For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems

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Media Outlet: The New York Times

But while the best students are sending out more applications for the same number of slots at elite colleges, the slots themselves aren’t becoming more scarce and the number of students competing with one another isn’t growing. In essence, the growth in applications per student creates a vicious cycle, causing admission rates at the best schools to artificially decline, students to become more anxious, and the number of applications per student to grow even more.  


Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy program at New America.