Butler University will welcome 1,111 new Bulldogs next week. School officials say it's the largest incoming freshman class in the university's 157-year history.
Among this year's newcomers are 134 multicultural students, 16 Lilly scholars, 683 students who played high school sports and 328 who participated in bands, orchestras or choirs, according to the university.
Tom Weede, vice president for enrollment management, said applications have increased by 43 percent over the past two years. He said the success of the men's basketball team and the Northside Indianapolis university's reputation for academics are why Butler is a first-choice school for a lot of students.
The class of 2016 consists of students coming from 32 states and 20 countries. Majority of them -- about 56 percent -- are from out of state. Forty-four percent are from Indiana.