Schools are getting more selective

Harvard accepted less than 6% of applicants this year, and Princeton a little more than 7% of its applicants, per Bloomberg.

With all the Ivies reporting a record number of applicants, it’s clear that people are applying to more and more schools, and aiming for selective schools that earlier, they might have just avoided.

“More students are going for their reach or dream colleges through the use of the Common App,” Mamlet said in a phone interview. In years past, completing laborious paperwork for each school limited the number that most students applied to, Mamlet said. “That barrier has been taken away.”

Quartz’ coverage of this phenomenon identifies that it is increasingly difficult for individuals with normal backgrounds to be accepted into schools:

To troll through the applicant pool of the most selective universities is to be astonished by the accomplishments, the academic preparation, and the busy lives of high-achieving teenagers. There are indeed kids who claim Native American ethnicity on their application (invariably Cherokee) because they are either ignorant about or indifferent to a long history of racial exclusion, or pad an activity list with more community service activities than there are hours in a week, there are also teenagers out there who do have extraordinary minds, run national campaigns, and have worked to overcome unbelievable odds in their young lives. Colleges do pursue them, and they should.

These applicants are, however, by definition exceptional and underlying Weiss’ witty rant about the absurdity and hypocrisy that can accompany selective college admission, is also some truth. The notion that winning selective admission requires only that students “be themselves,” is indeed ludicrous.

In the meantime, the IIT’s (Indian Institute of Technology) take just 1 in 50, or 2% of their students.

It’s time for American students to rethink their “dream” colleges – Quartz.


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