Hotchkiss Welcomes 171 New Bearcats for the 2017-18 School Year
Hotchkiss Welcomes 171 New Bearcats for the 2017-18 School Year

Hotchkiss will welcome 171 new students to campus for the 2017-18 school year. This class of new students was selected from a pool of 1,828 applications — nearly a three percent increase over last year — resulting in an acceptance rate of 19 percent.

Students in the incoming class represent 15 countries, including Japan, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Hungary, and India, and 24 states. Domestic students of color comprise 38 percent of this year's class, compared to 31 percent last year. Moreover, 14 percent of newly enrolled students are international, and 95 percent of new students will live in dormitories on campus, giving Hotchkiss one of the highest percentages of boarding students among its peer schools. Among other trends, the three most common first names of the incoming class are Alex, Jack, and Grace. The most common last names are Choi, Flinn, Kane, and Moore. June 9 is the most popular birthday, followed by December 21 and June 20. Nearly 50 percent of new students have at least one sibling, more than 40 percent have been involved in some form of community service, more than one-third are team captains, and a third of newly enrolled students are leaders within student government at their respective schools.

"Our 'yield' on students who attend these events is historically high, and our survey of admitted families indicates that more than 70 percent believe 'Hello, Hotchkiss!' was pivotal in their decision-making process." — Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Erby Mitchell

In addition to the geographic diversity of the incoming class, 30 percent of students will receive financial aid, totaling $2.8 million from a budget of $9.4 million. The school size for the 2017-18 academic year will be 613 students; projected enrollment for fall 2018 is 600 students.

During "Hello, Hotchkiss!" Revisit Days in April, more than 800 people came to campus to visit classes, sit in on panel discussions, and explore the School's academic, athletic, and arts facilities. "Our 'yield' on students who attend these events is historically high, and our survey of admitted families indicates that more than 70 percent believe 'Hello, Hotchkiss!' was pivotal in their decision-making process," said Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Erby Mitchell.

"Though the Office of Admission and Financial Aid does a great deal of work throughout the school year to recruit students and families for Hotchkiss, it is the amazing work of many within the Hotchkiss community who work tirelessly to yield the very best students for our school," he continued. "Our faculty, staff, coaches, alumni, and current parents all play a special role in communicating the value of the Hotchkiss experience."