Where the Smart Kids Are Going to College 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012


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As RI's seniors don caps and gowns statewide this month, it's time to discover where the top seniors are attending college in the fall.

As Rhode Island's senior class graduates this month in ceremonies from Woonsocket to Westerly, from public, parochial, charter, technical and independent schools, here is a look at where the top 3 students at RI's high schools are going to college in the fall of 2012.

2012 trend: Financial pragmatism.

According to Christina Spaight O'Reilly, Director of Communications for the Providence Public School District, numerous high-achieving seniors got into "brand name" colleges and universities but are choosing to attend less glamorous institutions because of more attractive financial aid. “When looking at the college choices of Providence’s top grads, as with many urban communities and increasingly with others," she says, "it is worth noting that top students have been accepted to numerous prestigious and sought-after colleges and universities. Their final plans, though, are often driven by the offer of a financial package that makes college affordable and realistic in these difficult financial times."

Where the top grads of 2012 are going

Bay View Academy: Brown University, Williams College

Beacon Charter High School: Johnson & Wales University, University of Rhode Island

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Many of RI's top seniors choose to attend local schools, including URI (pictured), Brown, Bryant, Salve Regina, and Providence College.

Bishop Hendricken High School: Hamilton College, New York University, Tulane University

Bishop Keough Regional High School: Bryant University, Providence College, Quinnipiac University

Blackstone Academy: Assumption College, Bryant University, College of the Holy Cross

Block Island High School: Delaware Valley College, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont

Burrillville High School: Babson College, Case Western Reserve University, Stonehill College

Central High School: Rhode Island College

Central Falls Senior High School: Brown University, Syracuse University, University of Rhode Island

Classical High School:  Brown University, Harvard University, McGill University

Chariho Regional High School: Colgate University, Lehigh University, University of Rhode Island

The William B. Cooley Sr. High School & The Providence Academy of International Studies @ The Juanita Sanchez Complex*: Attending college in Bolivia, Rhode Island College

Coventry High School: Salve Regina University, University of Rhode Island

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Engineering calls to RI's top grads at schools like Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Carnegie Mellon. Photo: WPI.

Cranston High School East: Brown University, Ithaca College, University of Delaware

Cranston High School West: Boston College, Harvard University, Providence College

Cumberland High School: Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, University of Rhode Island

Davies Career & Technical School: Electrical Apprenticeship/CCRI, Rhode Island College, Salve Regina University

East Greenwich High School: Bowdoin College, Princeton University

East Providence High School:  Boston College, United States Military Academy at West Point, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

E-Cubed Academy: Bentley University, Rhode Island College

Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School: Brown University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island

Hope Arts High School: College of the Holy Cross, Rhode Island School of Design, Salve Regina University

Hope Information Technology High School:  Ithaca College, Johnson & Wales University, University of Rhode Island

Johnston Senior High School: Rhode Island College, Simmons College, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Jorge Alverez High School: College of the Holy Cross, Providence College, Rhode Island College

La Salle Academy: Boston College (all three attending the honors program)

The Lincoln School: Barnard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Swarthmore College

Lincoln Senior High School: Denison University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland

The Met School: Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University

Mt. Pleasant High School: Providence College, University of Rhode Island

Mount Saint Charles Academy: Harvard University, Providence College

Moses Brown School: Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College

Narragansett High School: Brown University, University of Southern California, Yale University

North Kingstown High School: Brown University, Swarthmore College, University of Virginia

North Smithfield High School: Boston University, Georgetown University, University of Rhode Island

Pilgrim High School: Brown University

Ponaganset High School: University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Rhode Island, Yale University

Portsmouth Abbey: Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Duke University

Portsmouth High School: Brown University, The College of William & Mary, Northeastern University

The Prout School: Emerson College, Texas Christian University, University of Connecticut

Providence Career and Technical Academy: Community College of Rhode Island, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Rhode Island

Rogers High School: Boston University, Harvard University, Providence College

Scituate High School: Northeastern University, Providence College, University of Pennsylvania

Shea Senior High School: Boston University, Brown University, Smith College

Smithfield Senior High School: Bryant University, Stonehill College, University of Rhode Island

South Kingstown High School: Hamilton College, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania

Saint Raphael Academy: Boston College, Harvard University, University of Rhode Island

Tiverton High School: Bristol Community College, Brown University, Roger Williams University

Toll Gate High School: Boston University, High Point University, University of New Haven

William E. Tolman Senior High School: Johnson & Wales University, Salve Regina University, University of Rhode Island

Warwick Veterans High School: Elon University, Suffolk University (honors program)

West Warwick Senior High School: Entering the US Military, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island

The Wheeler School: Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania

Woonsocket High School: Harvard University, Old Dominion University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Notes: Schools appear in alphabetical order for each high school. Some high schools released only the information about their top one or two seniors; some schools do not officially rank their students and therefore would not participate.

*WIlliam B. Cooley High School and Providence Academy of International Studies have recently merged; this is the resulting high school's new name.


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