For the third straight year, Utica College has received a record number of freshman applications for undergraduate admission.
Jessica Nelson, executive director of admissions, said that 5,643 applications were filed for the Class of 2021. This tops last year’s total of 5,400 undergraduate admission applications, and 5,128 in 2015. In fact, for the first time in the college’s history, UC had to stop accepting applications in 2016.
The increase, Nelson said, is a clear sign that UC’s brand and reputation continue to grow stronger. This was also the second year of the college’s tuition reset, announced in 2015 and taking effect in 2016. “People who may have taken Utica off their list because of the sticker price are now giving us a second look,” Nelson said. “What we have done is to make the whole tuition process much more understandable and transparent.”
In addition, the college offers many very popular programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, cybersecurity, criminal justice, fraud and financial crime investigation, and health studies, Nelson said. Other in-demand majors include nutrition, wellness and adventure education, construction management and education.
Applications come from each of the 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii, Nelson said, although the majority of students hail from the Northeast. More students are taking advantage of early decision and early action, as well.
Transfer applications have also been up, in contrast with the trend across the nation.