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# On the basis of a decrease in the college-age population,

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On the basis of a decrease in the college-age population, many colleges now anticipate increasingly smaller freshman classes each year. Surprised by a 40 percent increase in qualified applicants over the previous year, however, administrators at Nice College now plan to hire more faculty for courses taken by all freshmen.

Which of the following statements about Nice College’s current qualified applicants, if true, would strongly suggest that the administrators’ plan is flawed?

(A) A substantially higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from college.
(B) According to their applications, their level of participation in extracurricular activities and varsity sports is unusually high.
(C) According to their applications, none of them lives in a foreign country.
(D) A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice College as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying.
(E) A substantially lower percentage than usual list mathematics as their intended major.
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10 Mar 2011, 23:21
The question asks for what can be the reason that the extra teachers Nice is planning to hire would not be required:

(A) A substantially higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from college. : Even then these people would require teachers in graduation. so Nice will still need to hire teachers. incorrect.
(B) According to their applications, their level of participation in extracurricular activities and varsity sports is unusually high.Doesnt imply that the students will not require the teachers. Incorrect.
(C) According to their applications, none of them lives in a foreign country. Irrelevant.
(D) A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice College as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying. Correct option- Since it clearly differentiates between Applicants and finally enrolled students, who are the ones requiring teachers, not the applicants themselves. If most applicants dont have Nice as their first option- there is no reacon for Nice to think that the number of enrolled students would be correspondingly high as number of applicants, and hence its plan to hire new teachers is flawed.
(E) A substantially lower percentage than usual list mathematics as their intended major. Irrelevant, that the teachers hired are for Mathematics is nowhere mentioned. Incorrect.
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