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More and more students are knocking on the doors of San Diego State University, according to the school, which reported a record 61,492 undergraduate applications for next fall.

SDSU’s total number of undergraduate applications has increased 141 percent since 1998, according to a university press release. The school’s numbers were already high: This week, the Union-Tribune reported that the school’s 58,055 undergraduate applications for fall 2007 was the third highest total in the U.S.

Applicants’ grades have grown, too, the university reported. A decade ago, SDSU freshmen earned an average 3.16 GPA in high school. Last fall, the average freshman GPA clocked in at 3.44.

School staff chalked up the increase to the school’s growing reputation, according to the press release:

“We have to credit our strong academic programs and diverse student life opportunities for such extraordinary student interest in SDSU,” said Ethan Singer, associate vice president for academic affairs. “More and more prospective students know that SDSU can provide them with an outstanding university education.”

EMILY ALPERT

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