It had to happen sooner or later.
Two years ago, colleges created waitlists that put more people on hold than Peggy the Customer Service Agent. A few people sighed, but no one really complained.
Last year, colleges ramped up the process of sending student acceptances by e-mail — in the middle of the school day. Significantly less Calculus was taught for one day, but nothing more than that.
This year, things are different. This year, people are disillusioned.
As highly selective colleges report more record highs in applications, these same colleges are (naturally) reporting record lows in the percentage of students offered admission.
In the past, this news was met by students with a shrug and even a smile, as if they were saying “It’s OK. Hey, who could get in with odds like that?” This year, fewer students are looking at it that way, and when you listen to what they are saying, it is a cause for concern.
They generally say something like this — and this isn’t hyperbole:
“This is unbelievable. I have a friend (neighbor, cousin) who applied to an Ivy League school with straight As and a 35 on the ACT.
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