Saturday, November 14, 2020
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.