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Shady Side Academy Class of 2018 College Decisions

SSA Class of 2018

Shady Side Academy is proud to announce that the 131 members of the Class of 2018 – who are graduating today, June 8 – will attend 80 of the nation's finest colleges and universities this fall. Some notable college matriculation statistics for the Class of 2018:

  • Admitted to 173 colleges
  • 55% overall admit rate compared to national average of 38%
  • Will attend 80 colleges in 22 states plus Washington, D.C., Canada and the United Kingdom
  • 72% will attend college out of state
  • 100% of those seeking merit scholarships were successful in earning awards
  • 12 will attend an Ivy League or Ivy+ school (includes Chicago, Duke, MIT, Stanford)
  • Were admitted to Ivy and Ivy+ schools at more than 2.5x the national rate
  • 27% will attend a US News & World Report Top 25 National University or Liberal Arts College
  • 51% will attend a US News & World Report Top 50 National University or Liberal Arts College
  • 15% will attend a Times Higher Education Top 25 World University
  • 52% will attend a "most competitive" college, the highest rank by Barron's Profile of American Colleges
  • 8% will compete in NCAA collegiate athletics in 8 different sports

These college decisions are the culmination of an educational journey at Shady Side Academy that challenges students to think expansively, act ethically and lead responsibly. Through a rigorous and balanced curriculum of academics, arts and athletics, and a unique culture of faculty-student mentorship, SSA ensures its graduates have the discipline, drive and intellect to succeed wherever they go next. A snapshot of the Class of 2018's SSA experience:

  • 14% participated in the Senior School boarding program
  • 15% were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program
  • 15% completed an independent study or senior project
  • 21% are "lifers" who attended SSA from grades K-12
  • 35% participated in a global or off-campus program
  • 40% participated in the performing arts (theatre production or musical ensemble)
  • 74% lettered in at least one varsity sport; 30% lettered in two or more

SSA's College Counseling Office and its three full-time college counselors partnered with these students and their families to find "best fit" colleges and universities that will nurture their abilities and undiscovered talents, while allowing them to realize their career aspirations.

The Class of 2018 College List (number of attendees in parentheses if more than one):

Allegheny College
American University (3)
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Babson College
Barnard College
Boston College
Boston University (3)
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University (3)
Carnegie Mellon University (2)
Case Western Reserve University (2)
Chapman University
College of Charleston
College of Wooster
Cornell University (2)
Dartmouth College
Dickinson College (2)
Drexel University (2)
Duke University
Elon University (5)
Emory University
Fordham University (2)
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University (2)
Georgetown University (3)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Goucher College
Grove City College
Harvard University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Ithaca College (2)
Johns Hopkins University (2)
Kenyon College
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University (3)
Marietta College
McGill University
Mercyhurst University

Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
New York University
Northeastern University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University (4)
Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny
Pennsylvania State University, World Campus
Pennsylvania State University Erie, The Behrend Campus
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (2)
Rice University (3)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Southern Methodist University (2)
St. Lawrence University
Stanford University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Alabama (2)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago (2)
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan (3)
University of Notre Dame (3)
University of Pennsylvania (2)
University of Pittsburgh (7)
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of Southern California (2)
University of St. Andrews
Wake Forest University (4)
Walsh University
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
York College of Pennsylvania
Gap/PG Year (4)

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our 2018 graduates!

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