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Caroline Lippman

Jodi Picoult '87 discusses diversity, privilege during Class Day speech

“When somebody tells you no, you have two choices. You can stop in your tracks, or you can push forward,” said author Jodi Picoult ’87, the Class of 2016 Class Day speaker. Picoult discussed her time at Princeton, from a challenging yet transformative creative writing class to her experience as a manager on the men’s crew team.

U. yield reaches 68.5 percent for Class of 2020

With 1,323 students having committed to the University, the Class of 2020 yield rate currently stands at 68.5 percent, Dean of Admission Janet Rapelyesaid. The 1,323 students include 40 students who deferred admission from previous years and 14 students who were admitted this year and have already deferred to the Class of 2021, Rapelye explained. She noted that this number is subject to slight change as students notify the Admission Office of their intent to take a gap year. Although the numbers are not final, Rapelye noted that she can safely say that the 68.5 percent yield is the highest the University has had in many years. “We’re in a very good spot,” Rapelye said of the current number of incoming students for the Class of 2020.

Survey finds 72 percent of undergraduates in favor of moving fall semester finals before winter break

A survey about the academic calendar, administered by the Undergraduate Student Government Academics Committee this past March, found that 72 percent of undergraduate respondents would prefer to have fall term finals before winter break, according to Academics Committee Chair Shannon Osaka ’17. In March the Academics Committee partnered with the Graduate Student Government and the Office of the Dean of the College to compile and administer a survey to undergraduates, graduate students and faculty about the current academic calendar.

Within humanities, history remains largest major

Around 250 students from the Class of 2018 declared concentrations in the humanities this year, compared to 284 last year from the Class of 2017.The humanities include African American Studies, Architecture, Art and Archaeology, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, English, French and Italian, German, History, Music, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic Languages and Literatures and Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.The History Department remains the largest in the humanities.

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