The University of Illinois says a record number of prospective freshmen applied this year for admission to its three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.
The university says it received 48,000 applications for about 10,200 openings in the freshman class. It says that's nearly 2,800 more applications than it received last year, for an increase of 6 percent.
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The Urbana-Champaign campus received the most applications, a record 31,454 for about 6,900 seats in the freshman class.
A record 1,553 students applied for about 300 seats on the Springfield campus, and the Chicago campus reported a near-record 14,976 applications for about 2,900 seats.
Classes begin Monday on all three University of Illinois campuses.
Official enrollment figures will be reported next month.