NEW YORK - (AP) - The City University of New York is placingprospective freshman students on waiting lists after beinginundated with applications.

Spokesman Michael Arena says CUNY needs to manage resources sothat the system of colleges can continue to "provide the qualitystudents have come to expect." Officials say the boom inapplications is due to the weak economy.

Anyone who applies to any of the system's 11 senior colleges orsix community colleges after Friday will be put on a waiting list.They'll receive priority January enrollment.

CUNY has received more than 69,000 freshman applications forfall admission.

Enrollment at the senior colleges is up nearly 30 percent since1999.

The public university serves more than 480,000 students.