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Feb. 9: Carnegie Mellon Receives Record Number of Undergraduate Applications


Ken Walters                            

Carnegie Mellon Receives Record Number
Of Undergraduate Applications    

PITTSBURGH-Carnegie Mellon University has received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission for the 2009–2010 school year. Numbers released Feb. 1 by the university's Office of Undergraduate Admission indicate that 22,780 applications have been received for 1,360 available seats. This marks an increase of 728 applications over the previous record of 22,052 applications, which the university received for the 2007–2008 school year. The university also reported a record number of early decision applications, which totaled 1,108 and were up 30 percent over last year.
"I think our application numbers continue to confirm Carnegie Mellon's position as a recognized leader in education and research among the world's best institutions of higher education," said Mike Steidel, director of admission. "We're fortunate that in light of today's economic challenges, families continue to believe a high quality education is an excellent and worthy investment."     
Steidel noted that Carnegie Mellon's consistent recognition in the national media is often cited by students as an important reason for choosing to enroll at the university. He also attributed the rise 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.