College Admission 2012

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Collectively, Athenian’s 73 recent graduates were accepted by 147 colleges and universities nationwide!  This is a particularly impressive feat given the record low admission rates this year.

100% of the Class of 2012 will be attending a four-year college or university.

  • 63% will attend a private college
  • 37% will attend a public college
  • 18% will attend the University of California
  • 35% will remain in California
  • 56% will go east of the Rocky Mountains
  • 2% will go out of the country

As students narrow down their list of schools, we encourage them to think about fit.  Athenian students end up going to a broad range of schools, each matched to a college or university that will enable them to pursue their individual goals and aspirations.  Many of this year’s students will be attending schools that prioritize environmental sustainability; 26 of the universities have LEED certified buildings and 23 have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.  A few have chosen to go to universities that support their specific interests: budding engineers will head off to Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; aspiring artists will go to Parsons: The New School of Design and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; and several soon-to-be successful business people will go to Babson College and NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Not surprisingly, due to the emphasis on finding an individual fit, there are only a handful of universities which attract more than one Athenian.  They are:

New York University 7
Chapman University 3
Drexel University 3
UC Berkeley 3
Oregon State University 2
The George Washington University 2
UC Davis 2
UC Santa Cruz 2
University of Vermont 2

A Sample of Universities Students Were Admitted to

Morehouse College: the only all male, historically black university in the country has graduated the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Shelton “Spike” Lee, Herman Cain, Walter Massey, Shakir Stewart, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Pitzer College: requires students to engage in a “Social Responsibility,” either through coursework that includes a community service component, or through non-academic service to the school.

Carleton College: ranked #1 for undergraduate teaching at a national liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report, known for it’s 9 to 1 student-faculty ratio.

The George Washington University: located four blocks from the White House, more than 90% of its students have internships on Capitol Hill, with leading NGOs, and other local organizations.

Muhlenberg College: like Athenian, Muhlenberg educates the whole person with a focus on “understanding the diversity of human experience” through liberal arts education.

Oberlin College: the first coeducational college in the United States, Oberlin graduates go on to earn more PhDs than any other university in the country.

Swarthmore: joining the “no-loans movement,” Swarthmore  students earn an education debt-free while engaging in Community-Based Learning at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.

Reed: produced 32 Rhodes scholars, second only to one other liberal arts college, and has a primarily student-run nuclear reactor.

Barnard: the all women counterpart to Columbia University, has one of the top five career service centers and graduated Margaret Mead, Zora Neale Hurston, Martha Stewart, Jacqueline Barton, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

University of Michigan: one of the largest research institutions, offers thousands of research opportunities for undergraduates and has spent over $1 billion on research in one academic year.


This year’s class was accepted to the following colleges and universities.  Fourteen of the universities students were admitted to are highly selective** and an additional 50 schools are considered very selective*.

*American University
Arizona State University
*Babson College
**Barnard College
Belmont University
*Boston College
*Boston University
Bradley University
*Brandeis University
*California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Chico
California State University, East Bay
*California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Sacramento
*Carleton College
*Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
*Chapman University
*Colgate University
*College of William and Mary
*Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
*Connecticut College
**Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Dominican University of California
Drew University
Drexel University
**Duke University
Eckerd College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – FL
Emmanuel College
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
*Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University
*Fordham University
*Franklin and Marshall College
**Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Goucher College
Hampshire College
Hofstra University
Howard University
Humboldt State University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Ithaca College
**Johns Hopkins University
*Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
*Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University New Orleans
*Marist College
McDaniel College
Mount Holyoke College
*Muhlenberg College
*New York University
*Northeastern University
*Oberlin College
*Occidental College
Oregon State University
*Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University, New York City
Pacific University
Parsons The New School for Design
Pennsylvania State University, Abington
**Pitzer College
*Reed College
*Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary’s College of California
*San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
*Scripps College
Seattle University
*Skidmore College
*Smith College
Sonoma State University
Suffolk University
**Swarthmore College
*Syracuse University
The American University of Paris
The College of Wooster
The Evergreen State College
*The George Washington University
The University of Arizona
The University of Montana, Missoula
**Tufts University
**Tulane University
*Union College
University at Buffalo The State University of New York
University College London
*University of British Columbia
**University of California at Berkeley
*University of California at Davis
*University of California at Irvine
**University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Merced
University of California at Riverside
*University of California at San Diego
*University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at Santa Cruz
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver
*University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of La Verne
*University of Massachusetts, Amherst
*University of Miami
*University of Michigan
University of Nevada, Reno
*University of New Hampshire
University of Oregon
**University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
*University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
*University of Rochester
*University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
**University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
University of Utah
University of Vermont
*University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Washington State University
**Washington University in St. Louis
Western New England University
Wheaton College MA
Whitman College
Whittier College
*Willamette University

Data was compiled from a variety of sources, including U.S. and World News Report and The New York Times The Choice Blog.