As of mid-March, the college had already received 3,824 applications for the class of 2020, a 9 percent increase over last year’s total at the same point. Illinois remains the top state for generating applications, but for the first time, California has become the college’s second-largest market. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas round out the top five states for applications this year.
The college has also seen a 19 percent increase in international applications and a 24 percent jump in applications from domestic minority students.
While applicants have until May 1 to formally declare their intentions, Vice President for Enrollment Robert Mirabile says the college is on track to have a first-year class similar in size to last year’s class of 390 students.
“Whether during campus visits or alumni- and parent-hosted events around the country, these prospective students are seeing and hearing the value of a Beloit education first hand,” he says.