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Dear Loyalty Circle Members,
I am pleased to give you this update on the College, with my thanks for your continued support.
Our incoming class of 395 first-year students—accompanied by 96 transfer students, a new record—is one of the strongest the College has ever enrolled, as the enclosed academic profile demonstrates. With your help, the College will continue to attract classes of this stature and prepare them well for post-graduate success.
As we make steady progress, the College’s rankings have never been better. We are one of the Top 50 “Best Value” colleges in U.S. News & World Report, and our internship program, alumni network, library, study abroad programs, and health and wellness center are all ranked in Princeton Review’s Top 20. The recent addition of the Lillard Science Center and the forthcoming Brown Hall will also contribute greatly toward a first-class learning experience for all of our students.
At the same time, the College is well aware of how we must think and respond differently in 2019 than we did 10 or 20 years ago to attract and meet the needs of our students. Led by Davis Schneiderman, Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty, a number of our faculty and senior administrators will spend time this fall reading and discussing Demographics and The Demand for Higher Education by Carleton College Professor Nathan D. Grawe. As we consider our strategic positioning in all areas, including recruitment and admissions, new academic programs, student support services, faculty and staff composition, and facilities construction, their work will help inform how we navigate through persistent enrollment challenges for all of higher education in times ahead.
The College continues to benefit greatly from philanthropic gifts that fuel innovation within our academic programs, fund student scholarships, and provide the resources needed to support post-graduate success. You will hear more from Vice President for External Relations Philip Hood in this regard. On behalf of all members of our campus community, and especially our students, I thank you again for your continued investment in our people and programs. I look forward to seeing many of you on campus during Homecoming Weekend, October 4–5.
Stephen D. Schutt, President