Another Record Yield for Admission at St. Paul's School

One of the most selective years to date

CONCORD, N.H., 04/20/16 — Calling it one of the most selective years to date, St. Paul’s School Dean of Admission Scott Bohan ’94 has nothing but praise for the quality of new students admitted for the 2016-17 school year.
The Office of Admission received more than 1,450 applications – among the highest in the fully residential School’s history – from prospective students around the world. “The overall pool this year has been just remarkable,” Bohan said. “We’ve been impressed with the smart, diverse, capable students of good character who will also be great members of our School community. We've admitted kids we believe will be role models for our own children. The ability of the students we’ve met this year is very high. The bar overall is just higher than ever,” says Bohan of the admission process that relies on teacher recommendations along with evidence of a student’s academic talent, passionate interest in sports or theater, and community involvement.
The School accepted 147 students from 25 states and 13 countries, with 10 percent coming from New Hampshire. This resulted in an admittance rate of just 13 percent, with an overall record yield of 80 percent of teens who have accepted offers of enrollment. The total number of registered students for the Fall Term is expected to be 530.
Among the students joining the SPS community are 33 students of color. The ratio of boys to girls is nearly even. Twenty-eight of the new students live outside of the United States, and 19 hold international citizenship.
The School recognizes the cost of attendance is among the highest in the country and offers full assistance to American families earning less than $125,000 annually. Families earning between $125,000 and $250,000 will be expected to contribute no more than 10 percent of their annual household income toward their child’s education. Nearly 41 percent of all St. Paul’s School students are receiving some level of financial aid. “We want students and their families to determine if St. Paul’s is the best school for them based on the quality of our programs and the experience we offer,” Bohan said.
In addition to hearing that a student is a leader, values excellence and works hard for it, is one who helps others at practice or with their course work, Bohan says that they want to know about a student’s character. “We want to hear that this is the nicest kid that teacher has met in the past 10 years. These are the kids who will be at our dinner tables, the ones we will be applauding in Memorial Hall and cheering on in our athletic program. We want to be sure that St. Paul’s is the right fit for them and their families.”