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Each spring, College Coach surveys the high school seniors that we’ve worked with through our private college counseling service to garner their insights on the college application process. We’ve just synthesized the results of our 2019 Senior Survey, and wanted to share the good news with our readers.

College Decisions

This year, we will be sending graduates off to 123 different colleges across the country. We have our fair share of Ivy League representation, including a number of graduates enrolling at Harvard, Penn, and Yale, with equally good representation at smaller liberal arts instiutions like Tufts, Elon, and Middlebury. We’ve got graduates heading to engineering schools like MIT, Georgia Tech, and the Caltech, and women’s colleges like Sweet Briar. Unsurprisingly, the most popular colleges among our graduates are some of the most sought-after research universities in the country, including University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and Northeastern. From art schools to business schools, large public to small private, we are thrilled to have helped so many students find their best fit colleges.

Visit our website to view the full list of 2019 acceptances.

Applications Submitted

A worthwhile lesson for future college applicants demonstrated within our survey results is the value of focusing your college list. Though you may see a flood of stories in the media about students applying to 15, 20, or more(!) schools—and, at some high schools, it may seem like everyone is juggling such a massive college list—our numbers tell a different story. On average, College Coach’s students applied to just over 9 colleges. But did these focused lists result in poor admissions outcomes? Certainly not! In fact, quite the opposite! A full 98% of applicants who worked with College Coach were admitted to one of their top choice schools. Our admissions experts have found that stretching oneself too thin and applying to too many colleges can result in worse outcomes and are happy to report that most of our graduates took our advice to work towards a focused and well-balanced college list seriously.

Sending congratulations to all our seniors for navigating the college admissions process to a successful end, and wishing the best of luck to graduates and their families as they embark on their next adventure!

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Written by Shannon Vasconcelos
Shannon Vasconcelos is a college finance expert at College Coach. Before joining College Coach, she was a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Tufts University and Boston University.