April 24, 1963
The Seven College Conference announced that the seven women’s colleges had sent 4,489 letters of acceptance into the classes of 1967, from which they expected about 2,760 new students to enroll. 11,116 completed applications were received.
Under the Early Decision Plan, 644 of the candidates had been notified the previous fall that they would be accepted. The percentage of new students accepted under this plan—which both allowed colleges to avoid the confusion of multiple applications and spared applicants months of anxiety about their futures—rose from 18 percent in 1961 to 23.3 percent in 1963.
Vassar’s admission director, Jean L. Harry ’33, who released the 1963-64 figures for the conference, noted that a major factor in determining the size of the freshmen classes was the number of upperclassmen who planned to return. “All seven of the colleges,” she said, “have noted with gratification that there has been a steady increase in the number of young women who complete four years of study and earn degrees.”
The accepted classes continued to draw from broader applicant bases. Barbara Clough, admission director at Wellesley, noted “the increasing number of applications from students in schools not previously known to Wellesley. In 1963, as in 1962, we had candidates from more than 230 schools new to us.” Jane Sehmann, director at Smith, observed that the college had seen in the last five years and increase of 200 in the public schools represented in the applications. The New York Times