applications defy predictions
received a record number of undergraduate applications for the 2002-03
school year. More than 21,000 candidates vied for the approximately
2,200 open spots in the Class of 2006, up from the previous record
of 20,743, set two years ago by the class of 2004. Applications
were up 11 percent over the 19,059 submitted last year.
Applications from AHANA students and aspiring nurses showed particularly
strong increases. More than 4,700 AHANA students applied for undergraduate
admission--an increase of 6 percent from the previous record, 4,400,
set two years ago. Connell School of Nursing applications soared
more than 40 percent over last year, to 327 from 230.
Meanwhile, early-action applications for next year's freshman class
rose 17 percent, continuing a recent national trend. (Georgetown,
Columbia, and George Washington universities, among others, reported
The high number of applications surprised the Admission Office,
which had predicted--as had a number of other colleges and universities--a
downturn in applications following September 11. It was expected
that many students would elect to stay close to home for school,
thereby shrinking the applicant pools of national institutions such
Indeed, Boston College did see a surge in interest among students
from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
Applications from New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts--traditionally
BC's biggest feeder states--rose 18, 14, and 12 percent, respectively.
However, significant growth also occurred in applications from more
distant states. Florida's applications were up 9 percent; Illinois's,
14 percent; and California's, 10 percent.
According to John Mahoney, Jr., director of undergraduate admission,
students today seem to be "researching, visiting, and applying to
schools and not abandoning their plans, even in the face of a recession
or national emergencies."