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Chicago Tribune Story on Admission Quotes DePauw VP

April 8, 2003

April 8, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - "In the increasingly competitive college admissions world, student anxiety and parental fear have been a growing concern," writes Meg McSherry Breslin in the Chicago Tribune in an article that quotes DePauw University's vice president of admission and financial aid. Breslin writes, "The quest to get into the 'right' college... has taken on far too much importance -- especially for many parents. Undue apprehension over admissions is being driven, experts say, by a number of factors. Applications to the best schools -- public and private -- are on the rise, so the schools can be even more selective. Also, many Baby Boomer parents, counselors say, see the college decision as critical to their kids' future success. And, if they are going to invest tens of thousands of dollars on their education, they want their child to get into the right school."

Later, Breslin writes, "To help set realistic goals, many high-school counselors meet with parents of juniors about which schools might be good fits for the students. Despite these efforts, college officials see things only getting worse. 'It's the Baby Boom generation's kids who are going to college,' said Madeleine Eagon, an admissions official at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In many ways, parents use the college application process to validate themselves. 'If the doors don't open, they'll call, they'll say hurtful things, they'll rally people from our institutions.'”

You can read the story in its entirety at the Tribune's Web site by clicking here (a free registration is required).

DePauw University is experiencing its fifth consecutive record-breaking year for applications. Read more about admission by clicking here.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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