January 15, 2010
College applicants are facing one of the toughest years ever to gain admission to the nation's public colleges and universities as schools grapple with deep budget cuts and record numbers of applications.
Colleges and universities that previously accepted all qualified students are becoming selective based on space availability. Most community colleges have open-access policies, but demand for classes is so intense that many students can't get the courses they need.
Applications to private colleges are holding steady, while public universities around the country are seeing record demand as cost-conscious families look for good value, according to Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
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