Today we honor our Class of 2021 and celebrate news of their college acceptances to date. A majority of our graduating students started with us in middle school, and they had a strong foundation from which to rise to the academic challenges presented in our high school program. Seniors began their last year virtually during a pandemic, and just this month the option of the COVID-19 vaccine was opened to them. This change hopefully marks a turning point that will permit them to experience campus life this fall. We look ahead to their bright future, confident in their preparation to be a force of positive change in our world. 

"The class of 2021 should stand proud in their individual and collective accomplishments," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "Individually, they carved out personal identities that match their passions and what they hope to accomplish in the world. Collectively, they developed lasting relationships with teachers, friends, and administrators, which aided in their efforts in the college search process."

"It has been my greatest professional honor to witness their growth supporting them when they requested it, but mostly granting them the autonomy to explore and achieve their goals," continued Ms. Ruggles. "These independent thinkers will not shy away from a challenge and will confidently go in the direction of their dreams."

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“During the past four years, our seniors have wholeheartedly embraced the task of seeking their individualized college fit, which is what I counsel every student towards at BASIS Independent Brooklyn," commented College Counselor Mr. Brauch. "As these students grew throughout this process, they became avid and critical reflectors and researchers, showing mastery in the classroom, examining and chasing after their passions inside and outside of school, and expanding their college research to not only include schools across the United States but also abroad." 

We are incredibly proud of our Class of 2021. Some highlights:

  • 19% of our graduating students were accepted to universities and liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 15 nationally.
  • 31% of our graduates were offered spots at universities in the top 25-ranked national and international universities.
  • The majority of the Class of 2021 (84%) received acceptances from national and globally-ranked schools in the top 50. 

We are proud to share the universities and colleges from which our students received letters of acceptance to date. We will update this list as we hear of more decisions.

Please join us in congratulating our BEARS!


Adelphi University
American University
Arizona State University - Tempe
Bard College
Baylor University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Butler University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
City University of New York Brooklyn College
Clark University
Clemson University
Colgate University
Columbia University
Columbia University with Jewish Theological (LIST College)
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Emory University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College
Haverford College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Imperial College London (UK)
Indiana University - Bloomington
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Le Moyne College
Long Island University
Loyola Marymount University
Johns Hopkins University
McGill University
New York University
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Ohio State University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University - College of Engineering
Purdue University
Queen's University Belfast (UK)
Quinnipiac University
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Santa Clara University
Seton Hall University
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
Stanford University
State University of New York, Albany
State University of New York, Binghamton University
State University of New York, Geneseo
State University of New York, Stoney Brook University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Tufts University
Union College (NY)
University of Arizona
University of Bristol (UK)
University of British Columbia (Canada)
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Davis
University of California - Irvine
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - San Diego
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Edinburgh (UK)
University of Glasgow (UK)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Liverpool (UK)
University of Maine
University of Maryland - College Park
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of New England
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portsmouth (UK)
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Southampton (UK)
University of St. Andrews (UK)
University of Tampa
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto (Canada)
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington - Seattle 
University of Waterloo (Canada)
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
The College of William and Mary 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

"This year, we saw a great increase in applications to schools in Canada and the UK, with students earning acceptances to schools such as the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, Imperial College London, and the University of Edinburgh to name a few," shared Mr. Brauch. "Domestically, our students continued to apply to schools across all parts of the United States. They earned acceptances at schools representing our widest range of geographic diversity yet!"

To illustrate Mr. Brauch's point about geographic diversity, students gained acceptance to schools:

  • On the West Coast including Stanford University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC San Diego
  • Across the middle of the country such as The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Pittsburgh,  University of Michigan, and Case Western University
  • In the MidAtlantic region including the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon, and American University
  • In the Northeast such as Haverford College, Brandeis University, Northeastern, Boston University, and Tufts University
  • In the Southeast including Duke University, University of Miami, and Clemson University 
  • Across New York State including Cornell University, Columbia University, Hamilton College, SUNY Binghamton, Skidmore College, and New York University. 

Congratulations to our BEARS! We know they have a big decision to make in the weeks ahead. One thing we know for certain - the future is in good hands.

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