Education: Simplifying the college application process

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Applying to college can be challenging, to say the least. Many students begin to apply before entering their senior year, and while expectations are often high, having an educational path set to lead a student to the determination of their future career is a tall order all on its own. With college enrollment at an all-time high through the teens of the 2000s at record highs, applying is more important now than ever.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to the United States, 69.2 percent of high school graduates will immediately enroll in college. According to the NCES, between 49,839,400- 51,165,200 students are enrolled in public schools in the U.S., with a massive number of them moving onto further education. Massachusetts accounts for just under one million of those students, and according to the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, 25,479 of those students were enrolled in Worcester Public Schools in 2016. Many of those students will be staring down the college application process.

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