April 19, 2013
Some college applicants might feel disheartened by the competitive admissions process. The list of 2013 college acceptance rates, as aggregated by the New York Times, may show that colleges and universities in the U.S. are becoming more selective. Nonetheless, individuals hoping to get college scholarships and start school can still succeed in doing so.
According to the New York Times, pools of applicants are getting bigger, which is allowing many schools to be more selective than they were a year ago. This is especially evident among Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Stanford.
The Times believes that reasons for this increased selectivity stem from the institutions' concern about their overall rankings. In essence, the more selective a school is, the more attractive and impressive it may look. The source nonetheless notes that this data is from a select group of schools and that many four-year upper education institutions admit most of the people who apply to them and offer a great education.
For example, in a recent Huffington Post blog post, Boston high school student Anangie Martinez explained her excitement at getting into the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. This school, along with many other colleges and universities, isn't listed by the New York Times as being highly competitive. Nonetheless, these schools provide beneficial education programs to their students.