The U.S. job market is becoming increasingly competitive, and a college degree may be more necessary today than ever before. Rising educational attainment among American adults partially reflects the changing demands of the workplace. The share of the U.S. adult population with at least a four-year college degree climbed from 27.5% to 31.3% over the last 10 years.
As more Americans are seeking higher education, some colleges and universities are reporting tremendous spikes in the number of undergraduate applicants. Dozens of four-year schools across the country are reporting that applications have more than doubled in the last decade.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed 10-year changes in the number of applications in over 1,500 postsecondary schools to identify the 100 colleges where applications rose the most. Applications at the vast majority of schools on this list increased by over 150% from 2006 to 2016.