The Decline of College Acceptance Rates


The pandemic’s effects will continue to impress on the next generation of graduating students (photo courtesy of NPR).

The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly brought upon many issues, including difficulties surrounding the future of higher education. In a society where students place a great extent of pressure on colleges, especially prestigious ones, it’s not easy when admittance rates begin plummeting. 

With a spike in students applying to Ivy Leagues and other prestigious schools, it should come as no surprise that acceptance rates have lowered compared to previous years. According to The Washington Post, schools such as Columbia University have dropped their acceptance rates from 6.1% to just 3.7%, and Yale has fallen from 6.5% to 4.6%. 

This drop can be attributed to an increase in student applications. As these are prestigious schools, many applicants will not get in, especially if the applicant count continues to increase. 

Yet another issue comes from the fact that SAT and ACT scores have become optional. Without a common evaluation across all students, it becomes difficult to gauge where many individuals stand academically. It’s seemingly unlikely that things will return to normal, meaning that the application process will continue to be a complicated process. 

According to CNBC, another issue stems from students who have taken gap years due to COVID. This left many students deferred to the next graduating year. 

With this knowledge in mind, many students are dissatisfied as they believe these universities should have prepared better. Parkview junior Simran Mohanty says, “Students shouldn’t be rejected from college opportunities because of the surplus of applicants; you [colleges] should have to accommodate that yourself.” 

With all the complications triggered by the pandemic, the future of the class of 2021 and 2022 remains a myst