For those of you who just graduated from high school this past semester and have applied to colleges, you should be able to breathe a bit easier than you would have in years past. Sometimes it’s best to be lucky, and for those of you with borderline acceptable college applications, you may just be in luck. Teenage population numbers have dipped and are projected to keep dipping for the next couple of years. This means there is a smaller pool of applicants and colleges are scrambling to fill the seats with freshmen, meaning they are ultimately lowering the bar and accepting applicants that simply would not have made the cut last year.
According to the experts, there won’t be any noticeable changes to acceptance rates at elite colleges and universities such as Ivy League schools, but smaller, less selective colleges will be doing everything they can to have full classes, even when it means lowering their standards.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is an organization that has been monitoring and tracking graduation projections for over thirty years. They recently released a report called Knocking on the College Door which included the following observation:
“Over the last two decades, colleges and universities have been able to count on an annually growing number of students graduating from the nation’s high schools. But it appears that period of abundance will soon be history.”
Even though, the number of high school graduates has risen and peaked over the past fifteen years it iis expected to decline by up to two hundred thousand this year, according to the Knocking on the College Door report.
So if you are on of those average high school students with average test scores, you still have a great chance at getting accepted at the college or university you apply to. Don’t waste this golden opportunity. If you’ve been procrastinating about applying for enrollment for the Fall 2014 Semester you are running out of time but you can still make it if you act now. Apply, enroll, and start registering for classes. You’ll be glad you took the leap.