Opinion: The cynical reason college applications are surging

To give themselves more breathing room, colleges have tried instead to spread out the process with multiple submission deadlines over several months.

While some colleges like the University of Virginia published their deferral numbers right after decisions went out (it pushed 21 percent, or 7,707 early applicants, to regular), most don’t, leaving applicants in the dark about what a deferral really means. The University of Wisconsin initially told me how many students it deferred, then asked that I not publish the number, but relented when I suggested they weren’t being transparent with applicants.

Why the secrecy?

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