My last post was focused on college admissions at The College of William & Mary and the institution’s uneven gender distribution. At the end of the post I included: “I am sending a message to the admission board at William and Mary asking what they might be doing to level-out the gap, just for the hell of it. I’ll follow up this article with the response if I receive one.”
I followed through with that promise and sent the following message to the admissions office of The College of William & Mary (and also to American University, Boston University, and George Washington University but none of these institutions responded):
Hi, my name is, and I am a senior at Georgetown University studying Government, Philosophy, and Spanish. I actually applied to William and Mary back in the 2014-2015 school year, and I must say that I really appreciated the persona that the school fostered. I really felt the authenticity and warmness exuded by your institution.
Jenni Franklin, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions, responded with a short and diplomatic message:
Our aim each year is to admit a cohort of entering students that meet our admission standards, and that we believe will be the most successful at William & Mary. We are a co-ed institution and do try to keep a balance between men and women in our student body, however those numbers vary year-to-year based on our applicant pool.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much information in that email, but, nevertheless, I appreciate the response. I am thinking about messaging other schools to hopefully read what they know and can say. However, I realize the business of college admissions requires professionals in that setting to be close-lipped, so I can understand the political responses I might receive. Notwithstanding, it is worth it to me.