State College Applications Increase 

School officials say applications to Maine’s universities and community colleges have increased this year due to greater marketing efforts and a flagging economy.

In the University of Maine System, spokesman John Diamond said its seven universities and 10 regional outreach centers have received 4.5 percent more applications for 2008-09 than last year.

And Maine Community College System spokeswoman Helen Pelletier said the community college system’s seven colleges and nine off-campus centers have received 8 percent more applications than last year.

The university system is promoting itself among community college students in particular, encouraging them to go for a bachelor’s degree after receiving an associate’s degree.