Despite predictions that Sept. 11 might discourage students from applying to colleges in big cities, Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have received almost 16,100 applications so far, just 2.8 percent fewer than last year's total.
Columbia College has slightly surpassed last year's total of 14,094 applications, with a few more applications still expected.
Engineering, with 2,019 applications in thus far, will finish behind last year's 2,466.
Eric Furda, executive director of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, says the weak economy has affected applications trends throughout the country, especially for majors like computer science and engineering.
Furda added that the caliber of students seeking admission to both schools was "as competitive as it's ever been," noting that SAT's for both programs are higher than last year.
Early applications to both schools were impressive, rising a combined 5.8 percent over last year. The College filled 49 percent of its new class with early applicants, while Engineering filled 40 percent.