What’s on the minds of college applicants and their parents?
As part of our annual "College Hopes & Worries Survey," we recently asked nearly 10,000 students and 4,000 parents what they thought of the college admissions scene. The results are available today on PrincetonReview.com; click here to check them out!
A couple of highlights . . .
- This year, Stanford was the school most named by students and parents as their “dream college”—i.e., the school they most wish they (or their child) could attend if cost and acceptance were not issues.
- Money is now the biggest driver of college-related worries. Students and parents identified student-loan debt as the most worrying part of the college landscape. (From 2010 to 2012, the most common concern was getting into one’s first-choice college but being unable to pay for it. Before that, the biggest worry—not getting into one’s first choice school—was unrelated to finances.)
What else did we learn? The application process continues to be stressful: 69 percent of respondents gauged their stress levels as "High" or "Very High.” And being able to land a better job is still seen as the main benefit of a college education.
To see additional results from this survey, including the top 10 “dream colleges” for applicants and parents, click here.