The final college choices of the class represents another banner year for Episcopal graduates, the culmination of careful research and consideration before finding the schools that best matched their individual interests and ambitions, according to Tara Maglio, director of college counseling at EHS.
“While we’re proud of the students whose college choices are particularly noteworthy, we’re every bit as pleased with the paths chosen by all of our graduates,” Maglio said. “Our job isn’t simply to focus on the most selective colleges. It’s to ensure all our students find the best schools that are the best fit for who they are, what they want from their undergraduate experience, and where they want their ambitions to take them.”
Eighty-five graduates — an impressive 72 percent of the class — will attend colleges and universities defined by “Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges” as Top Tier/Most Competitive, a list of roughly 80 of the most selective schools in the country. All of the schools in this category accept fewer than a third of applicants and are also measured and evaluated across other variables of selectivity, according to Maglio.
Among the graduates were a recipient of the Questbridge College Match Scholarship
, and four finalists for the Jefferson (UVA), Morehead-Cain (UNC), and Johnson (Washington & Lee) scholarships. Two other students were offered admission to UVA as Echols Scholars for the arts and sciences, and another was offered admission as a Rodman Scholar in the UVA engineering program.
Among the many highlights and noteworthy takeaways:
- Twenty-five graduates will extend their athletic careers into college at all levels, including eight to Division I programs;
- Almost three-quarters (73%) of the class will attend private colleges in the fall, with the remaining 29 students attending public colleges;
- Twelve will attend Ivy League schools;
- Of the 25 states to which students will matriculate, the Lone Star State of Texas will welcome more Episcopal graduates than any other, with California, New York, North Carolina and Virginia as the others atop the list.
Just over half (61) of the class applied Early Decision to their first choice college, with half of those applicants being admitted. This rate of early acceptance was especially noteworthy in an environment where Ivy League and other highly competitive schools saw double-digit percentage increases in their ED applicants.
The average senior submitted 6.9 applications, below the national average. Maglio attributed this to the students' and counselors' hard work and care throughout the college process; as a result, seniors were able to make mindful and informed college decisions.
Another trend she noted was the continuing increase in the number of colleges and universities concerned with gaining a more holistic view of applicants
beyond test scores, a trend that is likely to continue in the coming years. At the same time, Episcopal is one of a group of independent schools in the Mastery Transcript Consortium
, discussing and exploring ways to move the evaluation of learning and mastery beyond number and letter grades.
“We see this trend towards a more holistic evaluation of students, on the high school level and in college admissions offices, as a trend that will benefit most if not all of our students,” she said.
FULL LIST OF CLASS OF 2018 COLLEGE DECISIONS
Below is the complete list of schools at which the Class of 2018 will matriculate. Colleges welcoming more than one Episcopal student in the fall of 2018 are in bold:
Christopher Newport University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indiana University at Bloomington
Miami University, Oxford
Sacred Heart University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Methodist University
Texas Christian University
The Catholic University of America
The George Washington University
The New School / Eugene Lang
University of Alabama
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of St Andrews
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University