There have been tremendous changes in college admission due to the situation with the global pandemic. Many colleges change their class and study system from in-person, to online, to hybrid throughout the year. Test-optional policies have evolved as well due to the uneven or unavailable standardized testing opportunities. College admission trends keep shifting and evolving. Therefore, it is important to be aware of them so you can make informed choices as you navigate your college prep process.
Trends in college admission to anticipate
Here are several college admission trends to watch in the near future to help you make more informed decision about your education plan:
The application will continue to increase
There has been significant increases in application since 2021. Over 1 million distinct first-year applicants applied to college. There was also substantial increases in underrepresented minorities and first-generation applicants. Increased application means tougher competition. Hence, you need to make strategic plan to make yourself stand out from other applicants in the application pools.
Test-optional colleges are becoming a mainstream
The pandemic has brought a major shift to college admission policy and system. There has been an acceleration in number of institution going test-optional. In fact, many colleges are now making this policy permanent. Test-optional policies provide students with more flexibility in how they position themselves in the college admission process. For example, you can provide AP and IB test scores instead of SAT or ACT.
College waitlists becomes more active
The waitlist is the way for colleges to protect themselves from declining yield rates. And waitlist is predicted to grow even more rapidly in the years to come. The recent study showed how the number of students admitted from the waitlist rose significantly from 2019 to 2020. The trend is predicted to continue to grow. Waitlist can be advantageous but still has its downside. It can help increase the chance of acceptance if you are waitlisted. However, it is still a gamble which means you still have to consider other colleges that offer you admission.
Gap years and transfers will continue to trend
Many students and parents still doubt about college campuses to be back to normal as they were before the pandemic. The last two years have been about flip-flopping. Hence, it made many students and parents reluctant to commit to paying for an expensive college education. Gap years will be an option many students use as viable option. The number of transfers are increasing as well. Many students are interested to transfer to school that meet their needs and goals better, especially for those students who didn’t have a chance to tour a college before enrolling.
Diversity policies to be the top priority
Many colleges are now more aware of the importance of improving their optics with regards to diversity, inclusion, and equity. These points will be in the top priority of college admission policies. There will be increased numbers of students representing diversity in terms of race, disability, income, gender, and other groups to be given more opportunity for admission.