College admissions are less competitive than you think
While most in the media tend to focus on ultra-low acceptance rates of Ivy League colleges, in reality, most colleges aren’t nearly that competitive.
In fact, at most public and private colleges, the acceptance rate is over 50%.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 84% percent of public colleges admit at least half of all students who apply, and 80% of all private, not-for-profit colleges do.
And these less competitive colleges enroll significantly more students than the small number of schools that have lower acceptance rates.
These statistics turn the conventional notion that the college admissions process is ultra-competitive.
If you’re a good student, you shouldn’t be discouraged by the low acceptance rates you hear about in the media. You have many choices, and you likely have a chance of acceptance at the majority of colleges in the country, many of which offer a quality educational experience–at a much lower price than those ultra-competitive private colleges.
And if cost is a concern, remember that there are plenty of other viable options at lower price than those ultra-competitive private colleges.