Reflections on the Class of 2017

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The Class of 2017 embraced the application process with excitement, diligence, and flexibility. When the Common Application went live on August 1st, our students navigated the bumps and quirks and worked as a team to support one another. Being proactive, nearly 100% of students applied early decision, early action, priority, or rolling. In fact, we encouraged all students to submit their rolling admission applications by early October.

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 (except for one gap-year student) will attend college in the fall, a number which showcases the importance of finding the best fit. We’re proud to unveil the Class of 2017 statistics:

  • On average, each student submitted 9 applications
  • 95% of students applied early action, early decision, priority, or rolling;
  • 60% of students who applied early decision were accepted;
  • 90% of students will attend out-of-state colleges (national average – 21%)
  • 75% of students will attend private colleges
  • 95% of students will attend a high interest or first choice colleges

Our Class of 2017 students will matriculate to colleges across the country, including Ivy League, engineering schools, out of the country, art 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, with students headed to Hillsdale, McGill, Mount Holyoke, Scripps, Drexel, Parsons, Colorado School of Mines, Washington State, St Ambrose, Vassar, St. Lawrence, and Wellesley. Stanford accepted three College Expert students, which was outstanding, considering the overall denial rate for Stanford was 96 percent

Our 2017 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.

  • American University
  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • California Lutheran University
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Clemson University
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Creighton University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drexel University
  • Elon University
  • Fordham University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grinnell College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hillsdale College
  • Hope College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Iowa State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Macalester College
  • Marquette University
  • McGill University
  • Miami University, Oxford
  • Middlebury College
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New York University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Occidental College
  • Parsons
  • Pepperdine University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ripon College
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Saint John’s University (MN)
  • Scripps College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The College of Wooster
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Tampa
  • Trinity College
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Rochester
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Washington
  • Vassar College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wheaton College, IL
  • Winona State University

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