College Admissions

Archive Report

Current Enrollment Trends

Hard-Pressed Colleges Grow Less Selective

Every year about this time, millions of high school seniors exhibit similar symptoms — bouts of anxiety, irritability and a tendency to wait by the mail box. The object of all these concerns is the letter telling them whether they will be admitted or rejected by the college of their choice. For the most part, the letters arrive by mid-April. The vast majority of college candidates probably have less to worry about than they realize. The number of students in the traditional undergraduate age bracket has declined in recent years and some schools already have fewer applicants than they need to fill their classrooms. As a result, many colleges are aggressively recruiting new students.1

Nearly four out of five ...

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