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Ohio University admission applications top 20,000

ATHENS, Ohio – Applications for admission to Ohio University have topped 20,000 for the first time in the school’s 209-year history.

The Athens Messenger reports that freshman applications for the main campus were running more than 3,000 ahead of last year’s pace, and some 7,000 ahead of 2011. Craig Cornell is vice provost for enrollment management. He says 20,512 applications had been received as of last Thursday.

He says the growth is widespread, with increases from both in-state and out-of-state students, and also among international students.

He credits extensive marketing by the school, but adds that Ohio University doesn’t want to grow too rapidly.

Only about 4,025 students will be accepted for the next freshman class. The current class is 3,900, with some 17,000 undergraduate students campuswide in Athens.