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Record 32,655 students seek undergraduate admission to Cornell for Class of 2012

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More and more high school and college transfer students -- 32,655 as of Jan. 14 -- want to come to Cornell. That is 7.5 percent more than last year, and a whopping 57 percent increase since 2004, reports Doris Davis, associate provost for admissions and enrollment. Final numbers will be available in February.

"Applications are up for all undergraduate colleges this year," says Davis.

Of those applications, 3,095 students, or 9 percent, requested early decision admission -- 3 percent more than last year. Cornell has accepted 1,142 of them, representing 37 percent of the Class of 2012, compared with 36 percent last year, says Davis. Students accepted early are required to withdraw their applications from other schools.

Of the early decision acceptances this year, 32.3 percent are from New York state; 25 percent are from the five Mid-Atlantic states; almost 13 percent are from the Northeast (excluding New York state); and 7.7 percent are international students. Fifty-three percent of the admitted students are male; 47 percent are female.

Cornell, like the other Ivy League schools, will notify students regarding regular decision Monday, March 31.