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UConn Breaks Record for Undergraduate Applications

Applications to UConn have increased by 36 percent over the past two years, according to the university.

The University of Connecticut received a record 30,000 applications for undergraduate admission for Fall 2012, UConn Spokesperson Michael Kirk announced Friday.

The previous record was last year's 28,100.

Officials believe the university will enroll over 3,200 freshmen on the Storrs campus for the fall.

“While no single factor can explain the dramatic increase in interest, recent attention paid to UConn’s rise in the national rankings to become a top 20 school among public universities certainly had an impact,” Nathan Fuerst, UConn’s director of admissions, said in a prepared statement.

“Our excellent academic reputation combined with our very competitive cost also means the university represents an outstanding value for families. Our athletic successes have also traditionally played a role in generating more interest in becoming a Husky,” he said.

UConn was recently ranked among the top 20 national public universities in the United States, by U.S. News and World Report and 30th among the top 100 national public universities that offer the "best value for a quality education," by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.

“While UConn still has a considerable number of applications to review, this class of applicants appears to be very strong academically,” said Fuerst.

“We have good reason to be optimistic about the quality of the class of 2012,” he said.

The university will continue to act on applications for the fall semester through May 1.

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