Penn State’s Popularity Continues to Plummet as Applications Fall by 9 Percent

Penn State University received nine percent fewer applicants this year than they did in 2012, fielding about five thousand fewer applications than the 59,000 it considered last year. A survey of the New York Times’s college admissions datasets from the last three years suggests this runs counter to the prevailing trend, in which applications are increasing, and schools are becoming (necessarily) more selective. Penn, meanwhile, received .21 percent more applications in 2013 than it did in 2012. [AP]