By Sue Stemen, Director of College Counseling
The 91-member class of 2019 has a strategy for success in college. They will be attending 53 different colleges and universities in the continental US, in twenty states and the District of Columbia. One student will take a gap year after being awarded the prestigious NYSLI scholarship to study in China.
Seniors will relocate from coast to coast, from California to Vermont, Texas to Colorado and Florida to Massachusetts. A number will continue to call the Midwest home. Sunny SoCal captivated an artist who will attend UCLA, a fierce women’s advocate will attend UC San Diego and a future engineer will set up shop at Loyola Marymount University. Another pre-med scientist will continue researching at Stanford University in the Bay Area. Avid adventurers are headed to Colorado: one to University of Colorado at Boulder and two to University of Denver.
Duke University’s research triangle provides a platform for one senior to study artificial intelligence. Southern Methodist University’s pre-law honors and political science programs intrigued one student. Another classmate will pursue interdisciplinary interests at Washington University in St. Louis. Chicagoland calls an artist to Columbia College, two seasoned researchers - one each to Northwestern University and one to University of Chicago - and one student will be situated in lovely Lincoln Park at DePaul University.
Coral Gables and Biscayne Bay beckon a budding sports journalist who will call his plays at University of Miami. Three students will have Georgia on their minds, with two talented artists in residence at Savannah College of Art and Design and a classmate at Emory University. An aspiring psychologist and a future engineer will rock the Music City vibe at Vanderbilt University.
A number of students will continue their athletic pursuits in Division II and III programs. Two members of the women’s basketball team are poised to play at Lees McRae College in North Carolina and Franklin College in Indiana, while a men’s basketball player will join the powerhouse Wabash College team. Anderson University and Manchester College will add two football players to their rosters. Another defensive standout will attend Washington and Lee University in Virginia, along with a potential pre-med practitioner classmate. Two tenacious tennis players will attend the United States Military Academy and Middlebury College, respectively.
A Nor’easter blast of seniors will blanket New England and the northeast. An international student interested in pursuing international affairs is headed to Yale University and an environmentally conscious classmate will also head to Connecticut to attend Wesleyan University. Two cutting edge computer scientists will continue decoding cyberspace at MIT, while a curious science research colleague will call Harvard home. A senior committed to combatting social inequality plans to study international issues at Tufts University. A “Renaissance Man” with a commitment to the classics heads to Princeton University. Four students will “never sleep” in the Big Apple – a musical theatre ingénue and an international entrepreneur can be found in Washington Square at NYU, while two classmates - a fiery dual citizen hoping to use technology for medical breakthroughs and a student committed to achieving justice through diversity and inclusion - will continue research and writing at Columbia University. A budding neuroscientist will continue brain research at Colgate University.
The nation’s capital is the destination for two students. One student is headed to HBCU Howard University on the way to becoming a civil rights lawyer. Another will study in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Two students will study at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing environmental science and combining a love of language with pre-medicine. A celebrated computer scientist will design complex solutions at Carnegie Mellon University.
The state of Ohio beckons the largest number of seniors outside of Indiana, with eight matriculants. Denison University, University of Cincinnati and University of Dayton will provide inspiration for two students at each campus, studying a wide variety of subjects from pre-med and business to theatre and graphic design. Cybersecurity calls another classmate to Wittenberg University and a humble humanitarian is heading to College of Wooster. One student will experience Big 10 sports mania at the Big House on University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus while one will be challenged at Hope College in lovely Holland, Michigan.
Rounding out the Midwest contingent are the happy “Hoosiers” attending colleges and universities pursuing a wide diversity of interests including business, global studies, medicine, law, engineering, pharmacy, entrepreneurship, science and humanities. Eleven students will “boiler up” at Purdue University, three will join the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame University, one will pursue the accelerated medical program at University of Southern Indiana, another will be at neighboring University of Evansville, three will become Butler University Bulldogs, another a DePauw University Tiger, a Panther becomes a Jaguar at IUPUI, and fourteen “Hoosiers” head south to Indiana University – Bloomington.
Wherever the location, whatever the course of study, the class of 2019 is destined for continued success. We wish them well on their undergraduate journey and welcome them back to the hallowed halls of Park Tudor!