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Shady Side Academy Class of 2021 College Decisions

SSA Class of 2021

On Friday, June 4, 117 members of the Shady Side Academy Class of 2021 received their diplomas at the Commencement Exercises ceremony on campus. With a broad range of academic interests and a genuine curiosity, these graduates leave SSA ready to make their mark on the classrooms and communities they are about to join.

Some notable college matriculation statistics for the Class of 2021:

  • Will attend 77 colleges in 26 states plus Washington, D.C., France and Scotland
  • Admitted to 195 colleges
  • 79% will attend college out of state
  • 14% will play college athletics in 8 different sports
  • 26% will attend a US News & World Report Top 25 National University or Liberal Arts College
  • 54% will attend a US News & World Report Top 50 National University or Liberal Arts College
  • 58% will attend a Barron's "most competitive" college
  • 61% overall admit rate vs. the global average of 39%
  • Admitted to the most selective (<25%) schools at 2x the national rate

These graduates' 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 2021's SSA experience:

  • 17% were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program
  • 21% are "lifers" who attended SSA from grades K-12
  • 23% participated in the Senior School boarding program
  • 30% completed an independent study or senior project
  • 34% participated in the performing arts (theatre production or musical ensemble)
  • 47% attended SSA Middle School
  • 82% lettered in at least one varsity sport; 47% lettered in two or more
  • 7 earned a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from UPenn via the new SSA Social Innovators Program
  • Helped 5 SSA athletic teams win 11 league championships

SSA's College Counseling Office and its three full-time college counselors have 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 2021 College List

(number of attendees in parentheses if more than one)

Allegheny College (2)

American University (2)

Amherst College

Auburn University

Barnard College

Bates College

Boston University (2)

Bowdoin College

Bucknell University (2)

Carnegie Mellon University (3)

Case Western Reserve University (2)

Colby College

College of Wooster

Colorado College

Dartmouth College (2)

Davidson College

Denison University (2)

DePaul University

Dickinson College

Emerson College

Emory University (4)

Fairfield University

Ferris State University

Georgetown University (2)

Harvard University

High Point University

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Indiana University Bloomington (2)

Kenyon College

Le Cordon Bleu Paris

Lehigh University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mercyhurst University

Miami University (2)

Montana State University

Mount Holyoke College

Muhlenberg College

Niagara University

Northeastern University (3)

Paul Smith's College

Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University (2)

Rhodes College

Rochester Institute of Technology (2)

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Saint Francis University

Saint Lawrence University (2)

Saint Louis University

Skidmore College

Spring Arbor University

Syracuse University

Temple University

Texas Christian University

Tufts University

Tulane University

United States Naval Academy

University of California Berkeley (2)

University of California San Diego

University of Chicago (2)

University of Cincinnati

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (3)

University of Kentucky

University of Miami

University of Michigan (3)

University of Minnesota

University of Notre Dame

University of Pittsburgh (4)

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of St. Andrews

University of Tennessee

University of Wisconsin (2)

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest University (3)

Washington & Jefferson College (2)

Washington and Lee University

Washington University in St Louis (3)

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