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Higher Ed in the News

Applications to most selective universities rise

April 1, 2010

Applications to elite private colleges rose again this academic year, despite the economic constraints on many families.

Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Cornell, Stanford, M.I.T., and Duke each reported sharp increases in applications this year compared with last year.

Undergraduate applications to Stanford, for example, rose 5 percent, and the admission rate fell to 7.2 percent (from 7.6 percent a year earlier).

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