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January 23, 2015 at 5:00 AM

UW reviewing record number of freshman applications

The University of Washington's Seattle campus. Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times 2010.

The University of Washington’s Seattle campus. Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times 2010.

The admissions staff at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus has a lot of work cut out for them this winter. The university received a record 36,528 freshman applications for the 2015 academic year, 16 percent more than last year.

Those applications included 11,278 applications from Washington students, compared with 10,541 last year. (These numbers could change — some students may later be classified as in-state residents if their families move here, or they are found to be claiming Washington residency when they don’t qualify.) About two-thirds of available slots in the freshman class are reserved for state residents.

The university continues to receive an ever-increasing number of applications from outside the state; this year, there was a 19 percent increase in applications from out-of-state students overall, and a whopping 31 percent increase in applications from California. Other states with big increases: Massachusetts (29 percent), Illinois (27 percent), Texas (25 percent), Minnesota (24 percent) and New York (23 percent).

Internationally, the largest increases came from India (63 percent), United Arab Emirates (54 percent), Saudi Arabia (48 percent) and Singapore (46 percent).

Though applications from China were only up 16 percent, China remains the foreign country that draws the highest number of applicants overall. With 6,730 Chinese students seeking admission to the UW for fall quarter, those students make up more than 18 percent of the applicant pool.

Husky wanna-bes have a while to wait — no acceptance decisions are made until all the applications have been reviewed. The acceptance letters will be mailed beginning March 15.

Here’s a look at how UW applicants have grown over the years. Last year, nearly 69 percent of Washington students who applied got an acceptance letter.

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