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Applications top record

Applications to Miami are at an all time high with more than 15,560 students vying for 3,450 spots in the fall 2005 freshman class.

That's almost 5 percent more than the previous record set last year.

Even larger increases have occurred in subcategories.

o Applications from African Americans are up more than 11 percent. Overall, multicultural applications are up almost 8 percent. In the last four years, Miami has experienced application increases of 65 percent for African-American students, 55 percent for Asian and Indian students and 83 percent for Latino students, rates of increase that are among the highest for public universities nationwide.

o Applications from first-generation college students are up almost 10 percent.

o Applications from areas outside Miami's traditional geographic base - Ohio, Indiana, Illinois - are up. For example, applications from New York and Massachusetts are up 33 percent and there's an 18 percent increase in applications from Colorado residents.

Mike Mills, admission director, says Miami is enjoying the best of all worlds. Not only are there more applicants than ever before, but the prospective students are a diverse group, whether one is looking at race, family background or geography.

“Most importantly, they're excellent students,” Mills said. “This year's applicant pool is the strongest in the university's history with average SAT scores of 1201 and a high-school class rank of top 20 percent. Nearly 25 percent of this year's applicants have SATs of 1280 or higher and a top 10 percent class ranking.”

University officials attribute the increases to a universitywide recruiting plan put into place three years ago and the university's new tuition plan.

Miami notified students of admittance March 15. Applicants have until May 1 to accept the university's offers.

Date Published: 03/31/2005
Volume: 24   Number: 30

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