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College applications skyrocket

Applications to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
skyrocketed over a year ago during the first-ever National College Application
Week, an initiative to increase access to college, particularly for students
from groups underrepresented in higher education. Nearly 10,000 high school students submitted 15,600 applications
to the 31 state colleges and universities, compared to 4,900 students who
submitted about 5,500 applications during the same week in 2010.  Central Lakes College received 213 applicants during the period this year, compared with 73 the same week a year ago. “This initiative was tremendously successful,” said Chancellor
Steven Rosenstone. “Collaboration clearly encouraged more high school students
to apply to college, and we look forward to welcoming them to our campuses as
freshmen this fall.” Each college and university waived its $20 application
fee from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, resulting in the colleges and universities
collectively forgoing about $300,000 in revenue. Students could complete one
application and submit it simultaneously to more than one Minnesota state
college or university, a service that had not been available before this
year. Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Minnesota College
Application Week as part of a national initiative by the Council of Chief State
School Officers and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.  The week
provided a framework for high schools and post-secondary institutions to
collaborate in a concentrated push to engage underrepresented students in
applying for college and to highlight college and career readiness programs
throughout the state.

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