MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota plans to accept more science and engineering students and also scrutinize its graduate programs.

The school’s Board of Regents said Friday the science focus will help address the demand in Minnesota’s growing high-tech job market.

The university has seen an increase in applications to its three science colleges: science and engineering, biological sciences and nursing. The school plans to accept an extra 100 students per year into each of those colleges.

There are about 30,600 total undergraduates enrolled this year. School officials say that number could increase to about 32,000 next year.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says the school plans to accept fewer transfer students. University officials also plan to scrutinize the graduate programs, reallocating resources from weaker to stronger doctoral programs.

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