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Department of Admissions records

Identifier: Z09-028

Content Description

Northeastern University's Office of Admissions formed in 1927 under director Milton John Schlagenhauf, replacing a Committee on Admissions. Enrollment increased drastically after World War II, from 3,623 students in 1944 to 10,671 in 1947, and it steadily increased each succeeding year. Northeastern University made a concerted effort to recruit students and provide scholarships to those who could not afford college. In 1960, an Associate Director of Admissions was hired in response to the steady increase in student admissions. In 1964, Northeastern University received a grant from the Ford Foundation to recruit more African American students. In the early 1970s, Northeastern University increased the numbers of minority and female students. In the late 1980s, fewer students were enrolling in colleges across the country, due to a struggling economy and a decreased pool of college-age students. In 1990, Northeastern University suffered a 28% decline in the number of enrolled students from the previous year. To stabilize enrollment, the school began to downsize, adopting a stricter admissions standards for incoming students. Previously, Northeastern University had an almost open undergraduate admissions policy, accepting 90% of freshman applicants. The new standards kept freshman class sizes between 2,500 and 2,800 students, increased the selectivity of the admissions process, and increased financial aid to retain high caliber students. This dramatic shift in admissions policies sustained Northeastern University through its financial crisis and continues to support its initiative to become a top 100 research university. Mainly admissions brochures. The collection is unprocessed. 46/4 Add to A75. Accessioned 2008 Dec 22.

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  • ca. 2002-2008


0.15 cubic feet (0.15 cubic feet in 1 half-manuscript box.)