If you have a high school student, it's essential to stay on top of the latest college admissions trends to help them succeed in this competitive landscape. In this article, we'll discuss eight additional trends that families should keep in mind when navigating the college admissions process.
Southern schools are becoming increasingly popular among northern students. With Northeastern schools becoming more selective and competitive, many families are looking to schools in the South. Southern schools often offer merit aid, which can stretch a family's dollar further, and for students who dislike cold weather, it can be a huge plus.
Recommendation: Consider adding Southern colleges and universities to your list.
College application numbers remain high. With the elimination of standardized testing requirements, students are applying to more selective schools than ever before. However, with more students applying, the admission rates are becoming more competitive, making it important to consider a range of schools.
Recommendation: Apply to colleges with varying levels of selectivity.
Applying Early Decision may increase your student's chance of acceptance. Applying early shows a college that a student is committed, and it can improve the college's yield. In recent years, many colleges have admitted a record number of students who applied through Early Decision or Early Action.
Recommendation: Consider Early Action wherever possible, but only apply Early Decision if you have a clear first-choice college and do not need to compare financial aid packages or scholarships.
More colleges are offering a second Early Decision round. Early Decision 2 is increasing in popularity and allows students to commit early to their second-choice school. For colleges, it's an opportunity to admit students who are committed to enroll if accepted.
Recommendation: Apply early.
Research can improve your student's chances of admission. Although not a clear trend, students admitted to the University of Pennsylvania were more likely to have engaged in academic research during high school.
Recommendation: Encourage your student to engage in research, capstone projects, or senior theses.
Demonstrated interest can make a difference. Colleges are paying more attention to students who show a genuine interest in their school, which can include visiting the campus, attending events, or reaching out to admissions officers.
Recommendation: Demonstrate interest in the schools to which you are applying.
Colleges are becoming more holistic in their review process. With an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion, colleges are considering more than just a student's test scores and grades.
Recommendation: Emphasize extracurricular activities, community service, and other non-academic achievements in your application.
Students are considering a gap year. In light of the pandemic, many students are considering taking a year off before starting college to travel, work, or volunteer.
Recommendation: If your student is considering a gap year, start planning early to ensure that the time is well-spent and productive.
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