UConn Breaks Record for Undergraduate Applications

Applications to UConn have increased by 36 percent over the past two years, according to the university.

The University of Connecticut received a record 30,000 applications for undergraduate admission for Fall 2012, UConn Spokesperson Michael Kirk announced Friday.

The previous record was last year's 28,100.

Officials believe the university will enroll over 3,200 freshmen on the Storrs campus for the fall.

“While no single factor can explain the dramatic increase in interest, recent attention paid to UConn’s rise in the national rankings to become a top 20 school among public universities certainly had an impact,” Nathan Fuerst, UConn’s director of admissions, said in a prepared statement.

“Our excellent academic reputation combined with our very competitive cost also means the university represents an outstanding value for families. Our athletic successes have also traditionally played a role in generating more interest in becoming a Husky,” he said.

UConn was recently ranked among the top 20 national public universities in the United States, by U.S. News and World Report and 30th among the top 100 national public universities that offer the "best value for a quality education," by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.

“While UConn still has a considerable number of applications to review, this class of applicants appears to be very strong academically,” said Fuerst.

“We have good reason to be optimistic about the quality of the class of 2012,” he said.

The university will continue to act on applications for the fall semester through May 1.

QWERTY February 22, 2012 at 04:09 PM
A whole political movement has been formed around doing what you want, when you want. Don't like the laws, disobey them without recourse. Feeling lonely, have a baby, someone else will pay the bills. Jealous because the Johnson's bought a ridiculously expensive home during the high of the real estate bubble, go out and buy one yourself with money you don't have...don't worry, you'll be absolved of your responsibility to pay someday. Didn't get that job you wanted, maybe it's because you didn't study hard or work hard....or perhaps it's just easier to cry racism. Don't feel like paying $10K in medical insurance premiums, don't worry, the hospitals have got your back....insurance companies will just charge idiots like me another $1k in premiums every year.
ctnyfan February 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
is there a study done to account for how much the legal documented immigrants pay to be here LEGALLY? Does anyone know that a "permanent resident of US" card costs in the first place? (Different from a working card) Does anyone know how often it needs to be renewed? Can anyone explain why the legal documented immigrant should continue to renew their card and pay the fee? or should they wait to be under the amnesty umbrella?
Douglas Brennan March 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
It is difficult when a child has a high GPA and they do not do well on the SAT's. This is a reflection of the quality of the school system and how they may have been tracked specifically in certain classes (Honors vs. General vs. AP) and not be really exposed to proper college prep courses. Some schools in CT have actually had their top student not break 1000 (old scale math and english only) on the SAT's. Are these students really ready to compete at a university level and should taxpayers support them in that effort?
Douglas Brennan March 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Thank you Eric. Revenue vs. costs. If we extend the argument we could make a case for not having old people, people with diseases, young people and poor people. But in our system a few must carry the many. I am fully in favor of carrrying the load for the young and the old, the sick and temporarily those that are down on their luck. I am, however, against programs that raise the burden for those pulling the load.
Douglas Brennan March 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
John a person that does not know history will repeat its mistakes. A modern society should work on data and efficiency. Instead we work on centralization, violation and obfuscation.


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