The newly unpredictable calculus of who gets into college

Years of experience have given colleges and universities the confidence to know how many students to accept and how many of them will enroll. The result has been fairly consistent numbers of freshmen showing up each fall.

That’s changing dramatically.

The Hechinger Report’s higher education editor, Jon Marcus, speaks in this installment of NPR’s Indicator podcast about how, on top of a decline in enrollment, admissions offices now must contend with changes in behavior that have made their calculations much more difficult.

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