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100 colleges where applications are on the rise

Graphiq Logo By Alex Greer of Graphiq | Slide 1 of 101: <p>Throughout the fall and winter, high school seniors will compete for spots at the top <a href="http://colleges.startclass.com">colleges</a> across the country. While students fret over their test scores and GPAs, each college will compete in its own race for applicants. </p><p>In an effort to boost their admissions statistics and deepen their applicant pool, many colleges have eased their application requirements, resulting in <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/2015/09/09/what-rising-college-application-volume-means-for-the-class-of-2020">greater application volume</a>. <a href="http://colleges.startclass.com/l/3586/Bucknell-University">Bucknell</a>, for example, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-12/colleges-use-bag-of-tricks-to-juice-application-numbers">increased</a> its number of applicants by 40 percent after reducing its application fee and the number of mandatory essays. </p><p>While overall application numbers are up, some schools have performed better than others. As the 2016 admissions season ramps up, the team at <a href="http://www.startclass.com">StartClass</a>, an education research site from <a href="https://www.graphiq.com/">Graphiq</a>, decided to take a deeper look at the schools winning the applications race.</p><p>Using data from the <a href="https://nces.ed.gov/">National Center for Education Statistics</a>, we found the 100 colleges with the largest ten-year percentage increase in applicants from the 2004-2005 to the 2014-2015 school year. Only schools with at least three thousand undergraduates in 2004 were included.</p><p>Some of the top schools on this list, such as <a href="http://colleges.startclass.com/l/4385/Liberty-University">Liberty University</a> and <a href="http://colleges.startclass.com/l/416/University-of-La-Verne">University of La Verne</a>, are notable for their extensive online education programs. This could reflect the <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2013/01/08/online-course-enrollment-climbs-for-10th-straight-year">rising popularity</a> of online education in the last decade.<br></p>

100 colleges where applications are on the rise

Throughout the fall and winter, high school seniors will compete for spots at the top colleges across the country. While students fret over their test scores and GPAs, each college will compete in its own race for applicants.

In an effort to boost their admissions statistics and deepen their applicant pool, many colleges have eased their application requirements, resulting in greater application volume. Bucknell, for example, increased its number of applicants by 40 percent after reducing its application fee and the number of mandatory essays.

While overall application numbers are up, some schools have performed better than others. As the 2016 admissions season ramps up, the team at StartClass, an education research site from Graphiq, decided to take a deeper look at the schools winning the applications race.

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, we found the 100 colleges with the largest ten-year percentage increase in applicants from the 2004-2005 to the 2014-2015 school year. Only schools with at least three thousand undergraduates in 2004 were included.

Some of the top schools on this list, such as Liberty University and University of La Verne, are notable for their extensive online education programs. This could reflect the rising popularity of online education in the last decade.

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