The number of students applying to the University of Vermont in Burlington is up 2.7 percent.
The growth is part of a plan by UVM President Thomas Sullivan to make the school more selective by accepting a small percentage of the number of students who apply.
UVM officials believe the overall increase is attributable at least in part to a surge in early applications, which resulted in part from a decision to waive the $55 early application fee.
Last year about 14 percent of the students accepted by UVM enrolled.
The Burlington Free Press is reporting that as of Wednesday, about 22,300 students applied for admission to UVM, just below the all-time record.
While the number of applicants is up, the number of Vermonters applying is down 5.5 percent.