College Rejections Reach All Time High


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Thousands of high school seniors are still mulling over some really bad news that they received earlier this month. Many students received college rejection letters as schools began to notify applicants desiring to begin academic study for the Fall 2008 semester. According to a recently published article appearing in The New York Times, several elite schools will be admitting their lowest percentage of applicants ever.

Behind the bad news is some interesting information regarding the applications. For example, thanks to the ease of applying online, applying to college has gotten much easier. Yale, for example, has seen their applicant numbers nearly double in the past ten years, a trend reported by schools around the country.

Quite a few schools have also been aggressively expanding their range of students to attract a broader demographic of high school seniors from across the county and, indeed, from around the world. Combined with the ease of applying, some schools are combing through thousands more applicants than every before.

Harvard is leading the way in rejections, with 93 out of 100 students receiving notification that their application has been turned down with Yale rejecting about 92 of every 100 applicants. Georgetown University, Bowdoin College, and Brown University are some of the other schools who have sent out the highest percentage of rejection letters this year.

High school guidance counselors have been bracing for the bad news, warning students that the competition is the stiffest it has ever been. Many students today are applying to multiple schools, understanding that their chance of acceptance increases with every successful completed application.


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