[size=3]Colleges turning away even top students[/size]
Rejection rates climb at many of nation’s elite universities
By Jay Mathews and Susan Kinzie
Updated: 8:30 a.m. ET April 7, 2006
It’s not all in your head. It is harder to get into college this year.
Selective schools in the region and the country are reporting more rejections than ever. There has been a bulge in the number of college-age students, which is expected to continue until the end of the decade. Add in an increased desire among their baby boomer parents to enroll their kids in elite schools – and the inflated number of applications from students trying to hedge their bets – and you have the ingredients for a season of frustrated hopes and unexpected disappointments.
At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a Fairfax County magnet school known for sending graduates to the best-known colleges, students are feeling the strain. One of the school’s highest-ranking students was rejected by Yale University despite having two close relatives who had attended that university. “We’re all still pretty stunned,” said Anita Kinney, the Jefferson student body president.