May 22, 2014 at 9:10 am

Record 50,000 student applications submitted to the University of Michigan

Nearly 50,000 prospective students submitted an application to attend the University of Michigan, setting the school’s highest record, officials announced Thursday.

Potential freshmen submitted 49,731 applications to attend the school’s Ann Arbor campus during 2014-15 — an increase of 6.3 percent over last year’s previous record of 46,755 applications.

It is the eighth consecutive year that applications rose.

The university has accepted only 15,985 of the applicants as of the first week of May. Of those who were accepted, 6,795 paid an enrollment deposit.

Fall enrollment is projected to be similar to 2013, which was approximately 6,200 students.

“It is an exciting responsibility to select each year’s incoming class from among the amazing field of applicants,” said Ted Spencer, associate vice provost and executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. “It’s our job to choose those who will best complement U-M’s vibrant community of scholars.”

kkozlowski@detroitnews.com