Flood of applicants jams admissions at colleges

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Admissions offices at many Minnesota colleges are awash in applications these days, and for some students it’s creating tougher competition for a spot at their first-choice school.

Most campuses are seeing two or three times the number of applications they saw 30 years ago — a few see four or five times more — as technology’s made it easier than ever for students to apply to many schools.

Most students will get an offer from their first-choice school, national surveys show. Still, the application flood has pushed down acceptance rates at some of the most competitive institutions here and across the country, making it harder to snag a seat among some of the most sought-after schools.

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