College Applications Beginning to Level Off

The state of college admissions has changed a little in the last few years. The National Association for College Admission Counseling recently released its annual report on college admissions. According to NACAC:

The 2010 State of College Admission… documents changes in application volume and enrollment management strategies that may reflect the response of both students and colleges to the economic downturn. Although most colleges reported increases in the number of applications for Fall 2009, the largest proportion since 1996 (29 percent) reported decreases.

So basically applications are still up, but they’re not going up as quickly as they used to be.

This may have something to do with another change revealed in the document; the number of high school students simply isn’t growing. The high birth rate in the late 80s thorough the 90s meant that there were simply a whole lot more students applying to college. More and more of them, every year. This is part of what enabled so many American colleges to become much more selective in recent years.

Well this trend has leveled off. The peak number of high school students was 3.33 million in 2008-09. There were only 3.29 million students in 2009-10. The number will decline for the next five years.

Read the full NACAC report about college admission here.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer