Re: NY Times: Young, Gifted, and Not Getting Into Harvard
Originally Posted by Unassisted
Speaking of applying to enough schools, I read recently that with online applications and common applications (the same application can be used at multiple schools) becoming commonplace, the average number of schools that students apply to now is around 20! In the era of paper applications, it was around 5 or 6.
This has the effect of increasing the number of applicants at every school and the larger pool of applicants leads to a lower percentage of accepted applications. Schools are getting more selective because they can be.
That's a good point. I think its a good thing. I don't have any statistics on it, but I'd be interested to see what online applications have done for the quality of applicants. My feeling and my hope is that it allows schools to attract quality applicants from a broader pool and spreads academic talent to a greater number of schools. I know my school consistently states that the quality of their applicants has increased greatly since they took their applications online. They say the last few classes have been the highest quality and most diverse group of students they've ever had. Of course, maybe they just say that to all the classes.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.