Academics and Research / Magazine Feature

Commitments to DU for first-year class up from last year

A total of 1,240 students have committed to attending DU as of May 18—an increase over last year, University officials have said.

“We’re very excited about the new students who plan to join the DU community this fall,” says Tom Willoughby, vice chancellor of enrollment. “Given the unprecedented challenges families faced this year due to the recession, we were very anxious to know how many of the students we offered admission to would be joining us in the fall.”

The increased number of commitments follows a record-breaking year of applications. DU received 10,817 applications from the incoming class, up from 8,364 in 2008 and 6,346 in 2007.

The University dedicated more resources to financial aid to assist families in need, and that has made a difference, notes Willoughby.

The number of first-year students coming from out of state and international students expected to attend DU in the fall also has increased. This fall’s first-year class will represent 47 states and 19 countries. Six percent of the class consists of international students and 17 percent are students of color.

For the third consecutive year, DU is attracting more Boettcher Scholars compared to other universities in Colorado. Thirteen Boettcher Scholars have chosen to attend DU.

The Boettcher Scholar Program is a statewide competition recognizing scholarship, leadership, service and achievement. Students who receive the scholarship have almost all of their expenses covered. The Boettcher Foundation awards 40 scholarships each year.

Comments are closed.