Ricks College is filling up fast for fall semester.

Steve Davis, assistant director of admissions at the LDS Church-owned school, said Tuesday that 4,230 new students already had applied for fall classes.The deadline for applications is May 1.

Besides new students, about 3,500 enrolled this semester are expected to return in the fall. But Davis said not all students who apply will show up next fall. Some will be admitted to other colleges or decide not to enroll.

"We do have some openings, but I don't know how long they will remain open - maybe a week or two," he said.

As of Tuesday, Ricks still had 200 openings for day school, 300 openings for evening school and 500 openings for summer school. Students who enroll in summer school are automatically enrolled for the fall semester, Davis said.

The junior college also has reserved 200 positions for students returning from missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Last fall, Ricks faced a housing crunch when 7,795 students were enrolled. The college, which admits students on a first-come, first-served basis, has an enrollment ceiling of 7,500 students.

"We are trying to keep it as close to 7,500 as possible, but we know we are never going to be exact," Davis said.