The University of Connecticut has received a record-breaking number of applications — 30,000 — for undergraduate admission for the fall of 2012.
That's almost 7 percent more than last year's record-setting number of 28,100; over the past two years the volume of applications has gone up by 36 percent.
Nathan Fuerst, UConn's director of admissions, said "There is no single factor" to explain the rising numbers. "There is a lot going on."
He said that UConn's rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings to become a top 20 school among public universities has probably had an impact.