Early Applications for Fall 2012 Arrive at Menlo

Prospective students tour Menlo College during one of its Open Houses.

September 12, 2011

The word is getting out about Menlo College. From business-focused majors like accounting to new athletics programs to enhanced student life activities, the school’s offerings have never been stronger—it recently received The Princeton Review’s “Best of the West” award for the third year straight. Already, the college has received hundreds of applications for next year. The early admission deadline is December 1, but the admissions department is accepting applications beginning this month. Because selecting a college is such a critical decision, it’s important to start the process early. Here’s what students can look forward to as they apply to Menlo.

New to Menlo for Fall 2012 are programs in Media Management and Real Estate. Because of the college’s small size and proximity to Silicon Valley, it is able to respond to industry changes rapidly; students in the Media Management program can prepare for leadership roles in media-related consulting, finance, and marketing in the age of social media, and students in the Real Estate program will learn about real estate acquisitions and development. The two new programs join Menlo’s very popular programs in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, and Management, among its other concentrations.

Menlo Athletics is also expanding its programs. Next fall, it will launch a men’s volleyball team. It will also build upon the momentum of the co-ed competitive cheer program, just launched this year.

At Menlo College, the focus is on small class sizes, which allows professors to provide more personalized instruction. So when prospective students send in a question related to the academics at Menlo, those inquiries go straight to the appropriate faculty member. “Our faculty will talk to them about their classes and career opportunities, and often extend an invitation to sit in on their classes—it’s a great way for the student to see the small classes and personal attention that they will get,” said David Placey, Vice President of Enrollment Management & Planning at Menlo College. “We encourage students to come take a campus tour. It’s so critical that students are knowledgeable about the environment that they will be learning in. Menlo is a small enough place so that you can actually meet the president when you stop by!”

Although prospective students are welcome to tour the campus at any time, there are three major events scheduled this year. The first, on October 1, is Open House, where students can come and learn about campus life and support services, as well as Menlo’s strong athletics programs. At the end of January, another Open House provides students with more information about Menlo’s academic programs and majors. And in March, Preview Day is a chance for students to sit in on classes and attend the president’s reception and the school’s traditional luau.

All signs show that the college is becoming more competitive. Each year, the applicants have been stronger academically, according to Placey. There was a waitlist this year, and enrollment is up—the 2011 entering class is nine percent larger than last year's. And the student retention rate (the number of students that continue their studies from year to year) is higher than the national average. “Our retention rate says that we’re doing a really good job in monitoring students’ success and providing services to support them,” said Placey. “We’re looking forward to fostering the next group of students.”