As high school students work through the college admissions process and then anxiously await those all-important admission letters, they – and their parents – are filled with hope, and also worry. It is the nature of the process.
Since 2003 The Princeton Review has conducted an annual survey investigating those hopes and dreams. This year, the survey was available from August 2014 to March 2015 and was completed by slightly more than 12,000 students and parents. 80% of the respondents were students and 20% were parents. The results of this survey provide a window into some of the dreams and application viewpoints of these students and parents. Many parents may find it reassuring that they are not alone in their feelings.
The admissions process and finances
73% of those responding reported “application stress;” This represents 17% more than those indicating stress in the first year of the survey in 2003. The greatest source of stress for most students was the testing – taking admissions exams. The second greatest source was the application process itself – completing admissions and financial aid applications.