Every year, college applicants tolerate admissions season even more competitive than the last. Although there are only about fifty American colleges a total of approximately 2000 rejecting more students than they accept each of these schools in recent years have received more applications from potential candidates than in any previous year, with no more seats to fill than before – thus reject even higher percentage of applicants and become that much more competitive. Realizing this trend causing observers to wonder why get into top schools becomes more and more difficult each year
The ever increasing level of competitiveness that we associate with admissions into elite colleges can be attributed to several factors :.
1. High school graduation rates across the country are at an all time high, despite a continued focus on drop out rates which nevertheless remain disappointed. Now more of them graduate students are aware of the need to get on the upper degree to be competitive in the labor market and maximize reward potential. This means that more students applying for spots on the institutions that are not growing any larger.
2. With the increased awareness of the increasingly competitive labor market, parents are ambitious students buy into the hype that admissions at the most competitive schools in the country will ensure their children successful they have been bred for, (not to mention vying for the right to proudly connect their children with such institutions brand).
3. In 1975, the Common Application started to make it possible for students to use one form to apply to several different schools – thereby cutting down on the amount of time and paperwork involved in their admissions process. However, as more colleges – the most competitive colleges, in particular – have become members, it has become easier for students to an average of more number of schools than they would have had time to meet in the past, that is just what they have start doing. But the average applicant to competitive colleges would suggest 4-6 applications in the past, they are now more likely to go up by 10-15 applications. That means colleges across the board get applicants that they would not have otherwise, so pools of competitive -. Increase the number of rejected and wait listed students each year
4. Due to competitive colleges want to keep notorious, they take great measures every year to keep from sliding down in the seat of the country’s most elite schools. Then one at these rankings are based on how many students have versus how many are accepted, it is to their advantage to see that more students attend in a given year than before, in order to protect or increase their status. The more students that they are able to reject the better reported their rankings – so colleges themselves put a lot of money and resources to achieve cast a wider net to recruit more and more candidates every year, even if such prospective applicants are not necessarily a good fit for their programs.
5. With advances in technology and the presence of Web 2.0, gaining a broad and detailed information on colleges, including the opportunity to embark on trips online, allows students from a wider geographic range to really explore institutions previously out of range and consideration due to being far to visit and get up close and personal with their research. This has led to increased student interest in college, they may not have even considered before, thus providing colleges slews of new customers.