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100 colleges where applications are on the rise

  • 100 colleges where applications are on the rise

    America’s workforce is in a continual state of flux, as previously booming industries lose traction in favor of burgeoning ones. Following suit, prospective college students may seek academic coursework at particular universities that could lead them to a career in one of the more rapidly growing fields.

    While some top schools around the globe boast leading programs in a variety of subject matters to choose from, there are a handful of schools that specialize in certain disciplines, attracting more students each year as the fields to which they correspond continue to grow. With total college enrollment at nearly 20 million and growing annually, it stands to reason the number of applicants are also rising across the country, though certain schools are seeing application numbers multiply much faster than others.

    Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Stacker listed the 100 colleges where applications are rising the fastest. The NCES data covers college applications and admissions between the years 2007 and 2016, and Stacker looked at schools with data present for each of these years; and at least 100 applications in 2016. The colleges are ranked according to the total percent increase in applications over the course of the decade.

    Read on to see which institutions of higher learning are growing popular at the fastest rates.  

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  • #100. Utah State University

    Total applicants in 2007: 5,209
    Total applicants in 2016: 15,401
    Percent change in applications: 195.66%

    Total admissions in 2007: 5,029
    Total admissions in 2016: 13,899
    Percent change in admissions: 176.38%

  • #99. University of Minnesota-Morris

    Total applicants in 2007: 1,143
    Total applicants in 2016: 3,414
    Percent change in applications: 198.69%

    Total admissions in 2007: 868
    Total admissions in 2016: 1,982
    Percent change in admissions: 128.34%

  • #98. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Total applicants in 2007: 1,736
    Total applicants in 2016: 5,244
    Percent change in applications: 202.07%

    Total admissions in 2007: 1,389
    Total admissions in 2016: 3,111
    Percent change in admissions: 123.97%

  • #97. The University of Texas at Dallas

    Total applicants in 2007: 4,198
    Total applicants in 2016: 12,686
    Percent change in applications: 202.19%

    Total admissions in 2007: 2,336
    Total admissions in 2016: 8,625
    Percent change in admissions: 269.22%

  • #96. Woodbury University

    Total applicants in 2007: 486
    Total applicants in 2016: 1,487
    Percent change in applications: 205.97%

    Total admissions in 2007: 393
    Total admissions in 2016: 985
    Percent change in admissions: 150.64%

  • #95. North Central College

    Total applicants in 2007: 2,234
    Total applicants in 2016: 6,860
    Percent change in applications: 207.07%

    Total admissions in 2007: 1,552
    Total admissions in 2016: 4,072
    Percent change in admissions: 162.37%

  • #94. Catawba College

    Total applicants in 2007: 822
    Total applicants in 2016: 2,528
    Percent change in applications: 207.54%

    Total admissions in 2007: 620
    Total admissions in 2016: 1,190
    Percent change in admissions: 91.94%

  • #93. La Sierra University

    Total applicants in 2007: 1,307
    Total applicants in 2016: 4,021
    Percent change in applications: 207.65%

    Total admissions in 2007: 593
    Total admissions in 2016: 1,847
    Percent change in admissions: 211.47%

  • #92. College of St. Joseph

    Total applicants in 2007: 101
    Total applicants in 2016: 313
    Percent change in applications: 209.90%

    Total admissions in 2007: 89
    Total admissions in 2016: 180
    Percent change in admissions: 102.25%

  • #91. Washington College

    Total applicants in 2007: 2,167
    Total applicants in 2016: 6,720
    Percent change in applications: 210.11%

    Total admissions in 2007: 1,377
    Total admissions in 2016: 3,295
    Percent change in admissions: 139.29%

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