Incomplete college applications skew admissions data

The number of students filling out college applications has never been higher. However, according to new data, some universities' admissions factors have been misinterpreted by both students and regulatory bodies, meaning that some colleges' admission rates may be inaccurate, reports The Washington Post.

For example, the U.S. Naval Academy in Anapolis, Maryland, received more than 19,000 college applications this year. However, officials at the school admitted that only 5,720 of those applications were complete, and that the others were discarded without being considered by the college admissions board.

Selectivity can be good for a college's image, and the figures released by the U.S. Naval Academy indicate that its selectivity rate was 7.5 percent, one percentage point below the prestigious Princeton University in New Jersey.

"Other colleges don’t require push-ups," Commander William Marks, a spokesperson for the academy, told the news source. "We want it to be hard. We want you to be a dedicated person just to apply here."

Selectivity may be good for colleges, but it can be a negative part of the application process for students. According to an article in the Huffington Post, parent Lisa Belkin said that many universities' practices of attracting as many college applicants as possible in order to raise selectivity scores can be damaging to some students' morale.


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