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Colleges Report Open Spaces For Admissions This Fall

Colleges and universities still have unclaimed spaces for fall 1996 freshmen, a college-admissions group has reported.

Of the 561 respondents to an annual space-availability survey, 78 percent still had openings for freshmen as of the second week in May, the Alexandria, Va.-based National Association for College Admission Counseling reported. That proportion represents an increase over last year's 75 percent and 1994's 66 percent.

The survey is designed for secondary schools and college counselors to help students who are still seeking entry to college. More students will likely be making later decisions this year, due to delays in the processing of financial-aid packages, said Ron Koger, the president of the association.

Statistics on Children

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released its first comprehensive collection of national statistics on the health and welfare of the nation's children.

"Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children and Youth: 1996," which includes hundreds of charts and graphs, compiles recently published data on the health status, educational achievement, economic security, and social development of children and youths. (See chart, this page.)

The information is drawn from previously published statistics and studies. Copies of the report will be available from the U.S. Government Printing Office next month.

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