Writing college application essays, submitting test scores and filling out pages of information can be stressful. Unfortunately, in some cases, seniors may not always be admitted to the degree programs they want.
However, this may not always be a bad thing. The Salt Lake Tribune recently published an article explaining why increasing numbers of colleges and universities are adopting enrollment standards as a matter of policy to ensure that potential candidates can successfully handle the work during the program.
"Instead of signing up anyone who walks in the door, without assessing their chances of success, [Utah Valley University] will require incoming freshmen 23 years old or younger to have at least a 19 composite score on the ACT and a 2.5 grade point average or better in high school," the article reads.
Such enrollment standards may help address the growing problem of unchanging graduation figures, despite increases in college applications. According to The New York Times, in a study of 29 students enrolled on four-year degree programs, only 13 of them graduated within eight years.
Although not being accepted to a top school may be disappointing, it's important that college applicants are realistic about their expectations, and that they are confident they can handle the level of commitment that college requires.