1995 vs. 2020: How College Admissions Has Changed Over the Past 25 Years

By Emily Brehe-Gunter

If one of your parents graduated from college, you have probably heard stories about “When I was in school…”

Advice from someone who has been through the process before can be insightful and valuable. But it is also important to consider how your college admissions experience may differ from what your parents’ experience was like in 1995 or before then.

The landscape of college admissions is constantly evolving, and events like the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting how colleges will examine applications in the near future. However, taking the time to thoroughly research each college’s unique differences can help you adequately prepare for the college of your dreams.

In this post, we go over 10 ways college admissions has changed over the last 25 years and provide insight for how students can strengthen their college applications. We will also share how COVID-19 has impacted college admissions for the college class of 2024 and beyond.

10 Ways College Admissions Has Changed

1. Lower Acceptance Rates at Competitive Colleges and Universities

More young adults than ever attend college today. Between 1970 and 2017, the undergraduate enrollment in United States colleges more than doubled. By October 2019, about 66 percent of American high school graduates enrolled in colleges or universities.

In fact, the competition for acceptance to elite colleges is fiercer than ever. Highly competitive colleges like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford have seen a dramatic increase in the number of applications received, resulting in an overall lower admittance rate.

For example, the acceptance rate for Harvard’s 1995 freshman class was 11.8 percent; for this year’s incoming freshmen, the acceptance rate was 4.92 percent.

While some top-ranked colleges and state flagship universities have become more competitive, the majority of colleges across the nation have seen an increase in admission rates over the past 18 years.

Overall, nearly 80 percent of ranked schools accept more than half of students who apply. That means that there is a place for nearly every student who wants to attend a four-year college or university.

2. Higher Cost in Tuition and Living Expenses

Since 1981, college prices have risen five times faster than family incomes. About 69 percent of students who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges in 2019 had student loan debt. On average, these students graduated with an average of $29,900 in debt.

Before college, you need to apply for financial aid and scholarships—and then continue applying each year of your education.

College Application Fees

Even the college application process is expensive! The average cost for a college application is $50, and some schools charge nearly $100 to apply. When applying to multiple colleges, those costs can add up quickly.

Of course, there are ways to eliminate expensive college application costs. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch services in high school can begin by asking about college application fee waivers.

Most colleges have information about fee waivers on their websites. Students can even get waivers for applying online, visiting colleges, or alumni relation.

3. Scholarships and Financial Aid

While the cost of college has increased drastically over the years, so has the percentage of students who earn scholarships. In 2015, 8.1 percent of undergraduate students used scholarships to help pay for college, up from 3.6 percent in 1995.

However, it is very rare for a student to earn a full-ride scholarship. In 2015, only about 1.5 percent of undergraduates received enough scholarships and aid to pay 100 percent of the cost of attendance. These statistics were pulled from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study.

Because of the cost of attending college remains high with a scholarship, we recommend that families apply for free financial aid. Financial aid from your university or the federal government sometimes comes with grants, a form of financial aid that you do not need to repay.

Colleges determine a family’s financial need using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Everyone should complete the official government financial aid application, but some students may also need to fill out the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. More than 300 colleges, professional schools, and scholarship programs require this profile to award institutional financial aid and scholarships.

For help applying for financial aid or finding waivers, read our post, “Decoding Your Financial Aid Package” or reach out to your high school counselor.

4. Standardized Testing Changes

Many parents remember taking either the SAT® or ACT® test, but maybe not both. Now, all colleges will accept either test.

We recommend taking both tests to let the results help highlight which test on which the student performs best. You will not know how well you could have done if you never try one of the tests.

Because college admissions is much more competitive than it used to be, it is often the student’s best interest to try both tests. Colleges and universities will accept the highest scores, and great scores on both tests can act as an added advantage to your application.

For more insight on which test to take, read “Differences Between the ACT and SAT Tests.”

SAT Test Changes

The SAT test changed drastically in 2016, so it is not the test that many parents remember. In fact, it now looks similar to the ACT test in many ways.

The SAT test has now made the essay portion optional and scores it as a separate component entirely. There is no longer a guessing penalty on the SAT test, meaning that students should try to answer every question.

Another major change is that the test is now scored differently. The new version of the test is graded on a scale of 400-1600 points, with 1600 being a perfect score on the test. There were also changes involving the number of questions, content in test sections, timing, and more.

ACT Test Changes

In September 2019, the ACT announced important changes: section retakes, superscoring, and an online testing option for students retaking the test.

The ACT test has a much faster pace than the SAT test and includes a separate science section which can be hard for some students. The ACT test also has an optional writing portion, which contains three different perspectives on an issue that the student is asked to evaluate and compare with his or her perspective.

When students receive their ACT test scores, in addition to the usual individual and composite scores, they also receive scores describing performance in categories such as STEM, career readiness, and English language arts.

You can receive a 36 Composite Score (sometimes considered the perfect score) without getting every single question right.

5. Application Changes

According to NACAC, 81 percent of freshman college applicants submitted three or more applications to colleges in 2017. This is up from 61 percent in 1995.

It is estimated that 36 percent of applicants submitted seven or more college applications. This percentage has tripled since 1995.

This drastic increase in college applications also affects how much time college admissions officers spend reviewing each application.

The expectation used to be that a college would review your application at least twice, but colleges no longer promise this. Some schools, like Stanford University, openly state that very few applications get reviewed more than once.

It is estimated that highly competitive colleges spend eight minutes or less reviewing each application.

As a result, it is more important than ever to create an application that stands out. Everything, from your test scores to the first sentence of your college essay, should be carefully crafted with this goal in mind.

For the best results, we recommend starting with creating a balanced college list of about 7-10 colleges. And remember that more college applications means more essays! We offer college essay editing and assistance for students who need help staying on track.

New Application Tools

It is easier than ever to apply to colleges, which is a major reason that students apply to more schools. Students have several options when it comes to college application platforms.

Common Application is one popular choice. When the Common App started in the 1970s, there were only 15 member colleges. Now, more than 800 universities use this application, and it has become a prominent part of the college admissions process.

The Common Application streamlines the application process by allowing students to apply to multiple schools at once.

Keep in mind that not every school accepts the Common App, and the list is always changing. Other application options include the Coalition Application and the Universal College Application.

Some schools even have their own school or university system-specific applications. For example, the University of California system has its own application, the only platform accepted by UC schools.

ApplyTexas.org serves as the common application for state schools and some private universities in Texas. Students can visit a college’s website to determine which applications the school accepts.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

There are several things you will need to know or have completed before you begin applying for college.

In addition to basic information, you will need:

  • Money for the college application fee
  • Your high school transcript (often sent to the college directly from your high school)
  • A list of extracurricular activity information
  • Recommendation letters (if required)
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores (can be sent by the testing organization directly to the college)
  • Completed college essays (if required).

See college and university websites, which detail specific requirements for recommendation letters and essays. If some of these items are optional, we encourage students to strive to submit all recommended materials.

Remember that the college application process is like a competition, so you want to put your best foot forward.

We offer the APPLY NOW! Boot Camp, a four-day event held during the summer in which our college counselors work with students to create two edited college essays, an edited resume, and two college applications (the Common App and ApplyTexas). These sessions give students a head start on the college application process and provide them with insight on what college admissions officials look for when reviewing applications.

6. More Opportunities to Qualify for Specialized Degree Programs

Dual majors, honors programs, semesters abroad, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and other specialized degree programs have increasingly grown in popularity over the last 25 years.

These specialized programs give advanced students a more robust undergraduate education. In some cases, students can even follow an accelerated path through grad school, in which they can obtain master’s or doctoral degrees over a shorter span of time.

These highly competitive college opportunities often involve higher barriers of entry than the general college admission requirements for the college.

If you strive to apply for a specialized program, visit the college’s website or give the admissions office a call to ask about the program’s specific requirements.

7. Your Digital Footprint

While the Internet was around in 1995, it was not nearly as obtrusive as it is today. The closest thing to Facebook that your parents had was the high school yearbook.

In case you did not already know, your social media accounts can sometimes factor into whether or not a college accepts you.

Inside Higher Ed estimates that about 36 percent of college admissions officers say that they look at social media profiles as part of the application review process.

You may consider this an invasion of privacy. But you do not want anything you post to portray you in a negative light and prevent you from getting into your dream college. Just be mindful about what you post and who you let see it.

8. Researching Colleges Is Easier Than Ever

While the presence of digital technology makes some aspects of the admissions process more challenging, it also brings many benefits.

Nowadays, it is very easy to research colleges online. Even if you cannot travel across the country to visit a college campus, you can take a virtual tour to get a feel for what attending college there would be like.

You can also read professor reviews online, explore the Instagram feeds of the college and current students, skim through the college newspaper online, and read blogs about what the student experience is like.

Many colleges also have lots of information on their website to fill you in on facts and figures, history, student traditions, and more.

9. Financial Value of College Majors

Another important factor to consider is how some college majors and the job market have changed over the years.

Job demand is constantly adapting to the market, and it’s important to do extensive research on the career path you plan to follow before choosing a major in college.

For example, computer engineering is a major that has exploded in popularity and demand over the last 25 years. Careers in the medical field also have a growing demand due to the growing population and increased life expectancy for Americans.

If you’re interested in learning about where your major falls, read this study by Georgetown University called “The Economic Value of College Majors.”

10. COVID-19’s Impact

It is no mystery that COVID-19 will continue to shape the world of college admissions over the next few years.

College Visits

Many schools have canceled, postponed, or limited college admissions visits due to increasing concerns about the virus.

As colleges start to welcome visitors again, they may require extra steps such as wearing masks and appointment-based visits. Virtual college visits and info sessions have grown in popularity and may even become the new normal.

We recommend that you visit the college’s website to find out whether they are currently allowing admissions visitors. Some schools, like Yale, have virtual tours and other events that you can sign up for to learn more about the college.

Test Optional

Many colleges are moving to “test optional,” meaning that you can submit an application without test scores this year.

Keep in mind that this does not mean that colleges have become “test blind.” Test scores will remain an important component of your college application, and colleges will likely still use them to help determine admission to competitive degree programs, honors colleges, and scholarship opportunities. We cannot emphasize this enough; you want to put your very best foot forward in order to stand out.

However, if you did not get a chance to take or retake the test during the spring or summer of 2020, do not let this prevent you from applying. Keep in mind that other aspects of your application (like your high school transcript, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation, or essays) may hold more weight in determining college admissions.

Will colleges be in session during the pandemic?

Colleges across the country have welcomed students back to campus. Many Texas colleges will have students return in the fall with a few changes to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The virtual classroom experience will likely become an aspect of the college experience over the next few years. This may change whether you plan to attend a college with high tuition and fees, especially if classes are online.

COVID-19 may have also raised your concerns about traveling far from home to attend college.

At this time, you should sit down with your parents to discuss how COVID-19 will impact your college experience.

If you have specific questions about how a university plans to adapt to this new environment, contact the college’s admissions office to get the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Need advice for applying to college?

We also offer a wide range of test prep and college counseling services to help you get into the college of your dreams. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to learn more about our programs.

Emily Brehe-Gunter is the digital marketing director at KD College Prep.

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“Both of my sons have been guided by KD College Prep counselor Steve Peifer on their journey to finding the right college for them, and we could not have had a better experience and outcome. My oldest son is now a... Read more...

Julio M. – Parent

“My daughter loved the program—the program materials and the teachers both online and in person. She participated in a year of online and a year of in person. It was incredible enrichment and helped her keep her skills sharp over the summer. She liked being challenged academically, and she loved taking classes with high school students who were focused on their college goals. These students were also excellent role models! The lessons were especially important during the pandemic when it wasn’t a typical middle school experience.”
“My daughter loved the program—the program materials and the teachers both online and in person. She participated in a year of online and a year of in person. It was incredible enrichment and helped her keep her skills sharp over the... Read more...

Beth L. – Advanced Start™ Parent

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“I wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers and directors at KD for helping me get a great score on the SAT® test. I started with a 1250 on the first KD test I took, and I got a 1530 on the December 5th SAT test. KD played a huge role in this, and I just wanted to say thanks to everyone there for helping me achieve this.”
“I wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers and directors at KD for helping me get a great score on the SAT® test. I started with a 1250 on the first KD test I took, and I got... Read more...

Vyom S. – Class of 2022

"Our twin 16-year-old boys used KD College Prep to study/practice for the PSAT test, and we believe the classes and coaching were invaluable. Very professional and concise. Worth every penny!"
"Our twin 16-year-old boys used KD College Prep to study/practice for the PSAT test, and we believe the classes and coaching were invaluable. Very professional and concise. Worth every penny!"

Jerry – Sons, Class of 2022

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“I'm writing to thank the KD team for all the help and guidance over the last couple of years! All the resources provided were very useful to me and helped me achieve the scores I was aiming for on the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® tests (1520, 1580, and 34). I really appreciate everyone's willingness to be flexible and accommodate my requests!”
“I'm writing to thank the KD team for all the help and guidance over the last couple of years! All the resources provided were very useful to me and helped me achieve the scores I was aiming for on the PSAT,... Read more...

Mithra A. – Class of 2022

"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test (third time) and a 35 on my ACT® test (first time). I remember the first ever practice test I took for the SAT test was a 1230 (about 1.5 yrs ago) and the first ever practice test I took for the ACT test was a 31 or 32 (about 6 months ago)."
"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test... Read more...

Elise P. – Class of 2022

“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents very informative and helpful during the process as well.  My son (Jacob) graduated in 2018 and got a 32 on the ACT test. got accepted into Texas A&M but chose Baylor for Health Sciences.  My daughter (Morgan) graduated in 2020 and got a 1450 on the SAT test and a 32 on the ACT test. got into an Ivy League school (Cornell) for Engineering.  Both my kids say that they apply the test taking skills they learned at KD Prep to... Read more...
“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents... Read more...

Jon D. – Parent

“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard and other schools, but I've really started to immerse into the Emory culture, especially their debate team. Not having to pay for college and still attend a private institution is really a dream come true, and it wouldn't be possible if it were not for you.”
“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard... Read more...

Shreyas R. – Class of 2020

“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a good school will help me find my path. Also, Steve's knowledge about what colleges were wanting to see in potential admissions candidates was a huge help... “There was not one specific beneficial moment or turning point in my time working with Steve, there were many. He encouraged me during the entire application process and brought to my attention many colleges I wouldn't have considered or heard about without his help.”
“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a... Read more...

Jake W. – Class of 2020

"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."
"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."

Zarni, Daughter – Class of 2021

"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."
"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."

Claire I. – Class of 2020

"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."
"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."

Gopi C. – Class of 2021

"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made sure that I would be successful in whichever college I picked, and I am eternally grateful for all their help and hard work!"
"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made... Read more...

Omar S. – Class of 2020

"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by far the most concerned about. I didn’t know how exactly I should go about choosing which places to apply to and if I were to be accepted, if they would fit me. The team did a wonderful job considering my likes and dislikes and helped me compile a list of colleges that suited my tastes and would further my academic career. "After this integral first step, my focus turned towards time management and writing quality essays that would stand out to colleges. I got... Read more...
"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by... Read more...

Nina H. – Class of 2020

"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."
"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."

Morgan D. – Class of 2020

"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."
"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."

Tiffany – Son, Class of 2021

"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students wanting an edge on their national test scores!"
"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students... Read more...

Daniel J. – Class of 2020

"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."
"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."

Sam H. – Class of 2020

"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the help from amazing teachers and staff. I am so grateful for KD!"
"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the... Read more...

Matt K. – Class of 2020

"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."
"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."

Thomas D. – Class of 2019

"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."
"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."

Piper F. – Class of 2020

"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."
"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."

Kathy – Son attends Mizzou

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“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure out a personal plan that would work for her and were always available for our questions and helping her reach her goals. Every employee from the managers to the students working at their locations are top notch.”
“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure... Read more...

Tracy – Daughter, Class of 2020

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

Prema – Daughter attends Rice

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