The National Association for College Admission Counseling published its annual report, "State of College Admission" this week. Here are a few highlights:
- 73% of colleges reported an increase in applications this year over 2005.
- 70% of applicants at 4-year colleges are offered acceptance. Obviously, some much more selective, but most are not.
- The number of high school graduates increased again last year and is expected to continue increasing into the next decade.
- Colleges received more than half (53 percent) of all applications online, an increase from 47% in 2004 and 35% in 2003.
Expect continued craziness on the college admissions scene but also realize that the intense competition is limited to the top echelon of schools and that many fine institutions have much higher acceptance rates.
On a different sub-topic, the WSJ reports that the poor prospects for waitlisted applicants at Penn, are not limited to Penn. In fact some schools are not accepting any students from the waitlist. Here are a few stats:
- Harvard: 5-10 students, down from 28 last year.
- Georgetown: "about" 10, down from 70 last year.
- Emory: 0, down from 25 last year.
- Princeton: 0, same as last year.
- Chicago: "about" 7, down from 34 last year.
- Ohio State: 0, same as last year.
If you are on a waitlist, it might just be time to scrutinize Plan B.