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The Fall 2011 Entering Class, By the Numbers

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Teachers College welcomes new students

Teachers College welcomes new students

Teachers College welcomes new students

Teachers College welcomes new students

Teachers College welcomes new students

The final tally wasn’t yet in as Inside went to press with this issue, but TC’s newest entering class was firmly on track to extend the College’s track record in recent years of steady enrollment growth and increasing selectivity. As of the beginning of August, Tom Rock, Executive Director of Enrollment Services, reported that:

  • 6,485 applications had been received for the Summer/Fall 2011 terms, an increase of about 6 percent over the prior year at the same point in time. “Not only were we more selective this year, but if our yield rate holds over the next few weeks, it will also be our best yield rate ever,” Rock said. “It’s one more sign that admitted students know they have been selected at a special place that will make a difference in their lives and professional paths.”  Yield is the percentage of admitted students who enroll.  Rock and his team have implemented several admit follow-up strategies to try to improve TC’s yield/ conversion rate, with apparent success. 
  • The College had offered admission to 56 percent of all applicants. “Admission rates vary greatly from program to program, but overall we were more selective than last year,” Rock said.  
  • 9 percent of incoming students are doctoral students; 91 percent are master’s degree candidates. 
  • 76 percent of incoming students are female; 24 percent are male
  • 28 percent have self-identified as students of color
  • 18 percent are from outside of the US
  • The oldest incoming student is 78 years old, the youngest is 20.  
  • Students in the incoming class represent 47 states plus the District of Columbia
  • New York State once again provided the largest number of incoming students, followed by California, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. “We have 148 students entering from California,” Rock said. “That’s just another confirmation, among many, that we are recognized nationwide as the premier institution of our kind.”
  • 58 countries are represented in incoming class. The largest number of international students come from China (more than 40), followed by South Korea, Canada, Singapore, India and Taiwan. 
  • The top “feeder” undergraduate school for incoming students this year is NYU, followed by UCLA, Hunter College, UC Berkeley, Cornell, SUNY Binghamton and Boston University.


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