Record prefrosh crowd expected

A record number of prefrosh are expected to arrive on campus Monday for this year’s Bulldog Days.

As of Wednesday, 1,185 students had signed up to attend the three-day event, matching last year’s record-high turnout — and Liz Kinsley, director of outreach and recruitment, said she expects a handful of late registrations to trickle in over the next few days. In addition to the participating in campus tours, visiting classes, meeting students and exploring the activities bazaars, this year’s prefrosh can look forward to some new highlights that include a performance by Provost Peter Salovey’s band, the Professors of the Bluegrass, and a screening of the Admissions Office’s YouTube sensation “That’s Why I Chose Yale,” accompanied by a discussion with the video’s creators.

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“We think Bulldog Days is a big factor in decisions,” Dean of Admissions Jeff Brenzel said. “It is not so much a matter of persuading anyone to come to Yale as it is making sure they know what Yale has to offer, and just as importantly, what kind of community Yale has to offer.”

Brenzel added that prefrosh who attend Bulldog Days are also more likely to matriculate.

Despite budget cuts elsewhere in the University, this year’s Bulldog Days has been unaffected and will continue to feature Bulldog Days traditions such as “master classes” taught by eminent faculty (including one on politics taught by Charles Hill and another on the cognitive science of pleasure taught by Paul Bloom), the academic fair, the extracurricular bazaar, entertainment showcases and the New Haven Pizza Party, Kinsley said.

Kinsley added that this year’s prefrosh will be greeted earlier than usual, at 5 p.m. on Old Campus rather than at 9:45 p.m. in Commons as in past years. Parents and students will also be able to participate in a series of forums where seniors will present their work, Kinsley added.

Already, students on campus are preparing to greet the influx of prefrosh, with over 225 student groups currently signed up for tables at the extracurricular bazaar, said Mark Dunn, assistant director of admissions.

Well over 400 suites have also signed up to host students over two nights, leaving the Admissions Office with a “solid backup list” as it finishes matching prefrosh with their hosts, Kinsley said.

Pedro Jolon, a high school senior who will fly in from Puerto Rico to attend Bulldog Days, said the three-day event will help him get a feel of the campus atmosphere. Jolon said he has also been admitted to Stanford, Princeton, Williams College and the University of Chicago and is currently deciding between Yale and Williams.

Fryda Guedes, a senior from Miami, Fl., said she has already made the decision to matriculate to Yale but is still excited to “revisit the campus, check out the dorms and get plenty of questions answered.”

This year’s Bulldog Days will be held from April 19 to 21.

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