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Record number of applicants for University of Maine class of 2020

ORONO -The University of Maine class of 2020 already holds a distinction no prior group of entering students can claim.

 

University admissions officials have seen a record number of applications cross their desks.

 

 

Monday was "accepted students day" at the state university system's flagship campus. Applications for the fall 2016 freshman class surpassed more than 14,000.

 

 

In fact, this was the first time in the school's 150-year history it has had to wait-list applicants across all departments. The credit for the increased number of applications goes to a more aggressive marketing campaign, according to Christopher Richards, the university's interim director of recruiting.

 

 

Richards also pointed to an increase in admissions officers visits to high schools throughout New England.

 

 

Furthermore, if any student who is wait-listed at the Orono campus is unable to be admitted, they are guaranteed admission to any of the university's other campuses. Richards said, the university capped the incoming freshman class at 2,150 students.

 

 

As of March 11, university officials say the number of UMaine first-year student application was up 17% compared with last year. In past years, the university officials confined wait-lists to specific academic programs, but this year's unprecedented number of applications required a university-wide wait list.

 

 

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and two grandchildren.