For the seventh year in a row, a record number of students have applied for admission to Loyola Marymount University’s upcoming freshman class.

Applications are up 6 percent from last year, to 11,824 students, according to a university spokesman.

LMU Director of Admission Matthew X. Fissinger cited numerous factors for the increase, including changing demographics to crowding and tuition increases at University of California and California State University campuses.

“Of course, LMU’s growing reputation for excellence is the one factor that looms over all the rest,” Fissinger added.

Applications to LMU from out-of-state students increased 13.8 percent over last year’s total, while applications from California students were mostly steady, growing just 2.5 percent. Californians still make up about two-thirds of the applicant pool.

The university has inched upward through Forbes magazine’s rankings, where it is now placed among the top five percent of four-year colleges nationwide. In U.S. News and World Report, LMU is ranked fourth in its “Best Regional Universities (West)” category.

One statistic that was largely unchanged is the ratio of female applicants to males: 60 percent women, 40 percent men. The university plans to enroll a class of 1,250 freshmen in the fall, LMU officials said.

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