Pitt’s first-year enrollment was up 17.8% compared to the previous year, the University Senate President Chris Bonneau said at last Wednesday’s Faculty meeting.
Bonneau was added to the deposits of the students are eligible for Pell Grants are of up to 25 per cent of deposits from minorities and under-represented has increased by 23% and out-of-state deposits, an increase of 22%.
The first application deadline for incoming first-years tend to fall registration, passed on the 1st of May. But with the University in March to take decisions to move on in the last few weeks of the spring semester the whole of the in the summer online, there is no clear consensus as to what the entry will look like this. A new chancellor, Patrick Gallagher, housed in three the task force in order to decide on the manner in which the education system, and to re-open the building as a decision to be made at the beginning of July.
According to Molly Swagler, the assistant to the vice provost for enrollment, the uncertainty hasn’t stopped prospective students to enroll. Even though it is still at too early a stage to determine a significant fluctuation in enrollment numbers, Swagler said the amount of students asking to be a part of it for the upcoming fall semester, and less than two dozen students, with effect from the 7th of May.
The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, declined to specify the number of incoming first-years are currently committed to Pitt, but said that the information to be available in mid-September.
Seamus Regan, an incoming first-year students, he said, given the current circumstances, at the very least, he hopes that the first half will start on time.
“I don’t want to miss out on one of my first year in college,” Regan said. “I am aware that this is not possible, because of what’s going on, and I know it may not be safe, and I know that safety is a number one priority.”
Zach Orwig, an incoming first-year students on the pre-med track, said he is concerned about the lack of the social aspect of the college as of the fall semester, it is in a digital format.
“What worries me, is not in a position to start meeting new friends, or take part in activities that will take place during the orientation week,” Orwig said.
Orwig, plans to continue his education at the medical school for the next four years of undergrad, and don’t want to second-half delay to the start of his plans for the future.
“I don’t want to delay my admission, as if it would take a year for me, and still is, a medical doctor,” Orwig said.
Despite the Likely higher proportion of the deposits, recent data the National College Completion network, showed a sharp national decline in students renew FAFSA application for the 2020-21 academic year.
“There are nearly 250,000 or less, returning students from lower-income backgrounds have renewed their FAFSA for the 2020-21 cycle,” the group said.
In order to show students will have more “flexibility” during this pandemic, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency has extended the deadline to apply for a a state grant on the 1st of May to 15th of May.
According to Swagler, it is still too early to say whether the low number of student aid applicants, the ring is for Pitt students, in view of the long period of time.
But since Pitt ‘ s low-delay rate, it seems likely that the number of incoming first-year students, especially, to stay positive, in spite of the possibility of an online, fall semester. Even if it is in the beginning of his college experience has been unusual, Orwig said that he is excited for the kick-off are Likely to travel this coming fall.
“What makes college worth the money and it is the relationships that have been created by people who share the same beliefs, and it will help you achieve your goals,” Orwig said.