Many elite college admission notifications went out this week, and apparently this year they’ve got the lowest admission rates yet – even steeper than last year’s record low percentage of admissions.
Fortunately for your younger siblings, they might not have to put away those Ivy League (or uh, Wesleyan) sweatshirts prematurely – demographic math suggests that next year or the year after, the number of high school graduates in the country will peak at around 2.9 million after 15 years of steadily climbing, which means a downturn in college applicants in the years to come and less competition with super-applicants of the above left type:
“The demographic changes include sharp geographic, social and economic variations. Experts anticipate, for example, a decline in affluent high school graduates, and an increase in poor and working-class ones. In response, colleges and universities are already increasing their recruitment of students in high-growth states and expanding their financial-aid offerings to low-income students with academic potential.
While many admissions deans expect to look nostalgically on what has become, for them at least, a golden era in college admissions, some say that a letup in the admissions craze might not be so bad.”
No shit! Huge congratulations to those of you in the Class of 2012 who’ve made it so far, clearly you faced odds worse than those of us already here did.