14 Percent of Andover Applicants Accepted into 237th Class

On March 10, 3,049 students nervously sat by their computer screens, constantly refreshing the Andover decision webpage in hopes of receiving an acceptance email from the Andover Admissions Office. 427 — or 14 percent — of these students received an invitation to join the 237th admitted class for the 2014-2015 school year. These 427 students were chosen from an applicant pool representing 33 states and 25 countries, according to Bill Leahy, Director of Admission. This year’s acceptance rate is a slight increase from last year’s historically-low 13 percent. “We are not interested in just driving up applications and driving down the admit rate in order to appear even more selective than we already are. Instead, our focus all fall during our interviewing season was to help families think about the best ‘academic and social fit’ so that they could develop an appropriate list of potential schools,” said Leahy in an email to The Phillipian. Leahy attributed 2013’s unusual admission rate to an enrollment management strategy designed to prevent over-enrollment. In 2012, Andover saw a record-breaking 84 percent matriculation rate, prompting the school to create additional housing options to accommodate a greater number of students. The high yield required renovations to Tucker House to add more rooms and three-room triples and one-room doubles to be formed around campus. $5,685,000 in financial aid was awarded by the Admission Office to this year’s admitted class. Approximately 47 percent of the student body is projected to be on financial aid in the 2014-2015 school year, with 13 percent on full scholarship, according to the Andover website. 51 percent of admitted students identified themselves as white. 24 percent identified as Asian, Asian American or Biracial Asian, and 16 percent identified as Native American, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Biracial, according to Andover’s Website.