Reflections on the Class of 2020

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The Class of 2020 holds a special place in our hearts. While the college planning and application process is always a bit of a rollercoaster, for the Class of 2020, the ups and downs were exceptional. Just as seniors were celebrating their college decisions and beginning to picture themselves on campus, their school year came to an abrupt and unceremonious end. At a time when they should have simply been feeling accomplishment and excitement, there were so many other emotions mixed in.

While we understand things might not look like they expected right now, our message to the Class of 2020 is this: Be confident in your future. You’ve already shown incredible discipline, focus and grace in spite of the sacrifices you’ve had to make. As we compiled our list of graduates and their college destinations, we were filled with pride and anticipation for what lay ahead for them. Our 2020 statistics show a group of students who enthusiastically want to experience the world and have already proved themselves ready for a challenge.

We are excited to report:

  • 98% of our students applied to some colleges before November 1 and heard back from colleges before winter break
  • 33% of our students applied Early Decision/Restricted Early Action
  • 75 % of our students who applied to highly selective colleges were accepted
  • 94% of our students will attend out-of-state colleges (whereas nationally approximately only 11% venture further than 500 miles from their hometown)
  • 95% of our students will attend their first choice or a high-interest college

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 have a college plan for this fall.

Our Class of 2020 students will matriculate to colleges across the country and Canada. This year we had several students accepted to Ivy League Universities and other highly selective colleges such as Duke, Stanford, U Chicago, USC, Washington University, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, UVA, Rice, Wellesley, Wesleyan, UCLA and UC Berkeley. We have students going to engineering schools, women’s colleges, theater BFA programs, small liberal arts colleges, hockey academies, research universities, Big Ten Universities, and colleges with in-state tuition. We strive to help families find ways to afford college tuition, and we were overjoyed with the resulting merit scholarships, grants, and aid. We are especially happy that several of our students received full tuition and room and board scholarships.

We were honored to help prepare members of the Class of 2020 for the next chapter in their lives. They made this unusual and challenging year extraordinary. We wish our seniors all the best with the journey ahead. Please keep in touch!

Here is our College Matriculation List for our Class of 2020:

Class of 2020 – Colleges Attending

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  • American University
  • Augsburg University
  • Baylor University
  • Boston College
  • University of British Columbia
  • California Lutheran University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Carleton College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chapman University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Columbia University-New York
  • Cornell University
  • Creighton University
  • Denison University
  • University of Denver
  • DePaul University
  • Drake University
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  • Duke University
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Fordham University
  • Goucher College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Harvard College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • High Point University
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • University of Iowa
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Junior Hockey Academy
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Miami University-Oxford
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
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  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of Southern California
  • St. Olaf College
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
  • University of Vermont
  • Villanova University
  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Be well and best wishes,
Sue, Ryan and the College Expert Team

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