The final number of applications for the Class of 1960 will probably be less than last year's record total of 4,017, Dean Henry announced yesterday.
At present the Admissions Office has received "about 3,200 applications," Henry said. The official deadline for receiving them was January 15--a month earlier than last year--but "quite a few are still coming in," he noted.
This marks the first year since just after World War II that the number of applicants has declined. Henry attributed the decrease to the new ten-dollar application fee, now required for the first time by the Big Three colleges. "There are fewer shoppers who apply to a great many places," he explained.
The lower number of applications has not affected geographical distribution, according to Henry. "We were afraid that students in some districts would be discouraged from applying by the new fee, but this does not seem to be the case," he said.
The recent announcement of a tuition rise came too late to affect the number of applicants, Henry said. It may mean, however, that more of the prospective students will have to apply for scholarship aid.
Administration officials have not yet fixed the size of the Class of 1960, but it is expected the figure will be slightly above 1,100, roughly the same as last year's class.