This piece was from a few years ago, but it’s the same this year and getting worse every year: admission to the most prestigious colleges and universities is more and more competitive. 31,000 applications for 1,500 spots at Brown this year? That’s insane. Ivies and their ilk are placing record numbers on the wait list because so many applicants are too darn impressive to deny admission outright.
This year has been called the toughest ever for high school graduates seeking admission into selective colleges. The result is a lot of super-achieving students are ending up at their “safety” schools. Listen to the story on NPR’s web site: Being Smart Not Enough for College Admissions : NPR