Tough Choices for College Admissions

It should come as no surprise that each year gets tougher and tougher to get into college. This year is no different, as a perfect storm of shifting factors - demographics, culture, and the economy - has made this one of the most difficult ever for college admissions.

In terms of demographics, more Baby Boom children are college-aged, and a higher percentage are applying to college. Combine that with our ultra-competitive culture that emerges when most jobs now require a college degree, and our down-spiraling economy that makes the classroom a better option than the office, and you have an applicant pool wider and deeper than ever before.

Considering (and despite) all these factors, schools are receiving more early admissions applications, giving more in financial aid, and finding new and creative ways of screening applicants (webcams!)...

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