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William and Mary feels enrollment shift

William and Mary feels enrollment shift

The College of William and Mary received a record number of applications from in-state students heading into this fall. But for the first time in more than a decade, the college saw its number of applications drop among out-of-state students by 4 percent.

Previously, the number of out-of-state applications to the school increased in each of the past 11 years, W&M Provost Michael Halleran said.

William and Mary routinely keeps its freshman classes split at around 65 percent from Virginia, and 35 percent from outside the state.

Several forces could have contributed to the drop in out-of-state students, all of which could affect the college in years to...