Admissions & Student Aid

Why Drexel U. Tamed Its Application Monster

Mark Makela for The Chronicle

John Fry, president of Drexel U., says of the university’s soaring tally of applications: “On the surface things looked great, but, in fact, this wasn’t sustainable.”
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When applications fall, trouble often follows. So when Drexel University saw about half as many applicants this year as last, it braced for a smaller freshman class — and less revenue.

In June the institution laid off a few dozen employees, part of...

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