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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities receives record number of freshman applications for seventh straight year

Contacts: Daniel Wolter, University News Service,, (612) 624-5551

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/12/2010) —Freshman applications to the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota for fall semester 2010 have increased nine percent (more than 3,000 applications) over fall 2009. To date, the university has received more than 35,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 5,300 students. Over the last five years, freshman applications have increased 83 percent (15,300 applications).

According to Wayne Sigler, director of admissions, a number of factors have contributed to the continued growing interest in the university, including the quality of the educational experience, its great value and the opportunities that its location in a major metropolitan area provides students.

The very strong interest in the university is making an already competitive admissions process even more competitive. “We are extremely grateful for the strong interest in the university and we do not take applicants’ interest for granted,” said Sigler.

“We are especially grateful that so many Minnesota residents are applying to the state’s flagship university.  Minnesota students make up approximately two-thirds of the freshman class each year, and the university is committed to making certain that the enrollment of Minnesota students remains strong. As long as Minnesota has been a state, the university has been committed to providing educational opportunities to its sons and daughters, and that has not changed," said Sigler.

"Admission decisions are based on a holistic assessment of each application. The University of Minnesota does not use automatic criteria or minimum scores to make decisions. Each application is important to us and we take great care in individually reviewing each application to ensure that all students receive a thorough, fair, and consistent review,” said Sigler.


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