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Saint Xavier University freshman applications at all-time high

Record set for seventh straight year

Chicago (May 2, 2005) – Saint Xavier University has set a record for freshman applications received for the seventh consecutive year. Applications have nearly tripled since 1998.

As of April 15, Saint Xavier has received 1,806 applications for the freshman class, surpassing last year’s record for total applications by 7 percent. The Office of Admission is projecting it will receive approximately 1,930 applications for the fall 2005 semester.

At this point last year, the university received 1,685 applications. A total of 1,802 students applied for the fall 2004 semester. Last fall, Saint Xavier enrolled its largest freshman class in history (421 students).

“Quality programs, excellent services, new technologies and publications and an attractive campus are just some of the reasons for this continuing surge in interest in what Saint Xavier University has to offer prospective students,” said Steven Murphy, vice president for enrollment and student services.

Beth Gierach, managing director of admission, added that the addition of a call center to contact prospective students and share with them the opportunities at the university and the determined effort to maintain monthly contact with applicants by e-mail and phone have contributed to the record-setting increases.

Gierach also said that a greatly improved viewbook and the university’s new Web site have surely helped to increase the application rate. “The Web site is attractive, interesting and facilitates inquiry and application for admission in a user-friendly, high-tech manner,” she said.

Saint Xavier University, which has a rolling-admission policy, is still accepting applications for its freshman class. For more information on Saint Xavier University or its programs, please call (773) 298-3000 or visit www.sxu.edu.

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