Early applications are up at the University of Vermont.
This year, UVM is using a new strategy to expand its applicant pool and it appears to be working. UVM President Thomas Sullivan wants a more geographically diverse student body and he's waiving fees to get there. This year, Sullivan did away with the school's application fee for students applying early to UVM. For families choosing that option, it meant saving $55. In turn, UVM saw a rise in the number of students applying early. In 2012, UVM had 13,500 early applicants. That number is up by 1,200 from the year before.
"I think it was effective because it also tells students that we are really interested in seeing a breadth of students from all over the United States, from a breadth of socio-economic backgrounds, from a breadth of experiential backgrounds," said Christopher Lucier, UVM's vice president for enrollment.
Lucier says the school is seeing growth in the number of applicants from places like Florida and Southern California.
The university if also using the effort to attract more international students. Right now, about 2 percent of UVM's students are from outside the U.S. The school wants to boost that percentage about 5 percent in the next few years.