Northwestern University has received 33,200 applications for the Class of 2018 — setting a new record and illustrating the University’s growing appeal.


With this year’s 1.3 percent increase over last year, freshman applications have been on the rise at Northwestern for 11 years in a row.


Applications have risen by more than 10,000 since 2007, when the University admitted 27 percent of all applicants. The growth in applications typically results in lower acceptance rates. Northwestern received 32,772 applications for the Class of 2017, with an acceptance rate of only 13.9 percent — down by almost half since 2007.


The University increasingly is being recognized nationally and internationally for the excellence of its students, the highly diverse education offered inside and outside the classroom, leading faculty research regularly covered in the news and a popular president, Morton Schapiro, who is well known for his expertise in the economics of higher education.


"We’re doing an excellent job of raising our visibility across the nation and the world," said Michael Mills, associate provost for University enrollment, "through outreach by staff, student volunteers and faculty, and the president through his international travel."


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