First, while deposits are up for most schools at all program levels, and applications are up for most schools at the graduate level, this finding is tempered in the breakdown by detailed size of change. In the above chart, the pale blue bands indicate programs reporting 0 to +5% in applications or deposits, the most common response. On the other hand, for programs reporting decreases, moderate to large decreases (greater than 5%) were reported more often.
We analyzed survey results according to a range of institutional characteristics shared by NCES and the Carnegie Foundation, and few clear patterns emerged. Carnegie Classification, Locale (urban or rural setting), selectivity, total enrollment, percent of undergraduate students who are part time, net institutional tuition cost, and other factors that we considered do not correlate strongly with increasing or decreasing application or deposit numbers. We did, however, find patterns related to region and institutional funding.