College Choices for the Class of 2018

Posted by Rebecca Moore - 31 May, 2018

Class of 2018 in college t-shirts

As we conclude the 2018 school year, the College Counseling Office would like to congratulate all the members of the Class of 2018 for their aspirations and accomplishments. 

Running the Halls - 6743450Let's do the numbers.

The 94 graduates were accepted at 120 colleges in 32 states. They will matriculate to 44 different colleges in 19 states. In order to accomplish this, they submitted a total of 496 applications to 157 colleges and universities across the United States, an average of 5.3 per student.  This number continues to slowly rise as the selectivity at many colleges continues to increase. 

For the second year in a row, more than half of the graduates will attend college outside of Alabama. Beyond Alabama, Tennessee (7), Texas (7), Georgia (6) and Pennsylvania (5) will have the largest number of grads. 

Thirty-one students will attend college as the only Randolph representative. New college choices (within the last decade) for our students are Morehouse College (GA), University of Arizona, DigiPen (WA), University of Iowa, Bryn Mawr College, University of San Francisco (CA), and Tennessee Technological University.  Five students will make a military commitment or enter a service academy.  Eve Schoenrock will attend the US Air Force Academy, Colton Scoggins will join the Auburn ROTC, Kohl Kraus will join the University of Iowa ROTC, and both Rob Harrigan and Michael Moore will join the United States Marine Corps.

Above: They're off! Seniors run the halls in their college shirts on their last day of classes.

Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships continue to be very important in the decision process of matriculation and Alabama colleges and universities continue to be very generous.  Of the students who will attend an in-state public university, 58% will receive scholarships ranging up to full tuition and cost of attendance. Of the students who will attend an in-state private college, they all have received scholarship awards. 

Our students received hundreds of scholarship and financial aid offers from colleges all over the country. Every student who sought merit-based aid received it. 

Several members of this class have distinguished themselves with prestigious academic scholarships.  Two students have been named as Stamps Scholars:  Spencer Laue at Mercer University and Ben Raiford at Wake Forest University.  Henley Baron and Emily Johnson have been named as UAB Presidential Scholars.  Erin Bond, Lauren Kate Dodd, Wyatt Robinson, and Trip Slyman are University of Alabama Presidential Scholars.   Erin Bond has also been named as a Presidential Fellow and has been awarded the Academic Elite Scholarship – one of eight in a freshman class of 7,500.  Also at Alabama, Virginia Saft is a Blount Scholar. At Auburn University, Emma Snyder is a Presidential Scholar.

High scorers

In our senior class, 45% have scored 30 or better on the ACT Composite, which qualifies them for a full or a 90% scholarship at some of our state universities. 

Eight members of the class are National Merit Scholars: Tanuj Alapati, Matthew Estopinal, Somil Joshi, Spencer Laue, Katie Nordeman, and Ben Raiford are Finalists; Eve Schoenrock and Emma Snyder are Commended Scholars.

Acceptance and matriculation

Running the Halls - 6743377Students received acceptances from the following colleges and universities, matriculations bolded and the number of students attending noted if more than one:

Agnes Scott College, University of Alabama (10), University of Alabama at Birmingham (4), University of Alabama in Huntsville, American University, University of Arizona, Auburn University (26), Belmont University, Beloit College, Bennington College, Bentley University, Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Boston College, Brandeis University, Bryn Mawr College, Butler University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Barbara, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Centre College, Chapman University, College of Charleston, University of Chicago, Clemson University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Davidson College (2), University of Denver, Dickinson College, DigiPen Institute of Technology, Emory University (2), Fairfield University, Florida State University, Franklin & Marshall College, Furman University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Gettysburg College, Harding University, High Point University, Hillsdale College, Hollins University, Idaho State University, University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins University, University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, Lehigh University, Lipscomb University, Loyola Marymount University, Manhattanville College, University of Maryland, College Park, Mercer University, University of Miami, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Middle Tennessee State University, Middlebury College, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University (2), University of Mississippi, University of Montevallo, Morehouse College, University of New Mexico, New York University, University of North Alabama, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, University of Northern Iowa, Oberlin College, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania State University (2), Pepperdine University, Purdue University, Regis University, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Rhodes College, University of Richmond, Rollins College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Samford University, University of San Francisco, Savannah College of Art and Design, Sewanee: The University of the South, Smith College, University of South Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, Southern Methodist University (2), Suffolk University, Tennessee Technological University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Texas Christian University (5), University of Texas at Austin, Troy University, Tulane University, United States Air Force Academy, Utah Valley University, Utah State University, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University (3), Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, Washington & Lee University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Washington, University of West Alabama, and Wofford College.

Congratulations, all!
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