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One college is donating to charity in admitted students’ honor. Will it get them to enroll?

February 19, 2021


Lanyards. Keychains. T-shirts. The typical gifts colleges send to admitted students in acceptance packages are just that — typical.

But this year, the University of Puget Sound is going in a different direction. Rather than spend $25,000 on school swag, the private Washington university is donating the amount to several local charitable organizations in honor of admitted students.

“We spend every year, like every institution does, trying to find ways to engage with our students and get them excited about being admitted to the university,” said Matthew Boyce, vice president for enrollment. “Instead of giving something that, frankly, isn’t sustainable, we could offer an opportunity to give back to our community.”

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