College Applications on the Rise
Getting into college has always been difficult. College can be hard for any number of reasons but obviously getting accepted is the first step. It seems to be getting harder every year; seventy five percent of colleges reported an increase in the number of applications from the previous years. With more applicants, schools have the opportunity to be more selective, they now can pick and choose who they want from a larger pool and therefore reject more students. Western Washington University is absolutely no exception to this applicant increase. In 2010 WWU received nine thousand six hundred and twenty applications. WWU only accepted seventy two percent of students which was the lowest admit rate in fifteen years. For transfer students things have become increasingly difficult, in 2008 seventy percent got accepted but in 2010 only fifty seven percent of transfer students got accepted. The application rates are not going down. 2015 had the highest number of applicants ever with nine thousand eight hundred and two applicants and could only accept two thousand eight hundred, there was a five hundred applicant increase. High achieving students who have received awards and honors rate of application is up by twelve percent.
Although it is great news to hear that WWU is receiving some the best and brightest students in the northwest it is hard to turn away very bright and promising students just because not enough spaces were open. This is such a select group of students that we don’t want to have to turn away students for financial reasons. That’s why WE ARE WWU is trying to raise money to provide scholarships to Western students, these students have gone through a great deal to just get accepted and having to turn student away simply due to the cost would be a disheartening end to someone’s college dream.
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