WACO, Texas (AP) – Baylor University has drawn a record number of freshmen applications despite a lingering sexual assault scandal that’s led to lawsuits and the departure of top administrators.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the Baptist university has received about 36,000 applications. Students have until May 1 to make a final admission decision.
University officials attribute the increase in applications to a strong and loyal brand in the state and outreach efforts to high school students.
The Dallas Morning News previously reported that Baylor saw its second-highest number of early-admission applications in school history.
Baylor is contending with lawsuits stemming from its handling of assault claims made against a number of former football players.
Students and alumni, meanwhile, have questioned its response to rape allegations on campus in recent years.