10/23/2011 11:56 pm ET Updated Dec 23, 2011

Top 10 Colleges That Receive the Most Applications

As the college-bound population grows and technology affords the convenience of applying to schools online -- such as through the Common Application, which allows students to apply to more than 400 schools at once -- the number of applications colleges and universities receive each year from prospective students continues to increase. While college counselors suggest students apply to five to eight schools, some students ultimately apply to more than 10 colleges.

Of the 1,311 schools that reported application data in an annual survey conducted by U.S. News, the average college received 5,948 applications for fall 2010 admissions -- an increase of more than 400 applications from the year before.

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Below are the 10 universities that received the most student applications for admissions for fall 2010, among all colleges and universities that reported application data to U.S. News.