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Applications from students in the top 10 percent of their high school class are up 70 percent.

UMM receives record number of student applications

January 24, 2006

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM), has received a record number of student applications for its fall 2006 incoming class.

This year's number of 885 applicants has already surpassed last year's total at this time by 278, an increase of 46 percent. These are the most students who have applied to UMM in the last seven years.

Jaime Moquin, UMM's director of admissions, cited some reasons for the large increase in applications this year. Among those is a growing awareness on the part of prospective students and their families that UMM is an exceptional value. As the only public liberal arts college in Minnesota, UMM provides a premium education at a public school price.

"Never has it been more important for students and families to get the most for their money when it comes to higher education," says Moquin. "UMM fits that bill for more and more outstanding students."

Moquin suggests that the increase in applicants is also a direct result of UMM's new recruitment philosophy, which stresses relationship-building and one-on-one connections. According to Moquin, "Everyone has made significant contributions and worked incredibly hard to let students and their parents know how much UMM has to offer."

This year's applicant pool is increasingly diverse. Applications from students of color are up by 115 percent, while applications from beyond Minnesota's borders have increased by 67 percent. Applications from students in the top 10 percent of their high school class are up 70 percent, while those from students with an ACT composite score of 28 or higher have improved by 37 percent.

Moquin also notes that applications from students seeking to transfer to UMM are beginning to surge. "I hope that students and families keep in mind that there are many routes to becoming a student at UMM," says Moquin. "We are seeing a growing number of students who choose to enroll at a community college or another four-year university and then transfer to UMM after one year of solid course work. UMM welcomes their application when the student feels it's the right time for them."

--From the UMM News Service