The New York Times reports:

Lehigh University has never been as sought after as Stanford, Yale or Harvard. But this year, awash in applications, it churned out rejection letters and may break more hearts when it comes to its waiting list.

Call them second-tier colleges (a phrase some administrators despise) or call them the new Ivies (this, they can live with). Twenty-five to 40 universities like Lehigh, traditionally perceived as being a notch below the most elite, have seen their cachet climb because of the astonishing competitive crush at the top.

Not an article that I want to see Williams mentioned in! But wait:

John Dunham, a senior at the private Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J., had trained his sights on Bucknell University and Lafayette College. He was rejected by Bucknell and put on the waiting list at Lafayette. His college counselor pushed him toward Kenyon College in Ohio, or as the counselor put it “the Williams of the Midwest.”

That, I can live with. Much better than having Kenyon called “the Amherst of the Midwest.”

The article is vaguely interesting but does not emphasize enough that a big cause of the increase in applications is that students are applying to more and more schools. (Background here.) Although the average SAT has risen, I do not think that it has risen that much. Is the gap between Princeton/Williams and, say, Bucknell any less now than it was 10 years ago?

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