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NCAA Basketball and Sugar Bowl wins help U of L recruit students

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Prospective students signing up for orientation at the University of Louisville. Prospective students signing up for orientation at the University of Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U of L is well known for its sports, after an NCAA Basketball Championship win and a Sugar Bowl title. Those titles are playing a role in the number of students who are applying at the school.

Friday afternoon, 150 students attended a "Seal the Deal" event. They've all been accepted to U of L, but have not signed up for summer orientation. They're learning more about what U of L has to offer.

Of course, they know about the recent NCAA basketball championship win and Sugar Bowl win. Dr. James Ramsey, the U of L President says, "Our applications are up 13 percent and again rather than throw it open to anybody, we do expect very good students to apply. So that's a 13 percent increase in outstanding students."

Ramsey says now it's harder than ever to get accepted to the university. U of L is expecting next year's freshman class to be 2750, which is 50 students more than the current class.

Ramsey says, "And again the quality of the applicants is up. How much of that is the Sugar Bowl, how much is the Final Four, I don't know. But, certainly it hadn't hurt and it's a real positive for the campus."

Caroline Hollatz, a student from Cincinnati says, "It's huge, I'm so happy for this school. They deserve it. They played well. I saw it on TV, kind of it's another pro for this school too in my decision making process."

Kendra Wilson, a student from Silver Spring, MD says, "I know that Louisville has a lot of support behind their athletic team and I love sports. So, this is a sports school, so it kind of made me even more interested."

Ramsey tells students that campus visits are important, as they talk to other students and faculty.

Hollatz says, "I'm coming to see the design program and learn about the school. I've never seen it before, but heard it's a great school."

U of L is hoping students will make a decision at the event, but many says it'll take a few more days before they decide on which college they want to go to.

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