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For the first time, the University of Mary, a private Catholic college in Bismarck, may start a wait list for incoming students this fall.

The school indicated in a news release Monday that it is anticipating record enrollment for the fall, including a 33 percent increase in commitments from incoming freshmen and a 27 percent increase in applications. School officials are anticipating about 500 freshmen in the fall.

Richard Hinton, director of undergraduate admissions, said in the release that though the school should be able to accommodate all of the students who want to attend U-Mary in the fall, if enrollment continues to rise, there is a possibility the school will have to begin a wait list.

"Given this possibility, we felt it wise to inform all potential students and encourage them to apply and get accepted sooner rather than later," Hinton said.

Last year, about 3,220 students were enrolled at the university, which has campuses in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona, Rome and Milan, Italy, and Arequipa, Peru.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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