Ithaca College Overshoots Its Admissions Mark and Pays a Price

Ithaca College Overshoots Its Admissions Mark and Pays a Price 1

Michael Okoniewski for The Chronicle

Matt Whelan shares cramped space with a roommate in a temporary dormitory at Ithaca. Their beds are above their desks.

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Michael Okoniewski for The Chronicle

Matt Whelan shares cramped space with a roommate in a temporary dormitory at Ithaca. Their beds are above their desks.

In a year of unusually high uncertainty over admissions at private colleges, Ithaca College appears to have missed its target by a larger margin than most.

Now it is dealing with the financial consequences—even paying 31 students up to $10,000 each to defer their enrollment for a year—and adjusting its admissions policies and financial-aid spending plans in response.

Ithaca had aimed to enroll 1,700 to 1,750 new freshmen but found itself with an incoming class of