What trends have you noticed in admissions?

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Our counselors answered:

What trends have you noticed in admissions?

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

What trends have you noticed in admissions?

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.

Kris Hintz
Founder Position U 4 College LLC

What trends have you noticed in admissions?

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." As more pressure is placed on admissions counselors to predict their enrollment "yield," they are more concerned with how genuinely interested each applicant is in their school. In other words, if they offer you acceptance, how likely are you to actually enroll? This trend has strong implications for applicants. It is important to show commitment to the school when answering supplemental essays. It is important to visit the school (and mention your visit in your essays), demonstrate that you have met with admissions reps who come to your local area, and seek out the opportunity to do an interview (even a non-evaluative one with an alum).

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What trends have you noticed in admissions?

The standards are getting tougher. Additionally, there has been some relaxation in ED conditions.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

What trends have you noticed in admissions?

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.