ORONO –The University of Maine class of 2020 already holds a distinction no prior group of entering students can claim.
University admissions officials have seen a record number of applications cross their desks.
Monday was “accepted students day” at the state university system’s flagship campus. Applications for the fall 2016 freshman class surpassed more than 14,000.
In fact, this was the first time in the school’s 150-year history it has had to wait-list applicants across all departments. The credit for the increased number of applications goes to a more aggressive marketing campaign, according to Christopher Richards, the university’s interim director of recruiting.
Richards also pointed to an increase in admissions officers visits to high schools throughout New England.
Furthermore, if any student who is wait-listed at the Orono campus is unable to be admitted, they are guaranteed admission to any of the university’s other campuses. Richards said, the university capped the incoming freshman class at 2,150 students.
As of March 11, university officials say the number of UMaine first-year student application was up 17% compared with last year. In past years, the university officials confined wait-lists to specific academic programs, but this year’s unprecedented number of applications required a university-wide wait list.