The Lafayette community helped Admissions go virtual to build the 189th class
By Stephen Wilson
With accepted students unable to visit the College during April, Admissions asked for your help to bring the College to those students … and you did just that!
Thanks to the hard work of the Lafayette community, 718 students enrolled to be members of the Class of 2024, a number above (+2) the previous year.
“We are humbled by the generosity of the faculty, staff, alumni, and students who stepped forward during this challenging time to help us build the next cohort of Leopards,” says Matt Hyde, vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions.
Over a few weeks, faculty, students, alumni, parents, and staff submitted videos on departments, programs, research/scholarship, clubs, and more.
In addition, Admissions offered virtual events. 123 accepted students signed up for the three faculty meet-and-greet sessions. 589 students signed up to attend one of 145 classes, and 383 students signed up for the nine student panels.
Participants from as far away as Turkey, England, and China were in attendance.
Admissions’ signature April events, Prologue and XLC: Experience Lafayette, also went virtual with 72 students attending Prologue and 236 accepted students and their families at XLC.
“This is a testament to the nimble way Lafayette can respond in times of crisis and how prospective students feel the strong pull toward our real sense of community,” says Hyde.