Every year, college admission trends change and it’s very challenging for families to stay “in the know” on how to best approach the admissions process. It is a demanding time for candidates who are waiting and hoping to receive an acceptance from their first choice school. In fact, the whole process of college admission can be characterized as a stressful time for applicants and their families. Parents believe that applying to college today is dramatically different from when they went to school. Below are a few noted trends of this year:

Trend #1 An increased amount of college applications being submitted to colleges

Many universities experienced an increased amount of applications received as students applied to more schools. Students presume that they will have more choices to pick by casting a wider net on multiple options. Almost 85% of college applicants applied through an online process, which may be one of the reasons why students are applying to more schools. Less mail to be sent out, less paper forms to organize and quicker response time can contribute to this new trend. During the Fall of 2010 admission cycle, four-year colleges and universities received an average of 85% of their applications online, up from 80 % in Fall of 2009.

Trend #2 Schools Augment the Use of Waitlist

When applicants redeem an acceptance or rejection, they know where they stand. Due to an increase in schools wait listing status, too many applicants are in a state of nirvana hoping that they will be admitted to a school they have been wait listed at. This can be a deceiving hope since institutions are actually taking fewer students off of their wait lists than they did previously. Of the schools surveyed, 48% of institutions used a wait list in 2010 compared with just 39% in the prior year. Getting off a wait list was harder. Schools accepted 28% of applicants on wait lists compared with 34% a year earlier.

Trend #3 Southern Schools have taken on a new popularity

An increase in college applications is noted by almost all admission offices in the Southern region of the US.  Many of these schools are just being conceived by students around the country and this diversion continues to grow. More college students have been saying hello to sunshine and bye-bye to snow as they make their way down South for school. Students prefer strong academic programs that characterize many schools in the South and also the climate which may affect their mood and therefore performance.


Trend #4 Rise in International student applicants can easily be observed every year

It is also noted that for Asian students, studying in the U.S. is an investment for an enhanced lifestyle and increased amount of opportunities. A boost in the number of international students applying to U.S. institutions has made getting into college even more competitive. Most of the colleges presume that International students provide a financial boost by paying full fees to attend college in the United States. A survey, conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools showed a 9% increase in applications in 2012 from countries outside the United States. International students are recruited by many colleges now to provide more distinction and a global perspective to their schools. Colleges also conceive that International applicants who want to study in the U.S. are willing to pay the full price for their education.


Trend #5 Selectivity In Admissions

There could be many different factors for choosing a particular school, some more valid than others; despite this, the prospect of deciding where to apply can be daunting. A student’s decision to apply to a specific university depends on various factors, including: perceived abilities of other students applying to that institution; the institution’s recruiting activities, reputation, and major course offerings in relation to students’ interests, aspirations, etc. Not all degrees are equal. It is also important to recognize one very important fact for students who are just starting their college careers. In the world of employment; some college degrees carry more considerable worth than others due to its relevance in the field. Once you’ve earned a certificate or degree, your options depend a lot on what kind of accreditation your school was granted. Before beginning classes at any school, check to make sure the school will meet your career expectations and help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.


Trend# 6 Schools want to see a perceived interest in students who are applying

Requesting an interview with a school representative and having conversations with school staff shows that an applicant is serious about their future. This is a way they might consider applicants as a determined and motivated candidate who analyzes their next step. Demonstrating your unique personality will also resonate well with key personnel in the university, as building strong relationships is an important aspect to success.


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