Kristina Dell tracks college admissions trends:

“We already know this will be the hardest year in history for college seniors,” says [Michele Hernandez, president of Hernandez College Consulting]. She cites more kids applying, while most schools aren’t increasing their class size. It’s an unforgiving formula. “A few years ago, kids were applying to four or five schools,” says Greg Roberts, dean of admission at the University of Virginia. “But now it’s not uncommon to apply to 10 or 12 or in the extreme even 20 or 30.”