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Universities Receive Record Number Of Applications

Compiled By CityTownInfo.com Staff
January 19, 2010

university applicationInstitutions of higher learning throughout the country are reporting seeing a significant number of applications this year.

Despite substantial increases in student fees, the University of California saw a record number of community college transfer applications for the fall of 2010. The Sacramento Bee reports that 134,029 students applied to UC, reflecting a 17.5 percent increase in transfer applications.

"The growth really occurred at the transfer level, and it is significant," noted Susan Wilbur, UC's director of undergraduate admissions, who was quoted by the Bee. "We're very pleased about that because we know beginning your higher education at a community college is a cost-effective way to obtain a baccalaureate degree. It's good for the students and the state."

At the University of Chicago, applications increased by a staggering 42 percent over last year to 19,306 applications, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. University officials credited the growth to broadening academic programs and enhanced student life opportunities.

At Princeton University, which has a reputation for providing superior financial aid to its students, a record 26,166 applications were received. The number reflected a 19 percent increase over last year's record of 21,963 applications. Over the past six years, applications to the university have increased by 91 percent.

"We are delighted with this increase, especially with the economic challenges families are facing," said Janet Rapelye, the school's dean of admission, who was quoted in a story on Princeton's Web site. "It appears our financial aid message of affordability is reaching more students than in the past."

Similarly, the Baltimore Sun reports that Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County have all seen significant increases in the number of applications received: At UMBC, applications rose 27 percent. At Loyola, applications were up 30 percent over last year. Even at Hopkins--where student fees are $55,000 a year--binding early applications rose 10 percent to a record 1,155 and regular applications are currently 13 percent higher than last year.

John Latting, director of undergraduate admissions at Hopkins, noted that despite the difficult economic times, families are obviously aware of the importance of a solid education.

"It's a tough labor market it which you have to compete hard, and that makes us and places like us more attractive," Latting told the Sun. "You compete based on what you know and what you can do, so the places that are known for delivering those tools are in good shape."

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