Student Enrollment Projections for Fall 2017
With the first stage of the AUBG admissions for Fall 2017 coming to its end, the Interim Admissions Officer Anatolie Cernii came with an official statement on April 4, accounting for the latest updates regarding enrollment process for first-year, transfer, and returning students.
According to Cernii, the AUBG Enrollment office has received nearly 400 prospective students’ applications. After a review of the submitted documents and interviews with each applicant, the admission team approved more than 300 people. The two nationality groups with the highest number of candidates are Bulgaria and Albania. Cernii pointed out that the amount of applications from Bulgarian students is higher than last year’s. He contributes this change to the political development in European Union – Brexit. The Interim Admissions Officer added that there is also an increase in the applications from Vietnamese and Pakistani students.
Cernii shared that the admissions team is expecting the confirmation of nearly 200 applicants for the Fall 2017 Semester. He derived this assumption on the historical data from the previous year’s enrollment – 199 admitted students.
“About three-fourths of our applicants are applying by March and then another 20 percent or more apply by the June deadline and very few come over the rest of the summer,” added Cernii.
The Interim Admissions Officer shared that the enrollment office will initiate its rolling admissions practice immediately after the end of the first stage of application. It will continue until the start of the new academic year. Cernii clarified that the second stage deadline in June will remain for the purpose of better distribution of financial aid and scholarship packages.
He pointed out that the Scholarship committee will meet during the second week of April in order to discuss the allocation of the first stage of application scholarships. Among this year’s financial donors are the America for Bulgaria Foundation, The Open Society Foundations, and private individuals. The evaluation criteria for an applicant’s scholarship opportunity include preferences of the beneficent to support a student with a leadership potential, community contributions, and other distinctive traits, academic promise (exam results, high school diploma, and recommendation letters) and financial need. The admissions team plans to send the confirmation letters at the start of next week. Each applicant will have a 30-day period to respond to the financial offer he or she receives.
Cernii added that there will be no second calls to students with new financial offers, a strategy that was incorporated by the former president Stratsimir Kulinski for the admission process for Fall 2016 Semester. According to the Interim Admissions Officer, the current leadership of AUBG and the admissions team have come to the consensus to discontinue this practice.