There are fewer students applying to college now than there were 5 years ago. Does that surprise you?
How can it be that colleges are getting so much more competitive now than in the past when there are fewer students applying to college? Because the number of applications that some students are submitting has been increasing significantly. And most of these additional applications are being sent to just a handful of colleges.
The reality is that for the vast majority of colleges, they are no more selective now than they have been in the past. In fact, most colleges accept most of the students that apply to them.
Is there anything you can do about this increased selectivity to a small number of colleges? No, I’m afraid not. But what you can do is broaden your idea of what is a good school. Don’t assume that because a college rejects most of the people that apply that it is a better college than one that accepts most of those that apply.
In deciding where to apply don’t worry about artificial rankings or the number of students that are rejected by a college. Neither tells you whether a particular college might be a good choice for you and your needs.
And that is all that should really matter to you.