Paul L. Caron

Saturday, November 14, 2020

College Applications Plummet For Next Year's Freshman Class

Wall Street Journal, College-Admissions Season Was Already Stressful. Pandemic Made It Chaotic:

Through Nov. 2, the Common Application had nearly 8% fewer first-year applications than in the same period last year—and 10% fewer applicants. The application is used by more than 900 colleges and universities. ...

Early data show that the number of high-school seniors who have filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for next school year is down 16% from this time last year. The numbers are even lower among students of color and those in high-poverty high schools and rural areas, according to a National College Attainment Network analysis of Education Department data. ... Common App data show 16% declines in both applicants who requested fee waivers and those who would be first-generation college students. ...

Todd Rinehart, president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, said he knows of peer schools with applications down by at least 10% so far this year.

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Less $s for bloated academic bureaucracy and pompous deans. Poor babies

Posted by: John Ruiz | Nov 25, 2020 9:52:03 AM

People have had enough of leftist colleges working for the DNC!

Posted by: Soy | Nov 23, 2020 8:58:21 PM

While these numbers are encouraging, most private colleges sit on billions in endowments. Better still would be to eliminate the federal guarentee on student loans., Also being able to discharge student loans in bankruptcy would assure colleges steered students into fields paying enough to get repaid, if only partially.

Posted by: Jack Frost | Nov 23, 2020 7:12:13 PM

This is good news! Quite a few high school graduates would do well to take a year off after graduation to save money and sort out what they want to do with their lives. All too many college degrees will leave them deep in debt with no marketable skills. Take the time to choose wisely.

Posted by: Mike Perry | Nov 15, 2020 8:00:01 AM