Baby boomer offspring yield largest graduating class in history

January 15, 2008

US colleges and universities are gearing up for the "largest high school crop in history": 3.3 million high school students will graduate this spring. Most schools will turn away qualified applicants, and some will stretch their limits to take in a larger-than-ever freshman class.  To defeat an unprecedented number of competitors, many students are moving their safety schools into first-choice positions.  The boomers themselves reached a graduating class of 3.2 million, but less than 50% pursued PSE.