Ivy League schools letting in fewer students

November 26, 2012

The New York Times, in it's annual assessment of college enrollment statistics, noted that Ivy League schools were more particular when it came to admitting students in 2012. Many schools - including Harvard and Yale - told reporters that their acceptance rate was less than 10 percent.

The news source's numbers show almost 35,000 applications - 3,800 of which were the top students in their class - were sent to Harvard University in 2012. Of these, little more than 2,000 were accepted. Meanwhile, Yale only admitted 1,975 out of the nearly 30,000 applications it received. A similar rate was shown at Princeton. However, the author of the blog emphasized that the majority of American colleges have far, far higher acceptance rates.

Overall enrollment starts to plateau at Connecticut schools
A report from the Stamford Advocate notes that, although more people are successfully following through on tips for getting into college, the rate of enrollment has ceased to grow in Connecticut.

An expert speaking to the news source said that she feels the mediocre state of the job market contributed to the recently-stalled boom in college enrollment.

"I think the effect of the economy has actually helped buttress what could have been a more substantial loss in traditional-age students," Connie Fraser, spokeswoman for the Constitution State's Office of Higher Education, told the Stamford Advocate.

The news source reports that, although enrollment at Connecticut's private schools only went up by less than 1 percent this year, the number of students attending community colleges rose by 2 percent. However, it's been another story for state universities. The University of Connecticut has a 1 percent drop in new students, but that's not as much as it could've been, considering the 8 percent increase in tuition.  Meanwhile, enrollment at other Connecticut state universities fell by a little over 3 percent. In contrast, enrollment at nursing and healthcare school St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport continues to grow significantly - the student population rose by almost 25 percent in 2011, and jumped up another 13 percent this year.

Sources who spoke to the Stamford Advocate had warm things to say about St. Vincent's

"The focus here is on nursing and medical fields," Amy Ragozzino, a 23-year-old North Branford resident and St. Vincent's student, told the news provider. "The hospital is connected, so clinicals are right next door. I wish I came here from the beginning [of her college career]."

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