Direct admissions boosts applications, but not enrollment

From Inside Higher Ed: “Large-scale study finds that guaranteeing free, simplified admission increases college applications from minoritized, low-income and first-gen students, but cost still deters them from enrolling. … The results showed that students who received direct admission offers were nearly twice as likely as those who didn’t to apply to the institution that made the offer and 2.7 percentage points more likely to apply to any college or university. … But those applications did not translate into higher rates of enrollment. … Direct admission ‘is still not sufficient to yield positive impacts on college enrollment,’ the study said. ‘Affordability constraints represent a growing barrier to college access, and direct admissions is not a replacement for financial aid.’”

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