Lawrence sees record applications

Main Hall on the Lawrence University campus (file photo).
Main Hall on the Lawrence University campus (file photo).
APPLETON - With a week to go before the deadline, Lawrence University has already set a record for number of applications received.

As of Thursday, 2,734 students had applied for the 2014-15 school year, the college announced. That tops the previous record of 2,711, set last year. Applications have increased nine percent in the past five years.

"We seemed to buck a trend this year in the upper Midwest," said Ken Anselment, dean of admissions and financial aid. "In our primary areas of Wisconsin and Illinois, which has been and will continue to see shrinking numbers of 17- and 18-year-olds, we have seen an increase of about two percent in our applications."

The East and West coasts have also contributed to the rise in applications. The university received 20 percent more applications from California than last year and seven percent more from New York.

The number of international applications has also set a record, with 415. More than 130 of those came from China, with Vietnam, Ghana, Jamaica, Pakistan and Canada also providing large numbers of applications.

The deadline for applying to Lawrence is May 1.