Colleges Turn Away Applicants in Record Numbers

High school students around the country are finding out this week whether they have been accepted, or rejected by colleges of their choice.

The problem is rejection slips are going out in record numbers.

Experts say that is because colleges simply do not have enough room.

Students are raising their standards and applying where they would not have before.

Northwestern University has seen a record jump in applications this year.

The university received 22,000 applications with only 5,400 available spots.

Experts say the huge demand is that the children of baby boomers are coming of age.

It is called the echo boom. Education Consultant Hristie Woodfin explains, “Colleges have not expanded to accommodate this bulge ..so there is a squeeze at the top. It's a little equivalent to five o'clock traffic on the freeway.”

To help, some suggest sending out multiple applications to multiple schools.

However, others say dealing with a little rejection at a young age can be a good thing.


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