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UConn Sees Jump in Applications

January 16, 2014 By: Stephanie Reitz

The number of high school students seeking admission to UConn’s Storrs campus next fall has jumped significantly over last year’s figures, comprising a pool of potential freshmen with even higher average SAT scores and more diversity than previous years’ classes.

More than 29,500 students applied as of Wednesday’s due date, a 10 percent increase over last year’s number. The average SAT score of the applicants is 12 points higher than last year’s, and the number of minority applicants also increased by nearly 16 percent – an important consideration in UConn’s goal to increasingly diversify its student body.

The jump in UConn applications runs counter to national and regional trends in which declines in the number of high school graduates have caused many universities to see their applications and enrollments level off or decrease.

But while the population of potential applicants to universities nationwide is declining, UConn’s new application figures show it’s capturing a larger and more talented piece of the shrinking pie – a fact that UConn officials attribute to the strength of its academic offerings, its affordability, and its commitment to targeted growth in key programs.

Indeed, several of those programs – including engineering, business, digital media, and allied health sciences – are among the disciplines that saw significant increases in interest from the potential new UConn students who applied for admission.

The increase in applications also comes as UConn is investing in new faculty, updating its academic plan, and planning for the Next Generation Connecticut initiative to revolutionize its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula over the next 10 years.

“Nothing speaks more loudly about the academic reputation, attractiveness, and value of a university like a huge rise in applications,” says President Susan Herbst. “It is a widespread recognition of the excellence of our faculty, our student experience, and our alumni.

“We are grateful, daily, for the investment by our governor, legislature, and the many donors who make this such an attractive institution to students in Connecticut and around the globe,” she says.

Parents and students apply to colleges based on excellence and value, Herbst says, adding, “This is outstanding data-based recognition of our affordability, and demonstrates value like no other statistic possibly can.”

The numbers have more than doubled since 2001, when the University received about 13,600 applications.

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