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 State of College Admission Report

Data in NACAC’s 2013 State of College Admission report shows that students’ grades and the academic rigor of their course loads weigh more heavily in decisions to admit than standardized test scores, high school class rank, or demonstrated interest in attending.

The report also suggests that that US postsecondary institutions are less able to predict enrollment trends today than they were 10 years ago, as evidenced by declining “yield rates” -- the number of accepted applicants that ultimately decide to attend a college—as well as the increasing numbers of students placed on wait lists.  The report does note that other trends, including a slight decline in the number of applications submitted per student, may indicate that colleges are starting to reach a new equilibrium in the application and admission process.

Among other significant findings in the 2013 State of College Admission report, the data showed overall higher education enrollment declined for the first time since 1995. Declines in enrollment at for-profit colleges and two-year public colleges drove this trend, while enrollment at public and private, non-profit colleges continued to grow.

Read the 2013 press release.

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Previous editions of NACAC's State of College Admission report are also available to download for free
Please contact NACAC to view annual State of College Admission reports published prior to 2008.