Princeton receives record numbers of early applicants

Four years after abandoning its early college admissions procedure to reduce the pressure on admissions officials, Princeton University in New Jersey recently announced that it would once again allow prospective students to submit their college applications early. However, the move has resulted in record numbers of potential freshmen submitting early admission applications, according to The New York Times.

A spokesman for the prestigious university told the news source that 3,547 students had submitted college applications through its single-choice early action system.

Other universities, including John Hopkins University (JHU) in Maryland and Duke University in North Carolina, have announced increased numbers of early admission applicants. JHU reports that it received 1,440 college applications through its early admissions process, an increase of 8 percent from last fall. Officials from Duke announced that 2,716 applicants applied through its binding early decision program, an increase of 23 percent from last year.

A recent report published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, titled the 2011 State of College Admission, indicates that 38 percent of colleges have reported increased activity in their early decision programs.

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