CHICAGO (CBS) — The University of Chicago and Northwestern University are both seeing a record number of applications from incoming freshmen.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports 21,669 students applied for the undergraduate college at the U of C, the most the university has ever received from an enrolling class, and a 12 percent increase compared with last year. The school also saw more applications from minority students, international students, and students interested in the arts.

Last year, the U of C accepted 18 percent of its applicants, but that proportion will drop based on the higher number of applications, the university told Crain’s. The target size for a freshman class is 1,350, the newspaper reported.

Northwestern received 30,529 applications, up 10.5 percent from last year, Crain’s reported. The university tells Crain’s it has seen a record number of applications every year for the past six years.

For the 2010-2011 school year, tuition at the U of C is $40,188, and at Northwestern it’s $39,840, Crain’s reported.

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