Class of 2013 College Results Strong Despite Extraordinary Competition
In an ever-competitive college market, flush with more and more international applicants, we were concerned how Poly Prep’s Class of 2013 would fare this year. Admit rates of less than 10% at many highly selective schools added to our concerns. Suffice it to say, however, our seniors have exceeded our expectations and achieved outstanding results in this year’s college process. The 115 members of the Class of 2013 have deposited at 68 different campuses across the country and the United Kingdom. Though this class had strong results in the early decision process, which I shared with you in January
, the spring results added to their success and reputation as one of our strongest and most successful classes in recent years.
Ivy League Results
The Ivy League will be well represented with many members of this year’s class heading off to Brown (3), Cornell (1), Dartmouth (2), Penn (3), Princeton and Yale (2). For good measure, throw in one senior each going to MIT, Northwestern and Stanford, and three to Johns Hopkins and that is eighteen off to the Top 15 ranked colleges in US News & World Reports. An additional twenty-four will attend schools in the Top 50: Boston College (5), Emory (2), Georgetown (2), Lehigh (2), University of Michigan (1), New York University (5), Notre Dame, Rensselaer Polytechnic (3), Tufts (3), the University of Virginia (2) and Wake Forest (3).
“Little Ivies” & Other Highly Selective College Results
As I have noted in previous years, many of our seniors enjoy the feel of the smaller campus that the liberal arts college presents, reminding them of their time at Poly. For the first time in my memory, we will have students attending all three schools in the Little Ivies (Amherst (1), Wesleyan (3) & Williams(1)) and the three Maine schools (Bates (1), Bowdoin (2) & Colby(1)) in the same year. Others will venture to a wide range of Top 50 liberal arts schools: Bard (1), Bucknell (2), Colgate (1), Connecticut College (2), Franklin & Marshall (2), Gettysburg (2), Mount Holyoke (1), Oberlin (1), Occidental (2), Richmond (2), Skidmore (3) and Trinity (1).
Special Talents and Mastery Shape Some College Choices
Special talents and mastery also shaped some of our seniors’ college decisions. One of our top artists will attend Maryland Institute College of Art, an interest in animation takes another to Rochester Institute of Technology, two of our actors are off to Boston University and SUNY Purchase, while another student pursues a career in nutrition at New York University. Four of our top athletes accepted athletic scholarships to Connecticut, Holy Family, and Molloy. Several will also take a gap year before pursuing their college studies. You can get a sense of the breadth of this year’s class and their many interests and talents.
Students will also head south to the College of Charleston, Clemson, Elon, Emory, the University of Miami, Richmond, Tulane, the University of Virginia, and Wake Forest, while others venture west to Occidental and Stanford. Others will stay closer to home at Fordham, New York University, Quinnipiac, Rutgers, Sacred Heart, and Sarah Lawrence.
Another interesting trend is the impact of Poly’s development of a 21st-Century STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) philosophy. Three seniors are going to Rensselaer Polytechnic and two to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, along with engineers to Clemson, Johns Hopkins and the University of Michigan. Our first-ever introductory course in engineering at NYU-Poly
last fall was a catalyst for much of this interest and a proof to those colleges of these students’ interest and aptitude in this profession.
Thank You’s & A Fond Farewell
I want to thank the college counseling staff, Pamela Pratt-Galik (Form VI Dean; World Languages), Susan Beiles P’88, ’90, ‘95 (Dean of Faculty; History) and John Rearick P’10, ‘14 (English) for their tireless efforts on behalf of our students and the school. A number of students remain on waitlists and we continue to support their cases.
We finish the year on both a sad and happy note. We are sad for Poly but happy to send Mark Oransoff, our administrative assistant in the College Office, off to a well-deserved retirement after nineteen years in this office. He has been a valued asset to both Poly and our families. He will be missed. We wish him the best in the years ahead.