Meet Lawrenceville’s Newest Students

On March 10, 451 prospective II Formers were offered admission into The Lawrenceville School for the 2020-2021 school year out of a total 2,183 completed applications, giving this year’s class an acceptance rate of approximately 20 percent.

On March 10, 451 prospective II Formers were offered admission into The Lawrenceville School for the 2020-2021 school year out of a total 2,183 completed applications, giving this year’s class an acceptance rate of approximately 20 percent.

There was a 10 percent increase in the total number of applicants from last year, following an increasing trend in the number of applicants to Lawrenceville each year. From 2009 to 2019, there has been a 29 percent increase in the total number of applicants, from 1,557 applications in 2009 to 2,183 applicants in 2020. Similar to past years, applicants used the Standard Application Online (SAO) to apply, which serves as a common application among many independent schools.

This year, the Lawrenceville Admission Office adopted a new way of documenting race statistics. Applications from students of color may not seem like they have changed much, with 1,104 applications in 2017 and 1,135 in 2020. In the past, the Admission Office considered all non-white people of color to be part of one group. Moving forward, The Shelby M.C. Davis ’54 Dean of Enrollment Management Greg Buckles and the rest of the Admissions office plans “to honor and recognize all the various forms of diversity…in a meaningful way.”

In accordance with the School’s increased efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, the Admission Office has begun categorizing international applicants by their citizenship as well as their home addresses. Through this new categorization, the School hopes to properly recognize the many races within the non-white people of color category. On this development, Buckles said, “We don’t have a specific benchmark on where we want to be, [and] at no point would we be able to say, ‘we’re satisfied now with the representation of the school racially, socially and economically.’ We always want to be improving.”

The newest members of the School come from all over the world, with 16 percent of newly enrolled students being international. The most prevalent countries of origin are Hong Kong/China, Canada, Vietnam, and South Korea. Buckles also noted that applicants from China and other countries in Asia have risen significantly over the past several years after China’s visa policy changed in 2008. Within the United States, the new class is made up of students from 27 different states, with the most represented states being New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, and Florida. By bringing in students from a variety of backgrounds, Buckles hopes that each Form has “a wide range of perspectives and life experiences, whether in the residential houses or at the Harkness Table.”

40 percent of legacy students who applied were accepted, a much higher admittance rate compared to the 20 percent general admissions rate. In accordance with usual years, 70 percent of newly admitted students will be boarding students, while 30 percent will be day students.

Reflecting on the class of 2024, Buckles commented, “This year’s class is an extremely diverse and talented class overall [and] we’re very pleased with the contributions we think they will be able to make at all levels.”

Buckles also noted that the Class of 2024 “was born through determination.” With the Covid-19 pandemic changing many aspects of Lawrenceville, the students’ revisit day experience was undoubtedly different, with the School doing their best during virtual revisit days.

Addressing the class of 2024 and all the new additions to the Lawrenceville campus, Buckles stated, “Each and every one of you deserves to be here.”

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