MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s flagship university has accepted about half of the students who want to attend the school this fall.

It’s the lowest admission rate for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in about 20 years. Admissions officials have accepted 50 percent of the nearly 29,000 students who applied.

Undergraduate admissions director Adele Brumfield says there are so many more young people interested in Madison, so they had to make some tough decisions. UW-Madison’s applications increased 13 percent from last year, reflecting a trend at colleges and universities across the country.

The average ACT score at UW-Madison has increased over the past decade, from 26.9 in 2001 to 28.3 in 2010. The State Journal says average high school rank has stayed about the same, at around the 88th percentile.

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