One recruiting cycle ends, another begins

October 17, 2012 10:00 AM

Nick Marinello

Even as the Tulane University Office of Undergraduate Admission announced the numbers of this fall’s incoming class, its recruiters were out in the field developing the class for 2013.


The final tally on the incoming first-year class of 2012 is 1,641. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

“Our counselors have been out for the past month, crisscrossing the United States, meeting with students in high schools, hosting regional receptions and doing college fairs,” says Faye Tydlaska, director for undergraduate admission.

Earlier this month, Tydlaska’s office released the final official count for this year’s incoming class. The number of first-time freshmen came in at 1,641, almost identical to last year’s count of 1,642.

Tydlaska says her office targets 1,550 as the count for the incoming first-year class. The larger number is a result of a higher “yield,” the number of admitted students who actually accept the offer to attend the university.

“We saw a much higher percentage of admitted students choosing Tulane as opposed to years past,” says Tydlaska.

The average SAT scores also continue to increase. Between 2001 and 2004, the average SAT score for the incoming class was 1312. This year’s class averaged SAT score of 1338.

In other trends, there has been a significant jump in the number of students who hail from California, says Tydlaska, who adds that there is anecdotal evidence that Tulane is becoming a “buzz school” in the West.

“The feedback I’m getting from our Northern California recruiter is that whereas a few years ago she would see maybe two or three students interested in Tulane when she would go to one particular high school, now that number is up to 15 to 20,” Tydlaska says.

The top five states from which the 2012 incoming class is derived are Louisiana (207), New York (195), California (174), Illinois (116) and New Jersey (111).

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