The National Association for College Admission Counseling just release the 2010 edition of the State of College Admissions. This annual report highlights what is happening in the world of admissions.
Although everyone seems to dwell on the most selective colleges where admissions is incredibly difficult, the average acceptance rate for 4 year selective colleges last year was 66.5%. And while most colleges (65%) did have increases in the number of applications last year, 29% of the colleges reported decreases in the number of applications.
One area where growth continues is in the number of students that submit 7 or more applications. Almost 25% of student fell into this category. Another area of growth is the 26% of colleges that accepted a greater number of early decision and early action applicants.
Another finding of the report that students need to be aware of is that 20% of colleges now place considerable importance on demonstrated interest when making admissions decisions. 76% of colleges said that demonstrated interest played at least some role in admissions decisions.
Next week I will talk some more about the factors colleges are looking at in deciding who to admit.