Colleges will see fewer applicants

The Associated PressMarch 16, 2014 

This year’s high school graduates have a slightly better chance of getting into Washington’s public colleges and universities, thanks to a fluke of demographics.

The class of 2014 is at the bottom of a population dip. That means they have less competition for college admission, The Seattle Times reported.

The number of high school seniors graduating in Washington — and around the nation — is at its lowest point in years.

The Western Interstate Commission for High Education, which tracks demographic trends, reports about 5,000 fewer students are expected to get a diploma in Washington than did in 2010.

This year, nearly 69 percent of in-state freshman applicants to the University of Washington will get an acceptance letter in the mail this month. In 2013 and 2012, between 63 percent and 65 percent of in-state applicants were admitted.

“The chances of getting in this year happens to be better than in recent years,” said UW spokesman Norm Arkans. But he underscored that getting into the UW still requires top grades, high college entrance-exam scores and a résumé of high school achievements.

About 7,100 in-state high school seniors will be admitted to the UW, and about 4,300 are projected to eventually enroll for fall quarter. That’s about 7 percent of the nearly 62,000 Washington high school seniors expected to earn a diploma at the end of this academic year.

The UW-Tacoma, UW-Bothell, Washington State University and a number of other state schools have rolling-admissions policies and are continuing to accept applications for fall.

The state’s public university with the largest increase in applicants was WSU, which has received about 27 percent more applicants than it did the same time last year.

WSU officials say they think it’s because the university has a larger and more experienced staff of recruiters. The school also dropped the requirement for students to write an essay to gain admission, and SAT and ACT scores are now optional.

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