Every student has a story to tell. Our reward is to learn and share each student's story through the college process, a journey of discovering exciting options that best fit students as unique individuals. The journey centers around our four-year developmental model, from planning as freshmen and beginning individual meetings as sophomores to intensive search and application mapping as juniors and seniors. While student ownership of the process rests at the core of our philosophy, students work closely with their counselors: meeting one-on-one, developing tailor-made plans for course selection, testing and college lists, participating in our annual application workshop with admission deans from across the country and engaging in small-group classes. Our office houses four full-time counselors with a collective 77 years in the profession, experience as admission officers in highly selective institutions from coast to coast, and unwavering passion for working with students. Helping them to find great fits leads us to wear many hats, from guide and cheerleader to realistic messenger. One hat we do not wear is that of a “placement officer” who ensures students “get in” to a certain college, nor are we micromanagers. Rather, we are committed advisors and advocates.
The Class of 2020 continued Collegiate’s impressive rate of college acceptances. Over the past 10 years, our admit rate has been remarkably consistent, averaging 2 out of every 3 applications resulting in acceptances.
More importantly, our seniors continue to pursue and find many great options for “fit”: in 2020, 138 seniors submitted 866 applications to 197 colleges, received 576 acceptances to 158 colleges in 34 states, Canada, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Such wide-sweeping geographic distribution is compelling, as are the distinct and highly selective majors in which the Class of 2020 will engage, ranging from architecture, business and leadership to aerospace and mechanical engineering, and from neuroscience and nursing to language and foreign affairs. Additionally, the class received more than $11.6 million in merit scholarship offers, including the national Army ROTC Scholarship and Davidson College's Belk Scholarship; also our seniors earned prominent honors designations, along with a bevy of offers to attend Honors colleges and programs, at more than 20 institutions across the country. And finally, 11 artists will pursue their craft in acting, dance, music, technical theater, visual arts, and vocal performance, while 26 recruited athletes will compete at the Division I (13) and Division III (13) levels in baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, track & field and volleyball.