Hartwick Receives Record Number of Applications

May 7, 2010

Hartwick College has received a record number of applications for the fall 2010 incoming class, setting the stage for the College’s most diverse and academically talented class in a decade.

At the end of April, Hartwick had received nearly 4,000 first-year applications for the Class of 2014’s 450 spots, representing a 55 percent rise in applications over 2009.

Hartwick’s Vice President for Enrollment Management David Conway said the increase in applications can be attributed to several factors, including a new approach to promotion that clarifies the benefits of the Hartwick experience and focuses on bringing more visitors to the Oneonta campus. Also very important is the College’s innovative three-year program, which reduces the cost of the traditional four-year degree by 25 percent.

“Cost is important, especially in today’s economy,” Conway said. “In addition to savings associated with the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program, we’ve kept our tuition increase modest and have increased our financial aid to keep a Hartwick education affordable. Students and their families have responded to that.”

Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program has been lauded by a host of national publications—including Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Los Angeles Times and New York Times—since its debut in 2009. The program has been lauded as a forward-thinking, innovative way to help reduce the cost of a traditional four-year degree. Of this year’s record number of applicants, about 25 percent have expressed an interest in the program, and the College expects to enroll between 75 and 100 new, three-year students this fall.

Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent said the College’s recent focus on its distinct experiential learning programs has helped to attract this year’s record number of applicants. Students are most attracted by the College’s well-established January Term programs, internships, student/faculty research, and community-based service-learning opportunities. The Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange recently ranked Hartwick second among similar schools nationwide in the percentage of students who study abroad.

“We told our story in a wider marketplace and in a more compelling manner,” Kent said. “This year’s incredibly strong interest in a Hartwick education speaks to the quality of our programs and the strength of our scholarships and financial-aid offerings.”

Increased interest was seen for virtually every program offered at the College. Five areas—pre-med, pre-law, the sciences (including nursing), English, and business administration—top the list of programs with the largest enrollment gains for the Class of 2014. The number of transfer and international applications for the fall also has doubled over last year.

“We had many talented students from which to choose,” Conway said. “It looks like this could be the most academically talented class in the history of the College.”

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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