College Applications Rise about 5 Percent

Preliminary results show a record of more than 30,000 applicants.

Applications for admission to Harvard College increased nearly 5 percent, to an estimated 30,500 from 29,114 last year, according to preliminary data released by William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.  Among the factors cited for the continuing growth in applications--which have doubled since 1994--the University news release mentioned the continuing appeal of the College's expanded financial-aid package and increased interest in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences among prospective students. The full news release is available here.

Among other selective institutions reporting results, the University of Chicago, which launched much more aggressive marketing and outreach efforts this year, had a 42 percent increase in applications, to more than 19,300.

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