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Colleges are the ones fearing rejection letters in the new transformed economic landscape

April 2, 2009

Decision letters being sent out this week reflect the worries of college and university administrators, who fear admitted applicants may hesitate to commit in this climate of economic uncertainty.

Private colleges especially are preparing for lower than normal matriculation rates by accepting more applicants, expanding wait lists and bolstering efforts to woo admitted students, says the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Four-year colleges "are attempting to hedge their bets as best they can, (in case) students simply downshift and opt for a less expensive option," says Barmak Nassirian of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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