THE UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania received 35,788 applications for fall 2014, a 14 percent jump from the previous year, the university said yesterday.
Much of the spike was due to a rise in applications from California, which jumped 19 percent; New York, which increased 15 percent; and Florida, which rose 13 percent, according to Penn.
The university also received applications from 165 countries, with international students accounting for 17 percent of applicants.
Of the applicants, more than 6,000 - one in six - are the first in their family to apply to college, an 8 percent increase from a year ago, Penn said. The university also reported a significant jump in students who identify as minorities, with more than 15,000 applicants - a 25 percent increase.