Paid acceptances for incoming class up at PSU

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The number of paid acceptances to Penn State from incoming freshmen is up 4 percent this year despite a decline in applications overall to the school.

School president Rodney Erickson told university trustees on Friday that the incoming freshman class will be as robust as previous years. Erickson added that the applicants’ collective SAT scores and high grade-point averages showed the high quality of the incoming freshmen class.

Penn State said last week that the number of undergraduate applications to the school declined by 8 percent from 2012, reflecting an anticipated decline in the population of college-bound high school students in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

But paid acceptances were still up 6 percent at the main University Park campus in State College. It was up 2 percent at branch campuses.

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