In light of overcrowding last year on North Campus, admissions tightened standards and accepted 600 fewer students to make up the Class of 2005. Falling slightly below the goal of 3000 students, housing has not seen the difficulty with housing freshman as it has in previous years.
Last year, approximately 100 more students than expected decided to attend Cornell. This overcrowding forced many students to live in lounges and other temporary spaces.
For the Class of 2005, the admission rate dropped from 30.5 to 25.7 percent and 2,988 students were counted as enrolled after the third week of the semester, according to a report prepared by Institutional Research and Planning.
“The goal is set at 3,000 first-year students because it is important to us that all first-year students live on North Campus,” said Doris Davis, associate provost for admissions enrollment.
Also affecting the number of freshmen accommodated this year is the construction of the two new dorms on North Campus. This addition opened up approximately 475 new beds, according to Peggy Beach, head of marketing for campus life.
“All of the spaces for the freshmen entering in fall 2001 … were filled,” Beach said, “No freshmen were placed in temporary housing.”
There currently remain 100 beds reserved for freshmen entering in January, according to Beach.
The removal of freshmen from West Campus increased the space available for upperclassmen, as sophomores now compose 75 percent of the students living on West.
“We were probably more conservative than we needed to be in allocating beds to upperclassmen beds and in permitting students to block-book their rooms,” said Susan H. Murphy ’73, vice president for student and academic services.
Despite these increased standards, admissions was “able to house a total of 250 more sophomores, juniors and seniors than last year,” according to Beach.
“We plan to be just as careful this year,” Davis said, “because we still want to make sure that all first-year students can be housed on North Campus.”
Archived article by Stacy Williams