Reflections on the Class of 2019

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We couldn’t be more proud of the Class of 2019. Since our first Research Jam Sessions with this class, we noticed exceptional diligence, enthusiasm and flexibility in this group of students. Our sessions were always filled to capacity, and when the Common Application went live August 1, they worked hard, were open to suggestions, supported each other and wrote some of the best essays we have ever seen! Nearly 100% decided to apply either early decision, early action, priority, or rolling decision, and that speaks volumes about their focus and discipline.

Drawing on our vast knowledge and experience, we recommended an eclectic mix of colleges, many of which were unfamiliar to our clients. In fact, it’s possible some clients never would have considered the colleges they chose without comprehensive and thoughtful discussions about finding the right fit – our guiding philosophy. As a result, 100% of our students will attend a four-year college in the fall. We’re proud to unveil these Class of 2019 College Expert statistics:

  • 96% of our students applied to some colleges before November 1 and heard backfrom colleges before winter break
  • 1/4 of our students applied Early Decision/Restricted Early Action
  • 60% of our students who applied Early Decision/Restricted Early Action to highly selective colleges were accepted
  • 82% of our students will attend out-of-state colleges (nationally approximately 11% venture further than 500 miles from their hometown)
  • 95% of our students will attend their first choice or a high interest college

Our Class of 2019 students will matriculate to colleges across the country and Canada. This year we had students accepted to all 8 Ivy League Universities and other highly selective colleges such as Duke, Stanford, U Chicago, USC, Washington University, Northwestern, UCLA and UC Berkley. We have students going to engineering schools, music conservatories, small liberal arts colleges, research universities, Big Ten Universities, 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 are very proud of our three students accepted into the highly competitive University of Minnesota BA/MD Scholars Program. This program only admits 10, so we are thrilled to have three College Expert students accepted.

We also have students attending colleges that we have not had students attend before including the University of South Florida, Brigham Young, Wesleyan, Carthage, Colby, Morehouse, Earlham, University of Redlands, Belmont, Drew and Clarkson, which reflects the variety of right-fit schools for this diverse and amazing class.

Our 2019 statistics reflect a 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. Thank you for making this year extraordinary. We wish our seniors all the best with the journey ahead and hope to keep in touch.

Class of 2019 – Colleges Attending

  • The University of Alabama
  • American University
  • University of Arizona
  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Augustana University
  • Barrett, The Honors College
  • Bates College
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bucknell University
  • Butler University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Carthage College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Clarkson University
  • Clemson University
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia College – Moorhead
  • Creighton University
  • Dartmouth College
  • University of Denver
  • Drew University
  • Duke University
  • Earlham College
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard College
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Iowa State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lawrence University
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Lynn University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • McGill University
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Morehouse College
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • New York University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Occidental College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • University of Portland
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Purdue University
  • University of Redlands
  • Rice University
  • University of Rochester
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Santa Clara University Smith College
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • University of Southern California
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Stanford University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Tulane University
  • Villanova University
  • Wartburg College
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of Washington Wesleyan University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Wisconsin, Superior
  • Yale

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