Swelling Enrollment Pressures Admissions

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Admissions to George Washngton University’s graduate and undergraduate programs may soon feel the crunch of a city-imposed population limit, a top administrator said.

The University will need to carefully evaluate new and existing programs as enrollment hovers close to its full-time student cap on the Foggy Bottom campus, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Forrest Maltzman said, adding that he believes acceptance rates will decrease University-wide next fall to keep enrollment below the limit, which was negotiated with the city and set in the 2007 Campus Plan.

Two caps restrict the Foggy Bottom campus. The headcount cap limits Foggy Bottom to 20,000 students and is measured by subtracting students studying abroad, students enrolled without a defined graduation date, and students living or taking all of their classes at the Mount Vernon campus from the total number of students at the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, according to the spring 2009 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan Interim Compliance Report.

The other limit – the one the University is close to exceeding – is the full-time equivalent cap, which limits Foggy Bottom to 16,553 full-time or full-time equivalent students. This cap limits the number of “full-time equivalent students,” defined as undergraduates taking 12 or more credits and graduate students taking nine or more credits. The University had 16,394 full-time equivalent students last semester.

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