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Despite Fewer Applications, Penn State's Freshman Class Larger Than Expected

by on May 05, 2013 8:15 AM

Despite an 8 percent drop in applications this year — from 77,596 to 71,410 — the number of paid acceptances for Penn State's freshman class is up 6 percent. That comes out to 523 more students acceptances than there were at this time last year.

Penn State says that the drop is due to a nationwide decline in overall college applications, especially among Pennsylvania demographics.

“These numbers continue to reflect Penn State’s strength in attracting the best students from Pennsylvania and around the world,” former interim provost Rob Pangborn said.

The university says 8,930 students are slated to begin their studies at University Park this year. President Erickson unveiled the new application numbers during his remarks to the Board of Trustees Friday.

“I want to emphasize that the quality of the entering class — as measured by high school GPA and SAT scores — is comparable to the entering cohort in previous years,” Erickson said.

Additionally, a record-high 2,000 paid accepts for summer session at University Park have been received.

“Penn State’s successful effort to attract a strong entering cohort this year reflects the special efforts in recruiting, including increased institutional scholarship support, marketing campaigns in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions, and additional student receptions, open-houses, and high school visits,” Erickson said.

Kevin Horne is the Managing Editor of Onward State and frequent contributor to He is also a Penn State senior, majoring in journalism and political science.
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