The competitive admissions landscape and tough economic climate created many difficult decisions for last year’s applicants.
According to UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, just 58 percent of freshmen began at their first-choice college last fall—a record low.
While especially poor admit rates were a factor, economic concerns also played a role: 18 percent of students accepted by their first-choice school enrolled elsewhere; most cited inadequate financial aid as a reason.
UCLA annually surveys freshmen to discover the social, economic, and psychological characteristics of each year’s class. Its most recent survey included over 200,000 students at 207 college and universities.
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