What Future College Students Should Know About The Current College Admission Environment

Future College Students

Future College Students

The current college admissions environment points to several important factors that future college students should know.  As future college students prepare for the current college admission environment, it is vital to stay informed on recent admission trends.



What future college students should know about the current college admissions environment:

  • There is significant Application Inflation. Why are more students applying to a higher number of colleges?                                                       With the competitive nature of admissions and admission rates at elite colleges at their lowest level ever, students apply to more colleges to make sure they gain acceptance to several colleges. In addition, both the Common and Universal applications make it easier for students to submit many applications.
  • Most recently Education Week posted this article regarding the volume of college applications and how they continue to rise.     College Application Numbers Continue To Rise
  • More International Students Attending US Universities                         US population indicates that the number of high school graduates in the US will stabilize. As a result, many colleges are recruiting worldwide and accepting more international students. In addition, many students choose to transfer during college, which has also had an impact on admissions. It’s possible that universities may accept more of these students in the coming years, which makes the college process that much more difficult for US citizens. Admission requirements for international and transfer students may vary.
  • So based on the current college admissions landscape, how many colleges should students apply to?                                                                    After careful research via online resource websites, social media, visits, college fairs, and conversations, students should prepare a balanced list of 10-12 colleges categorizing them into reach, 50/50 and likely admission. Once this is complete, an apply timeline should be prepared noting the admission policies of the various colleges. Students with financial need should be sure to consider the generosity of schools as one of the criteria for creating a balanced list. What this tells future applicants is that they should soon be engaged in the college process (research), so the necessary work will not later be condensed into a smaller period of time causing stress and nerves to accelerate. The Class of 2021 should be keeping careful notes on college admissions news and events occurring at their colleges of interest. Read about creating the college list here:Creating The College List
  • Pay attention to Demonstrated Interest                                                    Colleges want to accept students they believe will attend as it raises their yield. Students can demonstrate interest by writing exceptional essays especially the supplemental essays that are specific to the college. Students need to show that they have knowledge about the college and how to be an asset to that college community. Communicating with schools to show your interest can be done quite early in the process.
  • Summer is a great time to get started on college essays. Take notes on the various schools and how one differs from the rest. The new Common Application essay prompts are available here: New Common Application Essay Prompts
  •  More colleges are offering spring admission programs.                       More and more students are being accepted for the spring term versus  the fall.    Learn about the colleges where you choose to apply and see if they have a spring  program for admission. This may determine whether you choose to apply to          that college or not. If admitted for the spring term and want to attend that  college, be prepared to decide how to spend the fall semester whether work,  college credits or travel.
















About Jeannie Borin

Jeannie stems from New York City and is a Juilliard School of Music alumnus. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at UCLA in psychology, education and counseling and founded College Connections, LLC in 2003. Jeannie has been featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal and LA Magazine and on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC and CBS News. Jeannie writes regularly for numerous publications and CBS Money Watch named her the number one college advisor to follow on Twitter. She is a professional member of several prestigious educational organizations. Jeannie is recognized by media, clientele and colleagues globally as a leader in college admissions consulting and new media. She is happily married with two grown sons and lives in Los Angeles.
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