Virtually all of this year’s college admission decisions have been made and communicated to students. The increased variety of admissions plans (rolling, early decision, early action etc.), applications deadlines, test requirements, and the bewildering non-pattern of reply dates make our process the most complex higher education entrance process in the world. (NACAC may be seeking ways to encourage reply dates and methods to become more uniform, which would take one confusing variable out of the admission equation.)
That this complex process is a gateway to our world’s most well-financed and diverse range on institutions is the great payoff for students from around the globe. That so many students with a death-lock focus on Ivy League schools has brought us to yet another year of record-breaking application numbers is unfortunate. The Common Application, accepted at all leading US colleges, has made applying to multiple colleges more streamlined, with the inadvertent impact of increased applications at the most popular schools.
(NB:“Admission,” a recently released film starring Tina Fey as an admission officer at Princeton both distorts and demeans the admission process. No one watching it should construe the fictionalized account of the workings of an elite college admission office as remotely resembling the reality.)
Bloomberg cited a number of Ivy League schools as having an “all time low” percentage of admitted students. Figures released by the New York Times show Columbia at 6.89% admitted this year down from 7.4% in 2012. Princeton was down to 7.3% admitted from 7.9%, and Harvard down to a dizzying 5.8% from 5.9% last year. When will this trend bottom out? What conclusions should a future applicant draw from these numbers, where as many valedictorian are rejected as admitted to many Ivy League schools in a given year?
Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions
- The Choice Blog: 7 of 8 Ivy League Schools Report Lower Acceptance Rates (thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Princeton, Columbia Admission Rates at Record Lows – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Ivy League Admissions Letters Just Went Out, And Acceptance Rates Are Lower Than Ever (businessinsider.com)
- The Choice Blog: A Look Inside the Admission Conclave (thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com)
- What Factors are Most Important in College Admissions?
- Finding the Best Fit College/University is both Intellectual and Emotional