BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont says it received a record number of undergraduate applications — 22,378 — for fall enrollment this year.
That beat the record 22,365 for the fall of 2009.
Of this year’s applicants, 17,304 were accepted. That’s about 77 percent, which is roughly the same percentage as last year. UVM administrators have said they want the percentage to drop to about 60 percent over the next few years, increasing the school’s selectivity, the Burlington Free Press reported (http://bfpne.ws/147KT8k).
‘‘We have just embarked on our strategy to increase selectivity so we didn’t expect any real difference this year,’’ Chris Lucier, vice president for enrollment management, wrote in an email. ‘‘We are confident that the pieces we are putting into place to expand recruiting and marketing will achieve our strategic goals over the next 4-5 fiscal years.’’
The state’s most selective school, Middlebury College, has accepted 19.5 percent of its record 8,913 applicants.
A total of 2,144 Vermonters applied to UVM and 1,562, or 73 percent, were accepted.
May 1 is the deadline for students who have gotten in to commit the school they plan to attend. The target for UVM’s entering class is 2,425. Middlebury’s is 700.
By May 1, UVM had received 2,657 deposits from incoming students, including 627 Vermonters. Middlebury had received 715, including 41 Vermonters.