Monday, September 03, 2007
What are the Latest College Trends?
By Marian Wilde, GreatSchools Senior Writer
"Let's start with the good news: the odds for admission into a four-year college or university are good--seven out of every 10 seniors who apply get in, according to a recent report.
And the bad news? The competition to get into selective colleges is more intense than ever before.
"In its annual report on the state of college admissions, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has identified several reasons for the recent increase in college applications, and consequently tougher competition to get into "brand name" colleges. Two of the biggest reasons are:
- More students are graduating from high school. More high school students are graduating, mainly due to the "baby boom echo" - a term that describes all those children of all those baby boomers.
- Students are applying to more schools. The ease of researching colleges and submitting applications online, and applying to multiple schools using the Common Application, has contributed to this phenomenon."