If you read only the headlines each spring, you might believe the statement, “no one is getting in anywhere!”
The truth is that the majority of the colleges and universities in this country admit more students than they deny.
The average admit rate for 4-year colleges is 67%, and that number has not changed much in 20 years.
source: State of College Admissions 2011, National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).http://www.nacacnet.org/research/research-data/nacac-research/Pages/default.aspx
Other data of interest:
There are 95,000 public schools educating 48 million students in the U.S. (1)
Eighty-eight percent will graduate high school.(2)
18 million: the projected number of students enrolled in the nation’s colleges and universities this fall. This is up from 12.8 million 20 years ago. (3)
(1) Numbers & Types of Public Education Agencies 2005-2006 (http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007353)
(2) Dropout Rates in the U.S. 2005 (http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007059)
(3) U.S. Census Press Release "Back to School 2007-2008"
links verified 4/2013