U of I reports record number of freshman applications

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say a record number of prospective freshmen have applied for enrollment next fall across the school’s three campuses. The university has received just over 56,000 applications system-wide for fall 2016 freshman seats. That record number is up 13 percent from the more than 49,500 applications received a year ago. Freshman applications increased on the school’s flagship Urbana-Champaign campus and on its Chicago campus. Application deadlines have closed on those two campuses. Although applications are down slightly on the Springfield campus, that campus’ application deadline is Aug. 22. School President Tim Killeen says the university’s academic excellence and efforts to hold down tuition were factors in the increase in freshman applications. School trustees approved a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen last month for the second straight year.