Member institutions of Ivy League and the Seven College Conference sent acceptance letters to candidates for the Class of 1972, and overall figures showed that applications to the men’s schools increased ten and one-half percent over the previous year while applications to the women’s colleges decreased by five percent.  Among the Seven Colleges, Vassar’ applications declined most steeply at 14 percent, followed by Bryn Mawr (11 ½ percent), Wellesley (4 ½ percent) and Smith (4 percent).  Applications to Radcliffe increased by three percent.

Vassar accepted 50 percent of the applicants for its 400 freshman places, compared to acceptance rates of 35 percent, 46 percent and 48 percent at, respectively, Wellesley, Smith and Mount Holyoke.  Radcliffe accepted 13 percent of its applicants.

Both the Ivies and the Seven Sisters noted increased recruitment and enrollment of students of color, students prepared at public schools and students living outside the Northeast.  Admissions Director Jean L. Harry ’33 said that Vassar had admitted twice the number of black students as in 1967, and she credited the help of the student Afro-American Society in recruitment.  “These Negro girls at Vassar,” she said, “can talk to their friends about the total experience, academic and social, in a way we cannot.”     The New York Times