Why has it become SO much harder to get into college now than when I was going through this process in the 80's, and does anyone else share my frustration?
My D has done most everything she can possibly do in high school to secure a CHANCE at a few of the top schools and have choices to numerous others. She has the perfect GPA at a rigorous prep school, 11 APs (all 5s), 2250 SAT, tons of awards, ECs, leadership positions, summer research and internships, etc., etc. I feel confident she would have been able to essentially almost have her pick 20 years ago, but now, I'm not so sure. What has happened to the college admission process over the past two decades? With the economy and $50,000 price tags, at the very least, one would assume applicantions to some pricey private schools would have diminished causing less competition, but that seemingly doesn't appear true. Is anyone else amazed and bewildered at the number of applications, qualified applicants, and individuals who can afford the fee or willing to incur debt?