College admissions process not overly complex, says US report

March 16, 2011

According to a College Board survey of students and parents on the college admissions process, on a score of 1 to 10, with 1 being "very clear" and 10 being "very confusing," parents and students both gave median scores of 3 for knowing how admissions decisions are made. Overall, the report states, "applying to college appears to be a clear and simple process for most students, regardless of their income level, geographic location, or first-generation status." Some have expressed concerns about the report -- one college counsellor says it is "contrary to common sense," and the executive director of CollegeTracks says it "doesn't square with what we're seeing." The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Inside Higher Ed | Read the report