Janet Rapelye was named the next president of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education.
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Janet Rapelye, Princeton’s dean of admission since 2003, is leaving the University to become president of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). She will begin her new role Nov. 1.

Under Rapelye’s leadership, applications to Princeton nearly tripled, from 13,690 in 2004 to 35,370 in 2018. In 2005, she oversaw the expansion of the undergraduate student body following the opening of Whitman College. In 2006, Princeton dropped its early admissions program and then reinstated it in 2011 to help build a stronger and more diverse freshman class. Last fall, the University began accepting applications from transfer students for the first time since 1990.

President Eisgruber ’83 praised Rapelye’s work in a University news release. “Choosing among the thousands of qualified applicants to Princeton is a nearly impossible task, and she has handled it with skill, sensitivity and integrity,” he said.

COFHE is an organization representing 35 liberal-arts colleges and universities, including Princeton, which are “committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of admitted students,” according to the group’s website.

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