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Feb. 13: Carnegie Mellon Receives Record Number of Undergraduate Applications


Jenni King

Carnegie Mellon Receives Record Number
Of Undergraduate Applications, Again    

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission for the 2007–2008 school year. Numbers released Feb. 1 by the university's Office of Undergraduate Admission indicate that 22,052 students have applied for 1,360 available seats. This marks an increase of 3,559 applications (or 19.2 percent) over last year, which was also a record year for applications.    

"It's an amazing increase, really," said Mike Steidel, director of admission. "The increase is a result of Carnegie Mellon's continued recognition as a leader in education and research."     

According to Steidel, this generation of students and parents is seeking quality and reputation, a fact that is reflected by university survey results. The surveys reveal that 47 percent of freshman polled cite Carnegie Mellon's consistently high ranking in national magazines as a "very important" reason for choosing to enroll, while more than 82 percent cite the university's academic reputation.    

Steidel also attributes the surge in applications to an increase in the number of college applications per applicant and to the use of the Common Application, which streamlines the application process to major universities like Carnegie Mellon.