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Reflections on the Class of 2018

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The Class of 2018 embraced the application process with excitement, diligence, and flexibility. When the Common Application went live on August 1st, our students worked hard, supported each other and wrote some of the best essays we have ever seen! Being proactive, nearly 100% of our students applied either early decision, early action, priority, or rolling decision, and that speaks volumes of the hard work and focus this class has.

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 will attend a four year college in the fall because of our philosophy of finding the the right fit. We’re proud to unveil the Class of 2018 College Expert statistics:

  • 95% of our students applied to some colleges before November 1st and heard back from colleges before winter break
  • 1/3 of our students applied Early Decision/Restricted Early Action
  • 50% of our students who applied Early Decision/Restricted Early Action to highly selective colleges were accepted
  • 88% of our students will attend out-of-state colleges (nationally approximately 11% venture further than 500 miles from their hometown)
  • 97% of students will attend their first choice or a high interest college
  • 25% of our students were accepted to highly selective colleges that accept less than 10% nationwide

Our Class of 2018 students will matriculate to colleges across the country in 29 different states! This includes Ivy League, engineering schools, music conservatories, small liberal arts colleges, research universities, Big Ten schools, and colleges with in-state tuition. We strived to help families find ways to afford college tuition, and we were overjoyed with the resulting merit scholarships, grants, and aid.

We also experienced notable firsts. One of our students was accepted into the highly competitive University of Minnesota BA/MD Scholars Program and another student received the prestigious Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program at University of Notre Dame. Other firsts are Ithaca College, Seattle University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Rice University, and Harvey Mudd College. These are just some examples of the variety of the right fit colleges for a diverse and amazing class.

Our 2018 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.

Here is the list of colleges our students will be attending:

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  • American University
  • Baylor University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Bethel University- MN
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Butler University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Clemson University
  • Colgate University
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Cornell University
  • Creighton University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drake University
  • Duke University
  • Eckerd College
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grinnell College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Hope College
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  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Iowa State University
  • Ithaca College
  • Lawrence University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Luther College
  • Lynn University
  • Macalester College
  • Marist College
  • Miami University, Oxford
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Occidental College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Saint John’s University (MN)
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Seattle University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Texas Christian University
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  • The College of Wooster
  • The George Washington University
  • The University of Iowa
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • University of Northwestern
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Villanova University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wheaton College IL
  • Williams College
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