University of Richmond has received more than 10,000 applications for 765 seats in its freshman class entering next fall.

The number breaks last year’s record of 9,461 and continues a series of annual increases throughout most of the previous decade.

The 10,000th applicant, Linh Vu of Hagerstown, Md., a high school senior at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, says she applied because of Richmond’s reputation for academic excellence, generous need-based financial aid, and campus beauty.

Vu says that she first heard about Richmond from high school classmates, who told her the university is conveniently located near a city, has a beautiful campus, and “gives students the competitive advantage they need to succeed.”

As of the university’s Jan. 15 application deadline, Richmond had received 10,121 applications.