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Oxford, Emory colleges receive record applications for fall

OXFORD -- Oxford College of Emory University keeps setting records.

The two-year school again received a record number of student applicants for fall entrance.

Oxford received 6,586 applications overall, slightly more than last year, and significant growth in early decision applications, according to Jennifer Taylor, associate dean for enrollment services at Oxford.

Applications for the second round of early decision were up 91 percent compared to last year, the first time Oxford offered early decision as an application option.

Oxford anticipates a 2013 entering class of about 480 students.

The quality of SAT scores and other academic credentials is also stronger compared to last year, a continuing trend for the college, Taylor said. About one fifth of the students in each Emory freshman class choose to begin their baccalaureate studies with Oxford's liberal-arts-intensive program. As juniors, they continue their studies on Emory's Atlanta campus.

Emory College of Arts & Sciences, Emory's main undergraduate division, also received an all-time record number of 17,652 applications for fall 2013 admittance, edging out the previous high from last year's 17,493 applications.

The admissions staff is now in the next phase of shaping the class of 2016; students will be notified of their acceptance status by Monday.

Last year, Oxford College accepted 2,547 students to its 2012 entering class, after 6,478 students applied, which was a record number at the time. In 2006, more than 1,000 students applied to the college, and nearly 4,000 applied in 2009, according to previous reports.

Oxford's total enrollment usually hovers about 900 students for freshmen and sophomores.