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Noah Yosif, 17, gets help moving to his dorm room from his parents, Benjamin Yosif and Reshma Ahmed, a day before the official move-in day for students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. At top area colleges, applications for admission are actually up, despite economic stagnation at the national level. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Noah Yosif, 17, gets help moving to his dorm room from his parents, Benjamin Yosif and Reshma Ahmed, a day before the official move-in day for students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. At top area colleges, applications for admission are actually up, despite economic stagnation at the national level. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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