CHARLOTTE, N.C. - George Alyateem is a senior at East Mecklenburg High, a fine student with a 4.5 grade point average in the school's rigorous International Baccalaureate program and a receiver on the football team.
Yet he can't quickly rattle off all the colleges where he's applied for admission.
There are too many - nine.
"The competition is rising," said Alyateem, who wants to be an orthopedic surgeon. "Applying to more colleges gives me a better chance to go to the school I want."