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Expect college wait lists to be obnoxiously long this year

Last updated March 11, 2021

By Tina Underwood

With COVID-19, the models admissions officers traditionally use to predict the number of students who will enroll at their universities are less reliable. Factors like whether international students will make it to campus, the status of in-person versus remote classes, the financial hit taken by families, and rates of COVID-19 infection and vaccination all play into students’ decisions, and by extension, the decisions of those in admissions offices everywhere. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reached out to Brad Pochard, associate vice president  for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid at Furman University. He said applications are up 36%, but that may not translate to higher yield. His bet is on admitting a greater number of students outright.

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