American colleges and universities are seeing a sharp decline in student applications over the last few years. Through the statistics that were gathered over the last ten years, these 50 higher learning institutions have seen an overall decrease in potential students. Ivy league universities are not immune to this phenomenon, some are on this list. Many news sources have interviewed members of the executive faculty in these institutions to see what they think about the decline. What it said to be the biggest contributor to the decrease in student applications has more to do with the fact that there are actually fewer students out there, as well as more institutions popping up every couple of years.
It is currently a student’s market when it comes to their options for college, and colleges know as much. While there are the Ivy-League universities that are still seeing more and more applications coming their way, as well as an increase in student body, they are not worried over the decline since they themselves decline more than 90% of those who send an application their way. However, the decrease in applications, which cost money, means a decline in funds that the institution gets from the thousands upon thousands of applications very year. That kind of funding does make a difference for the schools.
The major contributor to lack of applications has more to do with how selective the institution is than anything else. You will find a a pattern in this list, that most of the decreasing applications are happening to private liberal arts schools than many other types of schools. Students have to pay a much higher tuition to these schools, which could very well explain the decline in applications coming their way with the heightened awareness with the student loan crisis.
[post_page_title]Brown University | 5.4% decrease[/post_page_title]
Brown is one of the eight Ivy-League universities in the United States. That being said, the institute has seen a drop of 5.4% in application submissions over the last two years. One of the reasons for the decline in Brown’s application submissions could be linked to the tuition fees of over $52k.