WMC sees more applications than usual

April 10, 1994

Admissions officials at Western Maryland College report that the college has received the largest number of freshmen applications in its recent history, and this year's figures represent a 20 percent increase over last year.

The college's 1994-95 applicants include an increase in both in- and out-of-state students, particularly from Baltimore County and from states outside the college's traditional recruiting region; a stronger academic profile; and an increase in both Jewish and African-American students, officials said.

Commenting on the record-breaking number of applications, Martha O'Connell, director of admissions, said, "The number of freshmen applications has been increasing for us over the past few years, but nothing like this.

"Frankly, we don't know exactly what initiated this year's response, but we suspect that it's due to a slight upturn in the number of 18-year-olds, hard work on the part of our admissions staff and sound marketing."

She added that the sciences, particularly pre-medical studies, seem especially popular.

In a recent informal survey of more than 100 accepted freshmen, a majority of applicants said they were attracted to the college for "its small size and family-like community," "low student/faculty ratio," "rural setting with close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.," and "a strong pre-med reputation," the college reported.

Founded in 1867, the school is a private college of the liberal arts and sciences with an enrollment of 1,100 undergraduates from 22 states and 10 foreign countries.

Last year, the college's tuition, room and board were among the lowest among all the independent colleges in Maryland, school officials said, despite a major building renovation project and expansions in academic programs.

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