Undergraduate applications at Penn State University are up 4 percent over this time last year, school officials said, despite a sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the school to its foundation and led to speculation that many students would decide not to apply, the Washington Post reports. At a Town Hall this week that was held to give students a chance to talk about the scandal with school officials, the school’s interim president, Rodney Erickson, gave what the school must consider good news about applications, according to the student newspaper The Daily Collegian. That translates into more than 40,000 applications received this year, with only eight withdrawn as a result of the scandal, he said. The school has received support from alumni and prospective students, who have expressed the opinion that one bad episode does not define the school, he said…

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