HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ School officials say applications to the University of Connecticut surged by more than 23 percent this year.
Officials credit the increase to intensified recruiting and a switch to the Common Application, which makes it easier for high school students to apply.
There were 28,100 freshman applications this year for the Storrs and regional campuses combined, an increase of 5,265. It was the highest percentage increase since 2003, when applications jumped 27.5 percent.
Freshman applicants from out of state for the Storrs campus went up 38 percent; the increase for in-state freshman applicants was 6.5 percent.
Lee H. Melvin, vice president for enrollment planning and management, tells The Hartford Courant the application increase was much more than expected.
Melvin says the school expects to accept 48 or 49 percent of applicants.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
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