Reflections on the Class of 2014

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Educational consultants can be proud of their results. As a member of IECA, we have opportunities to attend conferences, visit colleges and keep up with all the news and trends in the college admissions world.  We are able to recommend the best possible list of colleges and spend hours of time with student on the application and essay process. Because of our extensive knowledge of colleges and the time we spend with our students, we can celebrate our outcomes and the success of each student. Here is a brief summary of our year with the class of 2014.

This year, our students embraced the application process with excitement, due diligence, and flexibility.  When the Common Application went live on August 1st, they navigated the bumps and quirks, brainstormed to maneuver the early-stage problems, and worked as a team to support one another.  Being proactive, almost 100% of our students applied somewhere Early Decision, Early Action or Priority, and we encouraged all to get their rolling admission applications in by the beginning of October.   All in all, over 50% of the applications submitted were Early Action or Early Decision.

We are proud of our students’ dedication, hard work and thrilled with their acceptances. Our students are matriculating to a wide variety of colleges across the country including Ivy League, music conservatoires, small liberal arts colleges, great research universities, Big 10 schools, and colleges with in-state tuition.  Many found themselves with full rides and merit scholarships.

With the knowledge and experience of our team, each year we recommend a variety of colleges across the country, many that clients had never heard of, and others that clients would not have considered without a comprehensive discussion of the school’s fit for their child.  We also strive to help families make private colleges affordable, and were thrilled at the merit scholarships, grants, and aid our students received.

After a long, fierce winter, we noticed an upswing in students choosing colleges in warmer climates, but also found that many decided to stay in the Midwest (though outside of Minnesota).  Our students have a much higher rate of applying to, and choosing, out of state schools.  They also exceed the national average in applying early with 91% attending a four-year out of state college, and only 9% staying in Minnesota. 80% of our students will be attending a private college.  Across the country, roughly 21% of students decide to attend out of state schools, and 34% choose private colleges and universities.  Our students want to experience the world and build upon their knowledge, and we are overjoyed to help them prepare for this new chapter.  100% of our students, (except for one gap year student), will attend college in the fall, a number that showcases the importance of finding great match schools.  Over 40% were accepted by their Reach colleges.  Out of all the applications submitted this year, 75% were accepted, 17% denied, 8% waitlisted or deferred. We understand that leaving high school can be bittersweet but our students cannot wait for freshman orientations come August!

Here are our 2014 statistics:

  • Students on average submitted 7 applications
  • 99% applied Early Action, Early Decision or Priority
  • 70% were accepted Early Decision
  • 50% of all applications were submitted by the early deadline
  • 91 % are attending out of state colleges, (National average 21%)
  • 80% are attending private colleges, (National average 34%)
  • 99% will be attending college in the fall
  • Of all the applications submitted, 75% accepted, 17% denied, 8% waitlisted or deferred
  • Students were accepted to over 40 % of Reach colleges
  • 75% of the students are attending their first choice college

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