Where EGHS Class of ‘14 Applied, Got In

by | Jul 1, 2014

eg grad 14This story was amended at 9:30 a.m., July 2.

The East Greenwich High School Class of 2014 submitted a total of 1,086 college applications to 272 colleges and universities and received 706 acceptances. That works out to an average of 6.3 applications per student for the 172 graduates.

Predictably, the University of Rhode Island garnered the highest number of applications, at 90. Of those, 80 students were accepted and 25 students have enrolled (or matriculated, in college speak) as of June 30, according to statistics released from Supt. Victor Mercurio. Here’s the list of all 272 schools. Among the colleges applied to were all eight Ivy League schools (Brown, Harvard, Dartmouth, UPenn, Cornell, Columbia, Princeton and Yale), with limited success – three EGHS students will attend Brown come fall and one will attend Harvard. One EGHS student will attend Stanford.

Other Rhode Island schools were in the double digits but most were considerably below some out-of-state choices:

Brown University got 18 applications; 12 were refused, 4 were accepted 2 were waitlisted, and 3 have enrolled.

Bryant College got 8 applications, of which 7 were accepted, 1 waitlisted; 1 has enrolled.

Community College of R.I. got 22 applications, 22 acceptances and 22 have enrolled.

At Providence College, 12 applications were received, of which 7 were accepted and 5 refused; one student has enrolled.

Rhode Island College also got 12 applications, with 8 acceptances and 4 refused; 2 students have enrolled.

Rhode Island School of Design got two applications, one accepted and one refused; that one accepted student has enrolled.

Roger Williams University got eight applications, accepting six, waitlisting one, refusing one; no students have enrolled.

Salve Regina got six applications and accepted them all; one student has enrolled.

Beyond Rhode Island, the schools that received the most applications were:

Northeastern University, 34 (18 accepted, 1 waitlisted, 15 refused, 4 enrolled)

Boston University, 28 (19, 4, 5, 8)

Quinnipiac University, 26 (15, 9, 0, 2)

University of Connecticut, 26 (22, 3, 1, 7)

University of New Hampshire, 25 (23, 1, 1, 3)

University of Delaware, 20 (16, 4, 1, 0)

University of Massachusetts, 19 (17, 0, 2, 2)

Boston College, 15 (6, 4, 5, 4)

University of Vermont, 14 (13, 1, 0, 1)

Fordham University, 13 (9, 3, 1, 2)

George Washington University, 12 (6, 3, 3, 1)

New York University, 11 (4, 1, 6, 0)

Tufts University, 11 (3, 0, 8, 1)

College of Charleston, 10 (9, 0, 1, 2)

Drexel University, 10 (8, 1, 0, 1)

University of Pennsylvania, 10 (0, 1, 8, 0)*

Villanova University, 10 (3, 5, 2, 0)

You can find all the schools to which students applied, as well as the results of those applications, here.

* One applicant did not report his/her outcome, according to the EGHS Guidance Dept.



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Laura Giusti
Laura Giusti
July 2, 2014 12:27 pm

What do folks think it means that of 172 graduates submitting an average of 6 applications each, that there are only 25 different colleges applied to in a small geographic area? Seems to me it means the students are not being encouraged to think “bigger” than Rhode Island and that too many are applying to the same schools outside Rhode Island. Why did no one apply to any other Ivy league schools? or other good schools outside of New England?!

Elizabeth Fritzsche McNamara
July 2, 2014 12:29 pm
Reply to  Laura Giusti

Laura, the students applied to a very wide range of schools. I only included the schools that received the most applications. I will amend the story to make that clear. Thanks for reading and for your comment!


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