A Strong Admission Yield Leads SPS into 2020-21

Tenley Rooney
The School maintained momentum in both admission and college cycles during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic upended many plans this spring, but the outlook for new and graduating students at St. Paul’s School is right on target. The Admission Office welcomes 156 new community members, completing the cycle with a 71 percent yield on accepted offers. Graduates in the Form of 2020 applied to more than 230 colleges, with more than half receiving offers from their first choice schools.
 
The 2019-20 school year marked some firsts for St. Paul’s School. In an unprecedented move, Admission’s spring revisits were canceled and students and faculty engaged in distance learning for the entirety of the Spring Term. Despite these changes, the School saw a five percent increase in applications, and conducted more than 1,500 interviews. This incoming group of Third, Fourth, and Fifth Formers includes students from 26 states and nine countries.
 
“This was a strong year in the Admission Office,” says Dean of Admission Scott Bohan ’94. “Right from the start we saw a large volume of interested families and talented young people, and the inquiries stayed consistent throughout the process. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke in March, some were worried that this would negatively impact our incoming class. It did not; we were able to still highlight the incredible people, opportunities and facilities that make up SPS. And the talented young people we admitted again overwhelmingly chose SPS. The students enrolled for the upcoming school year will add to the wonderful community we have here in many ways.”
 
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Admission Office pivoted to a virtual platform for revisits and outreach during the critical decision period between March 10 and April 10. Their efforts resulted in a 15 percent admission rate despite the disruption presented by the pandemic.
 
This group will be among the first to take part in the School’s two-year tuition freeze. By keeping the attendance rate at $62,000, the School hopes to provide better access and support to enrolled families.
 
Meanwhile, the School is immersed in preparation for Opening Days. Everyone on the grounds is looking forward to welcoming them in a few short weeks.

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