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Applications for Undergraduate Spots Rise at Columbia, Stanford

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Undergraduate applications rose at Columbia University and Stanford University, while they declined at Dartmouth College, as elite schools begin to tally admissions data for the class that begins in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Applications to Columbia’s undergraduate schools increased 5 percent from a year earlier to 33,460, according to Jessica Marinaccio, dean of undergraduate admissions. The number received by Stanford was 5 percent to 6 percent more than last year’s pool of 36,632, according to estimates from Colleen Lim, director of admission at the school near Palo Alto, California.

Dartmouth, in Hanover, New Hampshire, reported a decline of about 3 percent to 22,400 applications, said Justin Anderson, a spokesman for the school.

Peers of Dartmouth and New York-based Columbia in the eight-member Ivy League, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities, plan to release application totals later this month, officials said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Janet Lorin in New York jlorin@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lisa Wolfson at lwolfson@bloomberg.net

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