April 19, 2024

Florida's Colleges

The Admissions Squeeze

Students are finding it harder to get into the state's schools - and a crisis looms as the competition intensifies over the next five years.

Mike Vogel | 9/1/2006
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Falling Acceptance Rates

With most of the state's large institutions aiming to keep their freshman class size on par with recent years or only modestly up, acceptance rates are falling. To be sure, Florida as a whole tracks the nation with nearly seven of every 10 applicants winning acceptance to a four-year college or university. But the acceptance rate at some institutions is markedly lower, and the overall trend at most institutions is toward being more selective. At the University of West Florida, the acceptance rate fell to 68% in 2005 from 83% five years ago. The GPA of incoming freshmen rose over the same period from 3.04 to 3.45.

» The chances of moving from a college wait list to admission are one in five, says the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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