One of the first concerns under the new administration was to
increase the enrollment. There were but two months till the opening
of the session and haste was necessary. Accordingly, the Trustees
immediately added 29 new one-year scholarships to the 71 already
existing, and on September 5 the executive committee added others,
the total number not to exceed 150, it being expressly stated in each
instance that they were to be used to secure new students in
competition with other institutions, and further, that they were in no
sense athletic scholarships. Efforts in other ways were made to get
proper students and the result was that the enrollment for the year
1930-31 increased from the 617 of the previous year to 698, and the
number of freshmen from 178 to 249. This is a policy that President
Kitchin has pursued with his well known vigor since. The enrollment
continued to rise from year to year, and five years later, in 1934-35, it
reached 1,024, an increase of nearly 67 per cent over 1929-30, while
the number of freshmen in 1934-35 was 405, considerably more than
double the 178 of 1929-30. In the year 1940-41, the year before the
United States entered the war, the enrollment was 1,102, the number
of freshmen 415. An even more striking increase is shown in the
number of students in the college of arts and sciences, not including
those in the professional schools of Law and Medicine. In 1929-30
these numbered 473; in 1940-41, 990. The records also reveal that
these students have come from the high schools, well prepared, and
have been admitted only when they met the admission requirements
set forth in the catalogue, and that their average attainments in
scholarship are as high now as at any period of the existence of the
College. They have also added to the income of the College at the
time when the yield from endowment and other sources showed signs
of falling off. According to a statement of the Bursar the average
student con-
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