I thought this article in the Chicago Tribune was really interesting - it has excerpts from various college rejection letters this year.
Here is an example:
New York University, N.Y.C.: "This year we received over 37,000 applications for a freshman class of 4,250, making it one of the most competitive years in the history of the University. With almost nine applicants for every space in the class, we simply are not able to offer admission to every student."
This one broke the news more gently:
University of Southern California at Los Angeles: "I am sorry to say that we are unable to offer you a space in this year's entering class."You should be proud of your accomplishments, and we encourage you to press on in your pursuit of higher education. Our decision is by no means a statement about your ability to succeed in college, nor is it any kind of judgment of you as a person. ... It may or may not comfort you to know that this has been an extraordinarily difficult year for our staff. None of us enjoys turning away capable students.
..."We had to turn away about 80 percent of students who wanted to enroll here. Of those offered admission, most achieved nearly straight-A averages and SAT scores at or above the 95th percentile."Your application was carefully, respectfully, and thoughtfully reviewed multiple times."
Out of control!!