Top Ten Dream Schools
Applications are stressssssss-ful.
73% of respondents gauged their stress levels as
Very high — a 17% increase over the 56% who reported such stress levels in the survey's initial year, 2003. Students reported higher stress levels than parents.
Current ACT or SAT more preferred than forthcoming new SAT
Asked which college admission test they'd prefer to take (or see their child take) if each of these were current options: the ACT, SAT, or new SAT (which won't debut until spring 2016), 39% said the ACT, 37% said the SAT, and 24% said the new SAT.
Biggest worry? Debt.
39% (the plurality) said their biggest concern was
Level of debt to pay for the degree. For 35% their biggest worry was
Will get into first-choice college, but won’t have sufficient funds/aid to attend. Given the $28,400 average debt of 2013 college grads, these concerns are understandable. In 2009, the answer most selected was
Won't get in to first-choice college.
Average cost for a degree.
87% estimated their degree to cost
More than $50,000. Within that cohort, 42% said
More than $100,000. Parents' estimates were higher than students'.
Main benefit of college? Jobs.
51% said the biggest benefit of a degree was a
Potentially better job / income while 24% said the
Education and 25% said
Exposure to new ideas.