Knowing the latest college admissions trends will ease your anxiety about the process. Let’s start with the good news: The odds for admission into a four-year college or university are good — seven out of every 10 seniors who apply get in, according to a recent report.And the bad news? The competition for selective colleges is more intense than ever before.In its 2008 report on the state of college admissions, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) identified several reasons for the recent increase in college applications and consequently tougher competition to get into “brand name” colleges. The two biggest reasons are:More students are graduating from high school.There are more high school students now than ever before due to the “baby boom echo,” i.e., all those children of all those baby boomers.Students are applying to more schools.The ease of researching colleges and submitting applications online and of applying to multiple schools using the Common Application has contributed to this phenomenon.

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