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Has it Become Easier to Get Into College?

By Catherine Gewertz — November 09, 2009 1 min read
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There’s been a bit of buzz going around recently about a new paper by Stanford economics professor Caroline Hoxby. It argues that while a handful of the choosiest colleges have gotten choosier in the last 50 years, most colleges have actually gotten easier to get into. The point here, according to Mike Kirst over at the College Puzzle blog, is that “all the hype on admissions selectivity applies to a handful of colleges—about 5 to 10 % of the total postsecondary students.”

Inside Higher Ed wrote about the study, as did the Washington Post‘s Jay Mathews. Atlantic Wire offers links to a few other perspectives here.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the High School Connections blog.