Our admission prospects are looking very good as the enrollment management team is reviewing a robust set of regular decision applications that were due January 7. The combined total of early and regular decision applications reached 14,945 applications, an increase of 4% over last year. From the pool of admitted students we are targeting an enrollment of 1275 students for the incoming freshman class.
The early applicant pool had a strong showing with 4,677 applications received by the November 1 deadline. This pool included applicants taking advantage of the Early Action and the newly implemented Early Decision options. The combined total of early applicants represented 9% more than last year's single Early Action pool. We were pleased with the outcome of the first-ever binding Early Decision option, under which 85 students have deposited.
Event Planning Office
In December, the Event Planning Office (EPO) staff moved from the Benson Memorial Center to the Walsh Administration Building, and is now part of the President’s Office staff. Karrie Grasser, Assistant Vice President of University Protocol and Events, and her team of Elizabeth Carter, Mary Johnson, Blake Malcolm and Stephanie Woitte, will continue to provide the University with event planning leadership, advisory support, and services that advance University-wide event development and production management. In the new organization, the EPO staff will continue to manage Undergraduate and Graduate Commencements, the Golden Circle Theatre Party, and staffing for the Board of Fellows. Since joining the President’s Office, they have taken on additional responsibilities including staffing for both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents.
The EPO staff is also tasked with developing a set of University-wide standards and protocol, which will help ensure that all events exhibit a level of consistency and quality showcasing Santa Clara’s excellence. Further details will be forthcoming as the team transitions to the new organization and their new duties. They are a welcome addition to the President’s Office, and I look forward to their continued support and assistance in University events across campus.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- January 26-February 2 - Meetings and alumni event in Hong Kong
- February 7 - Men's Basketball v. St. Mary's
- February 8 - Board of Trustees Meeting
- February 9 - Golden Circle Theatre Party
- February 12 - State of the University
- February 13 - Ash Wednesday
- February 18 - President's Day
- February 22-23 - Family Weekend
- February 25 - Joint Meeting of California and Oregon Provinces on Higher Education
- February 26-27 - Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Presidents Meeting
State of the University
Please join me for the annual State of the University address, which will be held on Tuesday, February 12, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. I invite and encourage you to attend the University-wide event as we gather as a community to reflect on past achievements, current opportunities and future plans for fulfilling our aspirations for Santa Clara University.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea,
to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, …
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
- Luke 2: 4-7
Dear Members of the University Community,
This is the time of year when Christians celebrate the miraculous event of the birth of Jesus Christ to the Virgin Mary. The Gospels tell the familiar narrative of Joseph caring for his pregnant wife, of Mary giving birth to the Son of God, and of the shepherds journeying to the manger to pay homage to the newborn King.
We see in this image of a brave mother, a humble father and a helpless infant the images and life stories of people all around us. It is in the humanity of neighbors known and unknown where we can discover the face of God who sent Jesus to redeem the world. During this Christmas season we reflect on God’s great love for us and see it manifested in the lives of our own holy families and the holy family of all humanity.
Celebrated at this time also is the Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah, which will take place December 9-16. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews of Judah triumphed over their oppressors. For Jewish people around the world, these days recall the light of justice and peace that will triumph over the darkness of conflict and injustice.
In many faith traditions, light symbolizes the best of who we are and hope for blessings to come. This holiday season I pray that with your family and friends you experience the peace, joyful living and unconditional love that God wishes for all of us. May this also be a time for us to see the face of God in those who suffer illness, injustice, and economic insecurity, and to respond as members of the same family. At Christmas Mass, I shall remember the Santa Clara community, thanking God for all of you and asking God’s blessing now and throughout the new year.
With best wishes,
Michael E. Engh, S.J.