Schools scramble as applicant pool shrinks

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Here’s some good news for all those high school seniors waiting by the mailbox (or computer) for college acceptance letters: This should be one of the easiest seasons in years to get into college. In theory, at least.

Thanks to a dip in teenage population numbers, the number of high school seniors fell this year and will continue falling nationwide for the next few years, according to projections. That means U.S. colleges have a smaller pool of applications to choose from as they select students for the 2014-2015 school year.

Experts say the change won’t mean it will be noticeably easier to get into Harvard, Princeton or other elite universities. But admission standards may lower at some smaller or less selective colleges trying to fill their freshman classes.

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