WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Looking Beyond the Ivy League and NESCAC Schools LIZ SUNEBY writer college admissions data lends credence to the anxiety high school students and their parents feel as teens embark upon the college search and application process. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, freshman enrollment in degree-granting institu- tions increased 48 percent from 1995 to 2009 and is projected to grow 11 percent between 2009 and 2020. More students vying for a relatively static supply of freshman slots accounts for only part of the pressure. In addition to the increase in the number of applicants nationwide, the diversity of students looking to capture a spot in one of the popular schools along the eastern corridor of the United States ratchets up the competition among applicants from New England who want to stay local. This headline from an arti- cle in The Boston Globe in February 2012 captures this reality: "Colleges statewide see record applicants: Private and public schools have influx." Boston University received 43,979 applicants, up 5.3 percent over the prior year, and Boston College and M.I.T. both had the most applicants in each school's history, while in neighboring Rhode Island, Brown University had a whopping 29,000 plus applicants for 1,485 slots. Admissions officers posit that the spike is due to increasing interest from foreign students and to the increasing number of schools to which individual American students apply. The Director of College Counseling at The Rivers School in Weston explains the implication for local kids: "Colleges want what they don't have enough of, and colleges in New England have a lot of applicants from New England." Fortunately, there are many schools where students can get an excel- lent education beyond the revered Ivy League—Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and 53 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine WILLIAM OWEN

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