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Lehigh applications up following March Madness run

Lehigh applications up following March Madness run

It sure was a shock when Lehigh University beat number two-seeded Duke in last year's NCAA basketball tournament.

Now, the admissions office is dealing with a full court press: A lot more students want to wear the brown and white.

The dean of admission said since the win over Duke a lot more students have been mentioning the game in their application essays.

On March 16, 2012, Lehigh University students in south Bethlehem showed their Mountain Hawk pride after their team beat Duke during March Madness.

Leon Washington, dean of admission for Lehigh, said the big win also scored more points in the eyes of prospective students.

"For those who didn't know us we became a household name," Washington said.

The university receives 13,000 applications from prospective students each year, but there is only space for 1200.

"We did get a number of students who expressed in their application essay that they witnessed us beating Duke," said Washington.

Washington said he spoke with colleagues across the nation last year, who told him to expect the increase in applications.

It's been an exciting year and I think we'll probably still see students come through who will remember that historic game," Washington added.

The admissions department admits that scoring a spot in the new Lehigh class is hard even if you do score a couple of points mentioning the big game.

"We continue to look and build the class that is best for Lehigh. And while we're excited that we did have that historic win over Duke, we don't let that influence our overall goal and objective," Washington said.

Because so many people apply to the school so early, the admissions department expects the first eligilbe students that witnessed the win to start at Lehigh in September.

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