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          CWRU receives record number of applications

          Emily Garvey

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: News
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          CWRU has received its largest number of applications ever - over 9200. Robert McCullough, director of undergraduate admissions, says they saw a rise in applications after an increase in admission recruiting tours across the U.S.
          CWRU has received its largest number of applications ever - over 9200. Robert McCullough, director of undergraduate admissions, says they saw a rise in applications after an increase in admission recruiting tours across the U.S.
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          In times of overwhelming stress such as midterms, sometimes it's nice to know that there's someone out there who wishes they were in your position. What about nearly 9500 people? That's the number of applications received by Case Western Reserve University's Office of Undergraduate Admission, a 20 percent increase from last year's figures.

          "We thought we would have more applications this year than we had last year," said Robert R. McCullough, director of undergraduate admission. "But you never really know exactly what's going to happen with high school seniors out there. They can be a fickle bunch."

          Overall, universities across the country have been seeing increases in application numbers this year. The Common Application reported roughly an 11 percent increase on average, partially because high school students have started applying to more schools.

          But undergraduate admission has been making some major changes that have contributed to CWRU's above-average increase, including more domestic and international recruiting travel.

          "We were actually in twice as many high schools as we'd been in the year before," says McCullough. "And we were in about 50 percent more college nights. So we saw a nice bump in applications as a result of pounding the pavement a little bit more and working to find students."

          The increase in applications won't mean an increase in incoming students, however. Undergraduate admission is aiming for a freshman class of 1000 students - only slightly more than the 966 in the 2009-2010 incoming class.

          What this means, however, is a drop in CWRU's percentage of students admitted, but McCullough is hesitant to say by how much so early on. CWRU has always admitted an unusually high percentage of applicants - last year's figure was 70 percent - but this surge in applicants could mean the beginning of a downward trend.
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