Colleges see record applicants
Private and public schools have influx
Dozens of local colleges and universities are seeing record numbers of freshman applicants, including Northeastern University, Boston University, Boston College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and three campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Admissions officers say they feel overwhelmed, especially since many of their offices are already stretched. Of the area’s major schools, only Harvard and Tufts universities saw slight dips in applications - and they broke their records last year.