Jennifer A., professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Education. Delaney said the direct admission offer serves as an “attraction” for students to consider college, but paying the bills may remain a challenge. She was one of the authors of both studies when she was a professor of higher education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “If you can’t pay for it, that’s a problem,” she said.
Some colleges and students are still excited.
George Mason University, a large public university in Virginia, offers direct admission through the Common App and through partnerships with local high schools. The university first offered direct admission through the Common App in 2022, when 28 students enrolled. The following year, only six enrolled. This may be because more colleges are now participating in direct admissions, so it has become more competitive, said David Burge, the university’s vice president for enrollment management. Still, “It’s going great,” he said, “from our perspective, but for the Common App Direct Admissions program these students would not be at Mason.”
James Stein, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Houston Christian University, a private Baptist college with about 4,200 students, including about 2,400 traditional undergraduates, said more than 6 percent of enrollment in the first-year class for the fall of 2023 were from Niche Direct. entry channel. “Direct entry is a perfect fit for HCU,” he said.
The university began offering direct admission through Niche in 2022 (for applications for the current academic year), offering scholarships based on several GPA “tiers”. (It also began participating in direct admissions through the Common App in November.)
Steven Navarrete, 18, of Manvel, Texas, received an email from Niche when he was a high school senior, telling him he had been accepted by Houston Christian. He was initially skeptical, he said, but he visited the school, located about 30 minutes away from his hometown, and decided to enroll after receiving substantial financial aid. He is now in his second semester, majoring in computer science. “The process is less headache-inducing,” he said of direct entry.