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Old 10-06-2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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Class of 2009 to Be Largest Graduating High School Class in American History

The graduation rate (and, thus, college application rate) is to peak with this year's high school graduating class, before falling again. It is to be the largest in the history of the United States.

Students ante up for a pivotal quest | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/06/2008

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Besides the usual crushing stress and difficult decisions, competition this year for the best colleges will likely be tougher than ever.

More seniors are expected to graduate than in the official peak year, 1977. Nearly half the 3.3 million are aiming for four-year colleges.

Also, students are applying to more colleges than ever before. In 1990, just 9 percent of students applied to seven or more schools. In 2006, 18 percent did.

And paying for college may prove especially onerous as families are rocked by the nation's financial turmoil, threatening their jobs, their savings, and their ability to land loans.

The cost of a four-year college education, including tuition, room and board, and fees, ranges from around $55,000 at West Chester University (assuming costs don't rise) to $185,000 at the University of Pennsylvania.


Even before those bills, while students are still in high school, some families spend thousands on consultants, tutors and SAT courses.

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Colleges are purchasing more names of prospective students from organizations such as the College Board. The board sold 81 million names this year, up from 64.6 million in 2001.

The schools are stepping up their recruitment to prepare for a drop in student population over the next decade, as the number of echo baby boomers, whose births peaked around 1990, falls off.

And they are constantly seeking to boost the quality and diversity of their freshman classes and become increasingly selective, a plus in college ranking systems.


Penn, for example, last spring admitted fewer than one in five applicants, down from nearly one in three a decade ago.

The College Board charges colleges 32 cents per name for information that can be diced by geography, test scores, class rank, career interests and other measures. About 75 percent of SAT test takers agree to allow the board to share their names, said Mike Matthews, director of its Student Search Service.

"We have heard increasingly over time that institutions that used to have a strictly regional focus are adopting much broader recruiting areas," said David Hawkins, director of public policy and research at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization of admissions professionals.

Locally, some colleges said they had boosted their mailings and e-mails. The University of Delaware mailed to more than 240,000 students this year, up 50 percent from five years ago.
This is my high school graduation class. And this worries me more than anything in my life right now.

My reason for posting this is just to hear what people think should be done, hear what people think can be done, etc. I'm legitimately interested in hearing how this could turn out, because this is an issue that directly effects myself and the other people in the class of 2009.

You can feel free to ask me questions about the situation as it relates to me personally, too, since I'm one of the few high schoolers to post in FYM.
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i just can't believe you were born in the 1990s.
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I suppose I should keep an eye on this thread as well, as I will be part of the graduating class of 2009 myself. One thing I'm not entirely sure of is whether or not I'll be one of the 1.65 million to apply for a 4-year college, especially not right off the bat. Times are hard.
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Well, as it seems to be the American way to go through education directly without taking a break, you will probably end up applying with lots and lots of people. High competition generally means applications will first get sorted out by the simplest criteria: Application in bad condition or any mistakes, out. GPA or ACT score not above whatever numerus clausus they decided on, out. Graduating from a high school with not a great reputation, out.
After that, there is the fine tuning. So it would be best to graduate with excellent grades and put much effort into making an outstanding application, but appropriate to the college and the field you want to go into.
If you could afford and were willing to, you could of course do something that will give an additional boost to your CV, like volunteering, spending time abroad or trying to get a really nice, non-typical-part-time-student-job internship.
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If you could afford and were willing to, you could of course do something that will give an additional boost to your CV, like volunteering, spending time abroad or trying to get a really nice, non-typical-part-time-student-job internship.
I taught English in China (not after high school, after university, mind you). But I met many 18-19-year-olds while there who decided to work and travel right after high school. So if this interests you, not just China but elsewhere in Asia, don't hesitate to ask me.
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After having been in school for thirteen years (Germany now dropped one year when you aim for the highest degree possible, so now it's only twelve years) it was a great idea to take a break from education and doing something else for a year. So I did some work and travel in Australia, after having worked for a couple of months between graduation and the trip. That, of course, also helped my language skills a bit.
It gives you another perspective and I think you can see a difference in the people that have done something else, like work and travel, and those who went to college right after.
Now being in dorms with some 18, 19 year old freshmen here in the US, I would say for some of those "kids" it would be a great experience, and a great boost in their development, if they went out for a while and experienced some of the challenges of life. They are no adults at all.
Unfortunately, those who do something outside their education career before entering into college tend to be the more matured.
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We had a situation in Ontario in '03 called the Double Cohort. That year and prior, our high schools went up to grade 13, with a grade 13 graduation diploma being the requirement for those wishing to attend university. People entering the work force or attending community colleges could graduate after grade 12. Now, all Ontario high school students graduate after grade 12, there is no grade 13 anymore (although they can opt to spend an extra semester or year in high school, if they choose). That resulted in potentially double the number of students entering university that year. Most universities in Canada, through government and private sector financing, were able to add more enrollment spaces. Some programs increased their admission standards, but many remained the same. There was a real housing crunch for university students that year. Some schools added student housing, some made single rooms into doubles, many encouraged students to live off campus and set up incentive programs to encourage them to do so. I remember hearing about one school in particular that offered first year students who lived off campus a free laptop.

I know this offers nothing in the way of advice or encouragement, it just sort of shows a similar situation. What I'd try to keep in mind if I were you is that a situation like the one you're facing is far more likely to affect those who would have been on the borderline of acceptance, anyway. Although it must seem stressful and overwhelming, I honestly can't see you having anything to worry about.
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i just can't believe you were born in the 1990s.


I seem to remember an article that runs every year highlighting all the stuff the graduating class is not familiar with. I remember being really angry about the list when I graduated, but I bet I'd be agreeing with it now.
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The graduation rate (and, thus, college application rate) is to peak with this year's high school graduating class, before falling again. It is to be the largest in the history of the United States.

Maybe you can stay back a year and graduate in 2010.
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What about us college kids graduating in 09...


Ahhhhhhhh the real world is coming!
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Ahhhhhhhh the real world is coming!
Yeah, uh ...... good luck with that.
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^^

Tell me about it. I'm currently uninsured while I'm working two part time jobs. I'm supposed to get a full time job but I don't know how well that search is going to go once I graduate in December. I should have hurried along like my other friends and graduated in the Spring of '07.

Then again I might have been laid off...
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honestly indy.. with the sig. that would be like if there was the internet back in the 50's someone having a "protect our schools - vote no to negros" sig.
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