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Spring 2021

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These responses from Falone Serna, Vice President for Enrollment Management, discuss changes to enrollment for the 2020-2021 year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This interview was performed through email correspondence. He reports that the college experienced a 40% decline in applications and many students decided to take leaves of absence or delayed their enrollment. Online learning also meant that campus tours could not be held, which Mr. Serna notes is important for incoming students. He also mentions the challenges that student athletes, international students, and low-income and first-generation students. Student athletes make up approximately a third of the Whittier student body. Low-income and first-generation students make up a significant amount of the population, and international students face additional complications regarding the status of their visas. This is an insight into how Whittier College handled its enrollment strategies during the pandemic.

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