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Applications up at Pitt

| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

More high school seniors are warming up to the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt spokesman John Fedele said Thursday that the main campus has received 12,584 applications for fall 2014 in the first five weeks of the admissions cycle, an increase of 78 percent — or 5,530 applications — over the same time last year.

Applications are up 125 percent among out-of-state students and more than 60 percent among in-state students, he said.

The spike doesn't mean the quality of applicants is going down, Fedele said. In fact, the opposite is occurring. Average SAT scores of applicants rose by 11 points over the same period last year.

Pitt received 27,634 applications for its fall 2013 freshman class. That's up from 24,871 for fall 2012 and 7,825 for fall 1995, the school reported.

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