I just finished reading a book by Frank Bruni, entitled Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be. In this book, Bruni writes about America’s passion for a few, highly selective colleges and universities, and how the college admissions process with its emphasis on test scores often ignores students with unique abilities. More importantly, he speaks about the outsized importance of the US News and World Report college rankings in college admissions and how these rankings can be manipulated by schools to ensure higher placement.
Admittedly it is easy to get caught up in the rankings game and as a private college preparatory school, it is important that we are able to demonstrate our ability to get students into competitive schools. But we also work hard to develop college lists for our individual students that reflect their interests and geographic preferences. This year, the result is a senior class that is attending an eclectic mix of schools. Let me take you through a tour of our senior class.
Of course, Virginia also has a tremendous tradition of liberal arts colleges, and we are well represented. Two of our students will attend Roanoke College, and one student each will attend Washington and Lee, Bridgewater, Emory and Henry, Hampden Sydney College, and Hampton University.
I am also pleased that 14 of our students have elected to go out of state for college or university. Five students have chosen out of state liberal arts colleges, one each at Middlebury, Oberlin, Macalester, Davidson, and Milligan. We have one student each attending the University of Alabama, University of New Hampshire, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Elon University, Wake Forest University, West Virginia University, and Johns Hopkins University.
And finally, we have two students attending specialized schools, one each at Jefferson College of Health Sciences and the School for the Visual Arts. This is our first student attending our hometown Jefferson College as a freshman in my five years at North Cross.
Wrap your minds around these numbers and these colleges and universities and you will see that this is a tremendous senior class by any measure. From top to bottom, this is as good as any class I have ever had. I present them to you as evidence that there has never been a better time to be at North Cross.