In large public high schools throughout America, counselors, who are individually responsible for an average 407 students, spend less than a fourth of their time on college counseling, while their counterparts in private schools devote more than half their time to the task.
In schools with high-poverty rates, the college prep courses that college admission officers increasingly value, such as AP and IB courses, are offered far less frequently than in low-poverty schools.
Due to the ease of submitting college applications online, more students are submitting multiple applications to different colleges, but colleges are accepting fewer students and forcing more of them onto wait lists from which increasingly fewer are admitted.
These are just some of the realities revealed in “2011 State of College Admission,” a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, or NACAC.
Based on an annual survey of secondary and post-secondary institutions, the report predicts that, while high school graduation rates have essentially leveled off, college enrollment is expected to rise—from the 20.4 million students currently enrolled in degree-granting institutions of higher education to 23 million in the 2019-20 school year.
The increase will be due primarily to an increase in non-traditional age students, the report’s authors say.
However, underrepresentation continues among racial and ethnic minorities in the traditional college-aged population. Specifically, the report says, while Black and Hispanic students constituted about 34 percent of the traditional college-aged population, they represented only about 27 percent of enrolled college students. Read more.