Today we have great news to share that offers hope for the future in the midst of the current pandemic. We want to celebrate Class of 2020 college acceptances. Our 16 seniors started with us right before or during high school, and they were willing to rise to the academic challenge of a school unlike any they had attended before. We are now excited to watch them switch focus to college and grow into strong leaders poised to be a force for change in our world. Their varied interests span across disciplines ranging from medicine to humanities, social sciences to the arts.

"We are proud to share that approximately 75 percent of our seniors received acceptance letters from one of the top 50 national universities," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "When you expand that to the top 80 universities and colleges, that percentage increases to approximately 88%. Additionally, more than half of our students in our senior class of 16 received acceptances to universities or liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 30 in the nation according the U.S. News & World Report. These include Columbia, Wesleyan, Georgetown, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, Barnard, University of Rochester, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill."

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College Counselor Matt Brauch added, "This year we saw students look at the traditional top universities and colleges as well as schools with very specific programs supporting arts, namely ceramics and film. It was a pleasure and honor to work with each student to find the best fit for their interests. I am very proud of where our students will continue their educational journey, and I see great things ahead in their future!"

We are proud to share the universities from which our students received letters of acceptances. Please join us in congratulating our BEARS!

Class of 2020 Acceptances To Date
(bold indicates top-ranked school acceptance for each senior)

Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bentley University

Brandeis University
California College of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
Clarkson University
Columbia College

Columbia University
CUNY Brooklyn College

CUNY Hunter College
CUNY John Jay College
DePaul University
Drew University

Drexel University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
High Point University
Hofstra University

Iona College
Le Moyne College
Louisiana State University
Macaulay Honors College CUNY
Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College
Mississippi State University
Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northeastern University (Honors)
North Carolina A&T State University

Ohio State University
Pace University
Parsons School of Design/The New School
Pennsylvania State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rollins College

Savannah College of Art and Design
Skidmore College
Spelman College
St. Francis College
St. George’s University in Grenada

St. John’s University
SUNY Albany
SUNY Binghamton
SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Oswego
SUNY Stony Brook
Syracuse University
Temple University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa

University of California-Davis
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Los Angeles
University of California-Riverside

University of California-San Diego
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
University of Miami
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

University of Rochester
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vassar College

Virginia State University
Wesleyan University
William & Mary


  • More than half of our students in our senior class of 16 received acceptances to universities or liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 30 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report – Columbia University (ranked #3), Wesleyan University (#17 among national liberal arts colleges), UCLA (#20), Georgetown University (#24), Barnard College (#25 among national liberal arts colleges), Carnegie Mellon University (#25), University of Rochester (#29), and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (#29).
  • Approximately 75% of seniors received at least one offer from a university ranked in the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • 88% of students received acceptances to colleges and universities ranked in the top 80 in the nation.
  • All seniors were accepted to schools ranked among the top 125 colleges and universities in the nation, and a few seniors pursued arts colleges based on interests in Fine Arts and film.

Seniors have until early May to make their final matriculation decisions. Right now our college counseling team is here to support students debating among options as well as those with acceptance letters who are also pursing wait list options, so the data is not final yet. 

Overall, our Class of 2020 has nearly conquered a very different senior year than expected with the national pandemic causing a change in plans in March. Nonetheless, our seniors were able to experience capstone courses, which require a deep dive into high-level content. Now they are pivoting to remote three-month long, research projects in their Senior Projects. Throughout it all, our students worked hard to find and apply to colleges that they believe will be the best fit for their skills and interests. We are very proud of our Class of 2020!

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