Admit it, the current numbers associated with college admissions can be staggering. As the outcomes for 2010-2011 are being announced and a new admission season is fast approaching., Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to highlight some numbers that will be critical to high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the college admission process. Over the next few weeks we will detail other important facts to know for the 2011-2012 admission cycle. But first, let’s crunch some numbers.
Number one: As predicted, applications continue to rise and acceptances continue to decrease. Admission is becoming competitive. As Jacques Steinberg of the New York Times notes, many schools accepted less than 30percent of applicants. Here are a few regional samples
University Applied Accepted Percentage Accepted
Davidson 4,757 1192 25.06%
Duke 29,689 3,739 12.59%
Emory 17,027 4,410 25.90%
UNC 23,726 6,965 29.36%
Number two: According to the Department of Education, the average public high school counselor spends approximately 10 to 2o percent of their time on college planning and carries a student-to-counselor ratio of 463:1.
Number three: Although targeting acceptance rates can be difficult, predicting tuition increases is much easier. The average expected rise in tuition is eight percent. This has the cost of college doubling every nine years.
The numbers can be intimidating. Yet, they can also give you a realistic view of the educational landscape and be viewed as a tool to craft an educational plan. This plan should center on the best academic, financial and social fit that realizes a student’s potential and future.i
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning