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College Statistics

It has been reported that since 2001, the ratio of students applying for acceptance in US college & universities vs the number of actual positions available has steadily increasing. This has resulted in an overall decline in acceptance rates at US college & universities.

Average acceptance rate at four-year colleges has declined from 71.3 percent in 2001 to 66.8 percent in 2007. (1)

US college & universities enrollment continues to reach all-time highs. As of 2006, approximately 17.8 million students were enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions. Total college enrollment is expected to continue increasing until at least 2017. (1)

Applications submitted to continue to increase. Due to the ease of online applications, peak in number of graduates and growth in the number of applications per student, there has been a steep increase in applications to four-year colleges. For the fourth year in a row, approximately three-quarters of four-year colleges and universities reported an increase in the number of applications from that of the previous year. (1)

A national survey was taken and more than 70 percent of counselors indicated an increase in the number of students foregoing their “dream schools” in favor of more affordable options, due to the current economic difficulties.
(1) US Department of Education data

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