Record competition for admission to top-tier US colleges

April 1, 2008

America’s most prestigious universities and colleges cited record-breaking selectivity this year. Harvard offered admission to only 7.1% of the 27,462 high school seniors who applied, while Yale accepted 8.3% of its 22,813 applicants.  The heightened competition can be attributed to growing numbers of US high school graduates, the ease of online applications, expanded financial aid packages, aggressive recruiting of a broader range of young people, and a tendency for ambitious students to apply to a greater number of institutions.  The 8 ivy-league colleges mailed acceptance and rejection letters on Monday to tens of thousands of applicants. The New York Times