According to the New York Times, some colleges are struggling to find enough freshmen for the 2013–2014 academic year. It chalks this up to the shrinking population of college-age students as well as the improving economy, which is no longer pushing adults to return to college like it has in recent years.
Colleges that are struggling tend to be mid-tier schools—i.e., those without the prestige or resources to make students do things like this to try to gain admission.
How are these schools trying to get new students?
According to the Times, some have simply re-opened admissions. Others have been re-contacting applicants to whom they’ve already sent acceptance letters. Still others have been contacting students who did not send an application to their institution but nonetheless have strong grades and test scores.
Even schools that haven’t been explicitly looking for more freshmen have been accepting late enrollments, reports the Times.
The good news for students is that they can probably obtain a great financial aid package by switching schools if their new school is desperate to fill spots in its freshman class.
However, once students have already made their decision, it’s not necessarily a good thing for them to find out that they have other options. (The Times reports that some applicants have been able to switch colleges in recent weeks by simply contacting the school that they wish they had originally chosen.) Research shows that, when individuals do not feel as if a decision they’ve made is final, they are significantly less likely to be happy with that decision.
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