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UCF ranks among nation’s most applied-to universities

University of Central Florida

It’s common knowledge that University of Central Florida is the largest university in Florida. Turns out, the university could bill itself as the state’s most frequently applied-to school, as well.

The site eCollegeFinder recently designed a map that portrays the most applied-to college in each state based on the number of undergraduate applications the institutions received.

UCF, centrally located in Orlando, reported 31,820 applications received for fall 2013.

However, UCF didn’t make the list of the top five universities with the most applications, which includes: UCLA with 72,676; New York University with 57,552; Pennsylvania State University with 47,552; Northeastern University with 47,364; and University of Michigan with 46,813.

The five universities with the fewest number of applications are: University of Alaska with 3,062; University of Wyoming with 4,181; South Dakota State University with 4,851; North Dakota State University with 5,812; and University of Hawaii at Manoa with 6,901.

To create the map, eCollegeFinder used information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ database and only looked at four-year universities that offer housing.

The eCollegeFinder site points out that many of the schools are state universities or prestigious Ivy League schools that have competitive athletic programs and iconic alumni.

The list also includes the acceptance rate and total number of undergraduates for each university. UCF has a 49 percent acceptance rate and 51,010 undergraduates.

The eCollegeFinder site also recently released a map depicting the nation’s universities with the highest graduation rates by state.

UCF did not represent Florida on that map. Instead, the University of Florida did, with an 85 percent graduation rate.

The school with the highest graduation rate in the nation is Harvard University at 97 percent, and the school with the lowest rate is the University of New Mexico at 46 percent. The average graduation rate for the country is 80.5 percent.

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