Tuesday, June 24, 2014

National Trend #4: Out-of-State's Cash Cow

Many highly desirable public institutions are opening their doors wider to full paying out-of-state students.   

This is particularly true in the University of California system (UC Berkeley reported admitting 30% of their out-of-state pool;  up 24% from just three years ago).   

In addition, some highly coveted public universities like the University of Virginia plan to increase tuition by 5.9% for out-of-state students. 

See the following article.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

National Trend #3 - STEM Growth

Many highly selective schools reported major application spikes in science, technology, engineering and math programs.   

Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, for example, reported a 20.2% increase in applications with 7,701.   

See the following article.

Princeton, for example, admitted 25.3 percent of their overall admission pool who indicated they want to study engineering, and a record 43 percent of those students were women.

This tells me that schools like Casady need to make a concerted effort to strengthen their upper end M and S curriculum, resources and faculty, as well as add "T" curriculum like an online AP Computer Science course.

There may also be some legitimacy to adding an Intro to Engineering course down the line as well...or develop some project-based curriculum that integrates in aspects of basic engineering.

Monday, May 19, 2014

National Trend #2 - Early vs. Regular

My colleagues and I are not only fascinated by the totality of admission numbers - total applications, total admits, total wait listed, and total yields.

We are also intrigued by the dualities within highly selective admissions.

Specifically, the duality between early admissions versus regular admissions.

For some schools, the gap between early and regular admissions is widening.

Take Harvard, for example.

Harvard took a fairly liberal portion from the early admission bucket.

11% more, in fact, than last year.

Regular admission admits remained fairly static...and bleak.

But then take Harvard's admissions rival.


Stanford took a more conservative number from their early admission bucket.

Here the gap between early and regular admissions isn't as acute.

Harvard admits more.

Stanford less.

This is an example of how it is getting harder to use traditional models and metrics to predict outcomes.

My colleague Patrick O' Connor underscores this reality in his article in the Huffington Post, and helps us understand that students must "expand their horizons" and create an "A list" and "B list" set of schools.

It feels analogously that highly selective admissions has become the equivalent of the Kentucky Derby.

The best of the best racing against each other for a better national ranking...now students look at the odds and place your bets!

One of my top students this year bet on Harvard.  She bet on the right horse. 

I had others that bet on other horses...and some won...others lost.

The analogy is not my favorite one, but it feels like that is the reality of highly selective admissions today.

What analogy might you use to describe this trend within the glut of absurd admission statistics?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

National College Admission Trends (2013-14)

Over the next couple weeks, I will share with you national college admission trends that my colleagues have circled around in our conversations for the past few weeks.

I will be sharing these national trends with Casady's Board of Trustees tomorrow.

National Trend #1 - Business as Usual at the Top.

A colleague once remarked, "Highly selective colleges have the only business model I know of  where their goal is to grow their business through customer dissatisfaction."

I would add potential customer dissatisfaction.

Every year, these schools turn more potential customers away in disappointment...and every year the line to try and get in is looonnnnngggggeeeeerrr!

Consequently, the majority of the most highly desirable schools saw increases in application volume and decreases in application rates.

Here is a statistical sampling:

Name:                                                Applications                        Admits                        Admit Rate
Stanford                                             42,167                                    2,138                                    5.07%
Harvard                                              34,295                                    2,023                                    6.26%
Yale                                                    30,932                                    1,935                                    6.26%
Columbia                                           32,967                                    2,291                                    6.95%
Princeton                                            26,641                                    1,939                                    7.28%
Brown                                                30,432                                    2,619                                    8.86%
Penn                                                   35,868                                    3,550                                    9.90%
Duke                                                  32,457                                    1,705                                    10.80%
*Dartmouth                                       19,299                                    2,220                                    11.50%
*Vanderbilt                                        29,504                                    3,631                                    12.31%
Cornell                                               43,041                                    6,014                                   13.97%

* decrease in applications

 Here is a link to a Huffington Post article that expounds on the admission numbers at the top. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Class of 2014 "College Day"

Today is our College Chapel.

We will celebrate the Casady Class of 2014 and their accomplishments.

We will announce where each of the 73 seniors are matriculating in the fall.

This was a "BCS year" for the Class of 2014.

Our Sugar Bowl win (still relishing the Sooner victory over Bama!).

First some college admission statistics about the Class of 2014.

Overall matriculation to 4-year colleges:  100%
Overall college admission rate:  74%

Overall admission:  95 different colleges and universities
Overall matriculation:  33 different colleges and universities

Out-of-state matriculation:  63%
In-state matriculation:   37%

Public institutions:  55%
Private institutions:  45%

Universities:  93.2%
Liberal Arts Colleges:  6.8%

Matriculation Location:
In State:  37%
Southeast:  36%
Northeast:  10%
Midwest:  10%
West:  6%
International:  1%

Total (reported) merit monies:  $3 million

The 73 seniors of the Class of 2014 will matriculate to the following 34 colleges and universities:

Harvard College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Pennsylvania
Cornell University
Duke University
Vanderbilt University
Rice University*
Pomona College
Grinnell College
Tufts University
The University of Texas - Austin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
New York University
Boston University
University of Georgia
Indiana University - Bloomington
Texas Christian University*
Rhodes College
St. Olaf College
Earlham College
University of Puget Sound*
St. Edwards University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas*
Florida State University
University of Tampa
St. Louis University
Baylor University*
Harding University
Xavier University (New Orleans)
Institute of Technology in Buenos Aires
University of Oklahoma*
Oklahoma State University*
Oklahoma Baptist University

* two or more students attending

Congrats to the Casady Class of 2014!!!  We are proud of every college acceptance and every college matriculation!!!

It was an exciting adventure to partner with every one of you in discerning the best college fit!

Mission accomplished!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Highly Selective Admissions Then and Now

Last week a colleague and I presented to packed room at GPACAC on Highly Selective Admissions:  Then and Now.

Here is a link to the prezi. 

We provided our audience a cadre of articles on this topic as well.

There is this one on Stanford's 5% admit rate.

And this one on Stanford denying 69% of their applicants with perfect SAT scores.   

And this one on major trends for next year's seniors (20% rule is very helpful!).

And this one with Ivy admission statistics (higher volume + lower admit rate = business as usual).   

Have a great week.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Admission Decisions Today (5 pm eastern time) and Icebergs

As highly selective admissions announce their decisions today and next week (here are the numbers!), the question in the aftermath [for counselors like me] is always this one:

If 85-90% of the students applying to these schools are admissible (according to the admission deans), then how do these admission officers make their decisions?

I would offer my iceberg analogy.

This is something I drew up on a napkin while listening to Bill Fitzsimmons talk about admissions at Harvard at the Harvard Institute.

90% of the reasons why or why not are underneath the surface.

Where we will never know why.

Which often then translates to students beating themselves up over the 10% above the surface that had NOTHING to do with the decision made.