As the School prepares to say goodbye to the Form of 2019, it also celebrates the newly enrolled students who will join the community this fall. After fielding 2,655 inquiries, completing 1,520 interviews, and reading 1,381 applications, the Office of Admission welcomes 166 students for the 2019-20 academic year.
“We look at the whole person, not just a singular achievement or specific aptitude,” says Dean of Admission Scott Bohan '94. “The young people who choose SPS are not just talented or intelligent, but are also interested in stepping outside their comfort zones to challenge themselves with new and diverse opportunities.”
This field of promising newcomers are representative of the School’s highly selective 17 percent acceptance rate, and yield of 72 percent. These Third, Fourth, and Fifth Formers hail from 25 states and 11 countries, among them Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Nigeria. The School will also welcome Regional Scholars from Montana, California, Texas, Alabama, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Forty-one percent of the incoming students identify as non-white.
These students will join peers, faculty, and teaching fellows from across the globe on the grounds of the 2,000-acre, fully residential School. Their academic, athletic, and personal growth will be fostered by a student-to-faculty ratio of 5-to-1 and access to fantastic academic and athletic facilities. Within a short walking distance of each other are Ohrstrom Library, home to a collection of more than 75,000 print books and nearly half-a-million eBooks and eReference materials; the 95,000-square-foot Athletic & Fitness Center; the Kwok Engineering Center; the Fine Arts Building and Crumpacker Gallery; and the Friedman Community Center.