In their effort to recruit more students for the still-new Yale-NUS College, admissions officers from Yale-NUS will travel to over 40 countries.
The recruitment effort attempts to raise awareness about the college beyond Singapore and New Haven. Yale-NUS’s recruitment cycle runs from March until November, Yale-NUS Admissions Dean Kristin Greene said. On these recruitment trips, admissions officers give presentations on Yale-NUS and meet with students, families and college counselors to talk about the school’s curriculum.
In addition, Greene said, throughout the recruitment season, admissions officers host college counselors from around the world. On these visits, the counselors to meet with faculty and students and attend sample classes. Recruiting globally is a chief aim of the admissions office, Greene said.
Currently, she added, the school’s 320 students come from 41 different nationalities and six continents.
“We’re really unique in that we’re 40 percent international, and that’s pretty much unheard of elsewhere,” Greene said. “We’re really looking to build a global community.”
The admissions office at Yale-NUS also enlists the college’s students in spreading the word about Yale-NUS. Greene said that by telling people in their hometowns about Yale-NUS, students can influence others to apply.
Yale-NUS professor Amber Carpenter, who sits on the school’s Admissions Faculty Committee, added that in the future, the geographic makeup of the college is likely to shift.
“In the future we may have more students, say, from Europe than North America,” Carpenter said. “At the moment the plan is for the Singaporean constituency to decline slightly, which will increase the plan for people coming from around the world.”
Walter Yeo NUS ’18 said he chose to come to Yale-NUS because it gave him the unique opportunity to pursue a legal education and a liberal arts education simultaneously, but he has also been impressed by the school’s diversity.
Greene said the school aims to increase its class size from 190 for the class of 2019 to 250 per class. This will result in the expansion of the college to about 1,000 students in total.
Still, faculty interviewed said they do not want this expanding class size to affect the small class format of the curriculum. Yale-NUS professor Brian McAdoo said the school’s 10:1 faculty ratio and the small discussions that this ratio makes possible are essential to the Yale-NUS experience. Seminars are capped at 17 students, he said.
But Yale-NUS President Pericles Lewis said the expansion of the student body will be complemented by an increase in faculty by 100 members over the next five years. Therefore, other areas of the college are expanding to meet the demands of having more students on campus, he said.
Yale-NUS professor Shaffique Adam said that going forward, it will be important to strongly support the need-blind admissions policy and highlight it to potential students.
Yale-NUS welcomed its first class in 2013.