Reflections on our Class of 2024

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Each year, we have the privilege of getting to know high school students from across the state and country as they complete their college journey. And every May, we reflect on their stories and accomplishments inspired and filled with gratitude. We are so proud of you, Class of 2024!

This has been the most competitive year for admissions since we started College Expert 20+ years ago. Many colleges remained test-optional, one of many factors that led to a record number of applications. As a result, admission to selective colleges became an even greater reach. Many students beat these odds, and we are cheering their success. In other instances, denials allowed students to better examine and appreciate all of their options. We truly believe there is no one “perfect college,” and twists and turns in the process often can lead to an even better fit. In fact, families tell us this every year.

This year’s matriculation list fills us with tremendous satisfaction. We are confident our graduates are destined for colleges where they will be challenged, find supportive communities and boldly move forward with their personal goals.

We are excited to report:

  • 95% of our students applied to some colleges by the early action deadline and heard back from colleges before winter break.
  • 92% of our students will attend their first choice or a high-interest college.
  • 35% of our students applied to highly selective ED/Restricted Early Action colleges and 62% were accepted. 
  • 88% of our students will attend out-of-state colleges in 33 different states (whereas nationally approximately only 11% venture further than 500 miles from their hometown).
  • New colleges that our students will be attending include the University of Georgia, Kings College in London , University of Utah, University of Mississippi and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
  • Most of our students were offered significant merit aid and some full-tuition scholarships.
  • 20 of our students are National Merit Scholars.

Drawing on our knowledge, our experience, and hundreds of college visits, we recommended an eclectic mix of colleges, many of which were unfamiliar to our clients. In fact, it’s possible some students never would have considered the colleges they chose without comprehensive and thoughtful discussions about finding the right fit, which is our guiding philosophy. As a result, they made decisions confident their choice was right for them.

Our Class of 2024 students will matriculate to colleges across the country. As you can see by the following list, we have students attending some of the most selective colleges in the country. Our graduates are headed to ivy league schools, art schools, national and international universities, Big Ten schools, music conservatories, ROTC, engineering schools, small liberal arts colleges and colleges with in-state tuition.

We have aspiring musicians, artists, ROTC cadets, recruited athletes, activists, actors, nurses, engineers, business majors, researchers, doctors, writers and much more. We strive to help families find ways to afford college tuition, and we were overjoyed with the merit scholarships, grants, and aid awarded to our students.

We were honored to help prepare the Class of 2024 for the next chapter and wish our seniors all the best with the adventure they have ahead of them. Please keep in touch!

Please feel free to forward this to family members and friends looking for help with the college planning process. Here is our College Matriculation List for our Class of 2024:

Amherst College
Arizona State University
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Bethel University
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Butler University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Century College
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Colgate University
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Cornell College
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University
Fordham University
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvey Mudd College
High Point University
Indiana University-Bloomington
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
King’s College London
Loyola University Chicago
Lynn University
Macalester College
New York University
Northeastern University

Northwestern University
Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin College)
Occidental College
Pepperdine University
Pratt Institute-Main
Princeton University
Purdue University-Main Campus
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Texas A & M University-College Station
Texas Christian University
University of Arizona
University of California-Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Virginia-Main Campus
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St Louis
Wesleyan University