Freshman applications to The City University of New York for Fall 2017 rose 9 percent to a record 76,345, the University announced today.

“This is a testament to the outstanding work being done at our campuses, the excellent outcomes our graduates can expect, and the commitment of the state and city to increasing educational opportunity,” Chancellor James B. Milliken said. “We are gratified that CUNY’s academic quality and our commitment to accessibility are being recognized by families throughout New York City and State.”

Several big initiatives contributed significantly to the upsurge, beginning with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship program – there were 30,845 Excelsior applications to CUNY colleges – which will supplement state and federal aid and make college tuition free for more students.  Also adding to the record numbers are Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to waive CUNY’s application fees for low-income students, as well as increased participation of New York City schools in New York State College Application Week.

The most dramatic increase in CUNY admissions applications was in the Bronx, where applications rose 13 percent.

The Chancellor noted that due to a record graduating class last spring, overall enrollment projection for the fall is expected to be stable.

With regard to Fall 2017 transfer-student admissions, CUNY has admitted 1.3 percent more transfers from external institutions than in Fall 2016.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 400 high schools throughout the five boroughs. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.