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Freshman class maxes out, applications closed

by Mark Hebert, communications and marketing last modified Jun 07, 2013 03:11 PM

An 11.5 percent increase this year in applications for first-year students has prompted UofL to stop accepting first-year applications for fall 2013.

The cutoff applies only to first-year students. Applications still are open for transfer students, returning students who are trying to complete their degrees and graduate students.

This is the earliest date that UofL has cut off first-year applications, according to admissions Director Jenny Sawyer, and the move is necessary to keep the incoming class from growing too big.

UofL also has notified accepted first-year students who did not sign up for an orientation session by June 1 that they are too late to enroll in classes for fall 2013. Orientation started May 23 and closes June 27. All sessions are full.

The university expects this year’s incoming class to be its largest and most academically prepared with an average ACT score above 25.

“We’re delighted UofL continues to be a school of choice for the best students from Kentucky and, increasingly, across the country,” said James Ramsey, university president.

Sawyer cited several factors that played a role in the increase in applications and student quality, including:

  • Awareness of UofL’s improving academic profile
  • Better campus facilities
  • Improvements in campus life due, in part, to a doubling of students living on campus or in nearby affiliated housing
  • Growing reputation of Louisville as a vibrant city
  • “Spillover” interest related to the successes and national exposure of Cardinal athletic teams

There is an appeal process for first-year students who missed the deadline due to special circumstances, Sawyer said.

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