Boulder, Colo. (AP) Freshman applications to the University of Colorado through mid-February are down almost 15 percent from the same point last year, which represented a record-high admissions cycle.
The number of Colorado students applying to CU's flagship Boulder campus through mid-February was down about 6 percent from the same time last year to 7,709. Out-of-state applications were down 19 percent, to 11,456 applications.
Admissions Director Kevin MacLennan says the decline is to be expected amid an economic downturn and the addition of two mandatory essays to the application, which might be weeding out some less-serious applicants.
A record 5,833 freshmen enrolled on the Boulder campus last fall.