Numbers Game

by · January 7, 2019

By Dan Feyno

Think of a college — any college at all. Maybe you went to that school. Whatever the school may be, close your eyes and let your mind wander back there for a moment. I’d bet that your first thoughts weren’t of enrollment numbers, retention rates, average financial aid packages, or regional accreditation. More realistically, you recalled the sights and sounds of campus, the memories you may have made there, the friendships forged, and the lessons learned.

For many, the perception of a college is based on one’s own relationship to that institution. In spite of this, we expect our high school students to make momentous decisions regarding their future based on statistics, reports, indices, and averages. This is not to say that data is negligible; with over 5,000 colleges and universities in the nation, it’s essential for students to inform their decision-making with quantifiable data.

Now, try thinking about Mount Saint Mary College. Did you think of our spirited, close-knit population of 1,700 undergraduate students? Maybe you remembered seeing that about 80% of freshmen return for their sophomore year. Perhaps you know a little something about the Order of Dominican Sisters who founded the school in 1959 and the foundational tenets of service, community-building, and teaching which continue to guide us today.

When looking at colleges, it’s important to let your research inform your choices, but even more crucial to factor your own experiential information into your final decision. You don’t have to take my word for it; join us for our January 27th Open House to learn what makes the Mount so much more than numbers.


Daniel Fenyo has been an admissions counselor at the Mount since September 2018. A lifelong Hudson Valley resident, he enjoys reading, writing, and all things nerdy in his free time.

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