LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Loyola Marymount University saw a record number of applications for its freshman class for the second year in a row.

The nearly 11,200 students who sought admission to the private university in Westchester represents a 12 percent increase from last year. Of those applicants, about 7,900 were from California, a nearly 18 percent increase. University officials attribute that rise to budget slashing and uncertainty at state schools.

“The difference in cost is not as disparate, and I think there is real uncertainty about the immediate future of the educational environment at the UC and Cal State systems,” LMU Admissions Director Matt Fissinger. “Families are figuring out at four years at LMU is not much more expensive than five or six years at a UC.”

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