For the last several years, around mid-April, I’ve seen headlines that say something along the lines of, “College acceptance rates hit record low.” Frank Bruni, who for many years wrote a New York Times column about college and college admissions, published a column on March 30 in which he stated that Stanford’s acceptance rate, which reached a historic low last year of 5%, this year dropped to 0%. The article was a joke, of course, but it illustrates just how competitive and ridiculous the college admissions process has become.
As acceptance rates continue to decline, the inevitable result is that more and more students are denied admission from the nation’s selective and highly selective colleges. Many students, who strove to do “all the right things” in high school in order to get into the college of their dreams, end up feeling like failures because they got shut out of an increasingly competitive admissions process. In an NPR interview last spring, Lisa Micele, Director of College Counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School, put it this way: “Often times, if