New Haven, Conn – UConn will have its pick of over 34,000 high school students to fill its Freshman class next Fall. That’s the largest number of applicants ever to apply. It’s an increase of almost 9 percent over last year. They’re all fighting for 3,500 spots at UConn’s main campus, and about 1,400 at branch campuses around the state.
The students are more qualified and diverse than last year too. The average SAT score of applicants is 13 points higher than last year, and there are more minority applicants than ever before.
What UConn is experiencing is the exceptional, not the rule. There are less high school graduates nationwide, so many universities have seen enrollment plateau or even go down. UConn’s director of admissions, Nathan Fuerst, says the applicants see the chance to be a part of something special by coming to the university.
UConn is also getting a lot of good press, which could be helping to boost enrollment. The school has steadily occupies a top spot on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges. It’s also a perennial top 25 institution on U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the best public universities.
Those college-hopefuls will know soon enough if they’ll be a part of UConn’s class of 2019. Decision letters will be mailed out Friday.