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The Hoya reports on the latest admissions numbers at Georgetown. The school accepted only 16.5 percent of its applicants to the class of 2016:

According to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Charles Deacon, this change is good news for the university.

“The new low acceptance rate indicates that Georgetown continues to be more popular for applicants,” Deacon said. “Sixteen percent … is extremely selective. We see no value in trying to drive that down into single digits, though we could. If we did, it would leave us in a much less personal place and candidates would face an even more numbers-driven admissions process, with decreasing attention to the personal stories of each applicant.”

According to Deacon, many colleges strive for ever-lower acceptance rates in an effort to be perceived as more selective.

“[The] size of the applicant pool and admit rate … [can be] manipulated by certain policies [that] many colleges employ to try to gain the advantage of perception,” he said. “We haven’t artificially inflated the numbers by … accepting the Common Application, the primary driver of multiple and frivolous applications.”

Indeed, decreasing acceptance rates are being driven by more kids applying to more colleges than ever.

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