Here is my video response to the question.
The higher your SAT/GPA is the better odds your going to get into the college you want to.
when you heard the president of the university saying that having more than 500 students from China is part of the university diversification not financial gain at one year as freshman class, you will know exactly what I am talking about. if you would like to enjoy such diversification at US campuese, you will not be one of the many US students dropping out classes from your Chinese classmates.
The new report from the National Association of College Admissions Counseling on 2011 State of College Admissions reports 15 things to know about what’s happening now in college admissions:
1. The number of high school graduates peaked in 2008 at 3.3 million and will continue to decline through 2014-15, but the number of students enrolled in college is expected to continue to increase until at least 2020.
2. Approximately 20.4 million students are enrolled in college and that number is expected to swell to 23 million by 2020.
3. In every year since 1976, women have completed high school at a greater rate than men. Currently the gap is 1.2 percentage points.
4. Fifty-six percent of enrolled college freshmen are female.
5. During the last admission season, colleges and universities were accepting slightly fewer applicants. The typical school accepted 65.5% of its applicants. Back in 2001, the average acceptance rate was 71%.
6. Seventy-three percent of colleges and universities in 2010 experienced an increase in applications from the previous year.
7. One out of four teenagers submitted seven or more college applications.
8. The average application fee was $40. Larger institutions and more selective colleges tended to impose higher fees.
9. The typical school’s admission yield was down. Yield refers to the percentage of applicants that a college accepts who ultimately end up attending the school. The latest yield is 41% versus 49% in 2001. The shrinking yield is not surprising since students are applying to more schools.
10. Colleges typically spent $585 to recruit each applicant during the 2010 admission season. 11. Forty eight percent of schools used a wait list. Wait lists were far more popular with selective schools that accept fewer than 50% of its applicants. More than 63% of those schools used a wait list compared with less than 12% of schools that accept 50 % to 70% of its applicants. 12. The acceptance rate gap between those who apply early decision versus regular decision has shrunk. The acceptance rate for students who applied early decision was 57% versus 50% for regular-decision applicants.
13. While the college admission landscape has become tougher to navigate, getting help from high school counselors remain challenging. NACAC notes in its survey that federal statistics indicates that the average counselor/student ratio is 460:1.
14. The average public high school counselors spend just 23% of their time on college counseling, while the average private school counselors devote about 55% of their time to college issues.
15. Only 26% of public schools have at least one counselor who works exclusively on college counseling issues. In comparison, 73% of private schools have a dedicated college counselor.
One of the most challenging trends lately has been the shear volume of applications received by institutions. Between the Common Application making it easier to apply to multiple schools, concerns over financial aid award decisions, and the importance of a degree for future success; admissions offices are experiencing higher yield rates.
Admissions offices are also relying on social media to connect with prospective students. These teenagers have grown up with technology as a part of their life, so glossy view books and snail mailings may not appeal to this audience.
There has also been a slow increase in the number of schools who are going test-optional. One can only hope that this trend will continue to grow, as studies show that the high school transcript is a much better predictor of success in college.
The standards are getting tougher. Additionally, there has been some relaxation in ED conditions.
The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conducts an annual admissions trends survey. In recent years, one of the factors becoming more important in the admissions decision, according to this annual study, is “demonstrated interest.”
The prevailing trends in higher education all relate to the economy. Individual students and families are applying to a greater number of schools, considering public universities more, and waiting for financial aid offers before making final decisions. In an economic downturn, enrollment is vital to the sustainability of institutions. Many institutions are shifting from a “need blind” admission process to a “need aware” process which factors a family’s finances into the final outcome. And, though financial aid packages may be leaner merit aid may be used more widely and aggressively to attract high caliber students.
During this last admission cycle there seems to be a trend in students applying to early action or early decision instead of the regular deadlines as well as student applying to more colleges than ever before.
It is precarious and the price continues to rise and the selection process becomes more rigorous as the dollars diminiish
In the over twenty years I have been involved in college admissions work, I have seen colleges move away from seeking well rounded students to seeking well rounded classes, so that a student who stands out due to a particular passion or skill is often a more attractive applicant. Too, I have also seen an increase in the impact of outside forces–especially rankings and concerns about public identification–on the admissions process. Indeed, there has been a marked increase in marketing with an eye to a school’s place in the annual media-produced rankings. The ever greater concern about selectivity has led to increased efforts to attract more appplicants even when they are admitting no more of them. To me these are disturbing trends for while there is no denying that there are institutional needs, these efforts seem institutionally self-serving, reducing the aspiring applicants to little more than pawns in a game of one upsmanship .
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