an increase in price sensitivity this year.” Parents have been asking for more financial aid, not necessarily because they need it, but rather because they aware of other options from other colleges.
However, Balmer further noted that social media, such as the accepted students video, was “a huge advantage” and made a “real connection” in the recruitment process.