Each year getting into a good college or university seems more challenging than ever. 2011 was no exception, especially with the rocky economy still looming largely over the country. Thanks to a study done by Newsweek, below are some noticeable trends that popped up during the admissions process that may be able to give future college bound students and their families some food for thought for next year:
Southern Colleges Are Where the Action Is
People may make cracks about the South but when it comes to applying to Southern colleges and universities, it’s no laughing matter. Admissions offices throughout the South are reporting increases in applications from incoming freshmen, as well as transfer students. College counselors report that what’s more surprising than the sudden interest in this part of the country is the primary reason students are flocking to such campuses: the weather. Apparently, college bound students would prefer attending school at campuses where the weather is much warmer year-round. Wake Morris, Vanderbilt and Emory are just a handful of schools enjoying such popularity.
Living in a Tech Savvy City Gives Students an Advantage
2011 saw a rise in the number of students being accepted into colleges and universities who originally come from cities that are known for being very technology oriented (San Jose, Seattle, Palo Alto, etc.). Because the high schools in these areas typically focus on tech classes and offer its students the latest advancements in terms of software and other related programs, colleges know there is a great possibility that the students from such backgrounds are likely interested and fluent in tech related subjects.
More Colleges Are Accepting Out-Of-State-Students
This trend only makes sense for public colleges and universities in need of funds (remember, the tuition and fees for out-of-state students tends to be much higher compared to state residents). The more out-of-state students, the better for the schools and the communities that rely on these educational institutions to bring in business.
More International Students Are Applying
As if getting into a U.S. college or university isn’t already hard enough, admissions offices are now reporting increasing numbers of applications from students in other countries–namely China. International students’ fascination with attending American schools has never wavered, even in these uncertain economic times and U.S. colleges and universities are welcoming them with open arms. This is mainly due to the fact that, like out-of-state students, these schools greatly benefit from the tuition and fees. Unfortunately, for U.S. students, this means even more competition for spots on campus.
Students Are Choosing Ivy League for Their Grad School Years Instead of Undergrad Years
Why? According to studies, families know that getting their kids into Ivy League schools as undergrads is next to impossible so they figure opting for regular colleges and universities will give them enough time to save up the funds needed to afford applying for grad school at these educational institutions. Because the numbers of grad applicants is smaller compared to undergrad applicants, this gives some students a better shot at furthering their education.