June 13, 2023
A reaction to an article in The New York Times entitled “For Colleges, Admissions is a Business. and Business is Booming.”
In The New York Times issue of March 16, 2023, an article was published about college and university admissions in the United States that was written by Jeffery Selingo, the former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education and the author of the book, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Mr. Selingo did his homework. In so doing, the points that he made deserve to be shared with those interested in this topic:
- High school seniors in 2023 applied to more colleges than ever before. Specifically, the number of applications to colleges or universities in the USA has doubled in the last eight years.
- The Common Application is a critical issue that has had a profound impact on the number of applications candidates have submitted.
- Application inflation is most acute at the nation’s brand-named and top-ranked public and private colleges.
- More than one-third of the colleges that accept the Common Application now offer “Early Action,” which requires students to apply in November to (theoretically) get…