Reflections on the Class of 2016

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The Class of 2016 embraced the application process with excitement, diligence, and flexibility. When the Common Application went live on August 1st, our students navigated the bumps and quirks and worked as a team to support one another. Being proactive, nearly 100% of students applied early decision, early action, priority, or rolling. In fact, we encouraged all students to submit their rolling admission applications by early October.

Drawing on vast knowledge and experience, the College Expert team recommended an eclectic mix of colleges, many of which were unfamiliar to our clients or which our clients would not have considered without a comprehensive discussion. One-hundred percent of our students (except for one gap-year student) will attend college in the fall, a number which showcases the importance of finding best fit. We’re proud to unveil the Class of 2016 statistics:

  • On average, each student submitted 9 applications;
  • 99% of students applied early action, early decision, priority, or rolling;
  • 70% of students who applied early decision were accepted;
  • 94% of students will attend out-of-state colleges (national average – 21%);
  • 80% of students will attend private colleges (national average – 34%);
  • Of submitted applications, 75% were accepted, 17% denied, and 8% waitlisted or deferred;
  • Students were accepted to over 60% of “reach” colleges; and
  • 95% of students will attend a high interest or first choice colleges;

Our Class of 2016 students will matriculate to colleges across the country, including Ivy League, music conservatories, art schools, small liberal arts colleges, great research universities, Big Ten schools, and colleges with in-state tuition. We strived to help families find ways to afford private college tuition, and we were overjoyed with the resulting merit scholarships, grants, and aid.

We also experienced notable firsts, with students headed to Hawaii, the University of Rhode Island for its unique Ocean Engineering program and the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and a student who was awarded the prestigious ROTC scholarship. Stanford accepted five College Expert students, which was outstanding, considering the overall denial rate for Stanford was 96 percent.

Our 2016 statistics reflect a stellar group of students who want to experience the world and build upon their knowledge. We were honored to prepare them for the next chapter in their lives. We thank you for making this year extraordinary and meaningful. We wish our seniors all the best with the journey ahead and hope to keep in touch.

Best Wishes

Sue Luse, Ryan Luse & The College Expert Team

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