WVU Applications Spike

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West Virginia University will have more students to choose from when weeding through applicants for the next school year.

The institution reports a 16 percent increase in applications over last year, mostly from New England. 

Enrollment Director Brenda Thompson credited the increase to a number of factors: media coverage about WVU's conference realignment and the fall broadcast of ESPN's College GameDay from Morgantown.

About 11 percent of the applications are coming from neighboring Pennsylvania, traditionally a big producer of WVU students.

In addition to the out-of-state applications, the number of in-state applicants has increased.

Thompson said the jump could also be credited to a new system that allows in-state residents to file applications faster.