The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy offered admission to 104 out of 180 applicants on February 28, an acceptance rate of 58%, an increase from last year when 42% of applicants were offered admission. the McIntire School of BusinessOn the same day, the program released decisions regarding its BS in Commerce program – the program received a record 613 applicants and accepted 61% of applicants, for a total of 375 students.

The Batten undergraduate program is a selective program in which students earn a liberal arts degree—a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership—focused on understanding how public policy decisions are made. Batten also offers minors in Public Policy and Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship.

The representation of women among admitted students roughly corresponded to Last year, said Ann Mulligan, director of undergraduate admissions for Batten. Women represented 69% of the admitted student pool and 69% of the applicant pool. In the Class of 2023 cohort, women made up 71% of admitted applicants. The average GPA of admitted students was also comparable to last year, with an average GPA of 3.768 representing a range of 3.2 to 4.0.

Due to the preliminary nature of these statistics—the bachelor’s program will accept applications from direct transfer applicants from outside institutions as well as from waitlisted students—and the small cohort size, the Admissions Office was unable to report demographic breakdowns.

the Trade program is a two-year program that prepares students for careers in business and offers several concentrations to allow students to perfect their studies in a specific field. The major offers concentrations in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and information technology. Students also have the opportunity to to select up to two study tracks – Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Quantitative Finance, Strategic Brand Consulting and Communications and Real Estate.

In an email to the Cavalier Daily, Karen Connors said more information about the cohort’s demographic breakdown will be released once decisions are made for the cohort. Transfer students applying from different universities will not receive a decision until June.

Last year, 597 students applied to the program, and 63 percent were accepted. Since 2017, the acceptance rate has fluctuated from 66% in 2017 to 59% in 2018 and 2019, then to 63% in 2020 and 2021.

According to Connors, the admissions office noticed students actively engaged in their studies and challenged themselves to prepare for the business program. The business program also considers many factors in applicants beyond academic background, including extracurricular activities and leadership skills.

“Beyond academics, our incoming class includes students who have engaged within and beyond their community through a variety of meaningful activities,” Connors said. “In their engagement, they demonstrated the development of leadership and communication skills, team orientation and a high level of emotional intelligence.”

The program has gone to great lengths to recruit students and provide potential students with the opportunity to learn about the major, Connors said. Trade Blog provides admissions information as well as stories from students, faculty, and alumni.

“We have done our best to maintain connections and provide all students with the opportunity to engage with our office even during the pandemic,” Connors said. “We offer walk-in counseling, one-on-one counseling appointments, information sessions, and work to provide many perspectives and insights on our newsletter and blog.”

Connors also pointed out that the business school has worked on numerous initiatives focused on communities underrepresented in business, including collaborations with the LGBTQ+ Center, Multicultural Student Services, and Office of African American Affairs. , as well as events focused on to attract women.

Connors said she was pleased with the credentials of the new cohort and the admissions committee’s selection process for applicants.

“Our candidates once again presented remarkably strong academic credentials,” Connors said. “The committee considered many factors in its efforts to create a well-rounded class that will contribute to and benefit from our educational environment and our business community.”

Batten also focused on expanding its recruitment efforts to reach a wider variety of students, using events and hybrid programs to expand information sessions and appointment availability for students. .

To reach out to underrepresented students at Batten, the Admissions Office has partnered with various organizations, including the Office of Admissions, Office of African American Affairs, University Student American Veterans, Virginia Athletics, Services multicultural students and career center. The office has also partnered with student organizations in Batten, including Women in Policy, Black Student Leaders in Policy, and the Batten Latinx Network.

Sophomore Christian Taylor was recently admitted to Batten’s undergraduate program and said he decided to apply after attending the classes and exposure to political executives.

“I really resonated with the motto that politics is everywhere, at least from anywhere, and that’s how I realized [Batten] is something where I could have more impact,” Taylor said.

Taylor hopes to use Batten’s program and framework to further develop her social entrepreneurship efforts, including a start-up to connect low-income litigants to legal aid organizations.

Camille Weinburg, a sophomore, highlighted her enthusiasm for joining a smaller cohort of students, as well as applying the Batten program to her postgraduate goals to work in humanitarian aid.

“After college, I want to go to the Peace Corps,” Weinburg said. “I want to do something to really help people… and I felt like [Batten] was a good way to go.

Students had to accept or decline their offer for Batten by March 11, while students had to accept or decline offers for the business school by March 7. Decisions for the Batten Minor in Leadership and Public Policy will be released on March 25.