Today, Christendom College looks forward to welcoming the largest class in its 35 year history to its Front Royal, Va., campus. With 139 freshman, coming from 31 U.S. states as well as from Italy and Japan, this incoming class of 2017 is sure to make its mark on the college community.
“We’ve had, over the past 5 years, an average of 109 students in the incoming freshman class, so the 139,” says Admissions Director Tom McFadden, “is really quite an unusual phenomenon for us here at Christendom. Interestingly, these incoming students have the highest SAT average over the past five incoming classes (1833), and more of them are on academic scholarship than normal. We have very high hopes for this class and I am sure that they are going to be a great addition to our student body.”
Last year’s total enrollment in the fall was 388, and this fall, the enrollment will be 420 students – 1 less than the all-time high which was reached in the fall of 2008 – and an 8% increase over last year. The incoming students, a total of 157, which includes transfers, freshmen, and re-admitted students who had left previously for various reasons, will make up over 40% of the on-campus student body. Additionally, approximately 45 students will be spending the semester living outside the walls of the Vatican for the college’s very popular junior semester in Rome program.
“These students have chosen Christendom as the best place for them to gain a rigorous education, steeped in the traditions of Catholicism, and to broaden their horizons through all of the many extra-curricular opportunities that we have to offer,” says McFadden. “Also, our yield rate this year is 10% higher than it was last year – showing the high level of commitment that these students have for our product and educational experience.”
The yield rate to which McFadden refers is, according to U.S. News & World Report, “an important indicator of what students think about their college choice. While a high yield shows students greatly value being admitted to a particular institution, a low yield may mean that the school was considered a ‘safety’ and may not have been those students’ first choice.”
Although not listed in the U.S. News report, Christendom’s yield rate of 60.6% would place it in the top ten amongst all liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to the 2012 rankings (for more information, click here).