PMC Featured in Boston Globe for Late Admissions

This article originally appeared in The Boston Globe on September 10, 2007.

Being 'late' for school helps some students

Colleges extend application period

By Linda Wertheimer, Globe Staff | September 10, 2007

BROOKLINE - Jennifer Jean-Baptiste wanted to go to college, but life kept interfering last fall as her peers scrambled to write application essays and fill out a maze of forms. Her grandmother, her sole guardian, had suffered a stroke, leaving Jean-Baptiste to largely fend for herself.

So the teenager began searching for a college long after traditional application deadlines passed and acceptance letters landed in high school seniors' mailboxes.

In August, Pine Manor College stunned Jean-Baptiste - with an offer of admission, financial aid, and a dorm room.

In an area that is home to some of the nation's most brutally competitive colleges, Pine Manor - located in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline - was among 85 colleges, roughly half of the region's 175 four-year schools, willing to keep their doors open to new applicants after May 1 this year, according to a survey by the New England Board of Higher Education.

Many schools, typically private and small, use late recruitment to boost enrollment in a bid for survival, and in some cases accept students days before classes start.

"The kids who apply late are not all slackers. Sometimes, colleges will listen to you and understand," said Jean-Baptiste, 19, a Brighton High School graduate who began classes last week at Pine Manor.

This school year, 62 of Pine Manor's 184 new students applied and enrolled after May 1, and 30 made the choice after Aug. 15.

"It's survival in the sense of 'Does the world need us?' Oh, yes, if we're talking about who's not getting to college, and who can," said Pine Manor president Gloria Nemerowicz. "There are millions and millions of kids who've done fine in high school. If we all close doors in May, the country suffers."

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