Where the smart money is going: elite prep school college matriculation
My gifted niece is 12-years-old and my brother is starting to think about where to send her to high school. My brother decided to look into some of the elite east coast prep schools as well as the highly regarded Washington, D.C. area prep schools to see how well they place into college.
Obviously, all of the schools place well into the Ivy Leagues and Stanford, Duke, Chicago and MIT. But I found some interesting information about where students were matriculating who couldn't (or chose not to) matriculate into the Ivy Leagues + SDCM.
My brother looked at Phillips Exeter, Phillips Andover, Hotchkiss, Milton Academy, and Roxbury Latin (among the truly elite east coast prep schools) and Washington International School, Georgetown Prep, Episcopal High School, and Gonzaga in the Washington, D.C. area. (A few of these are all boys schools, but I guess my nephew is 6.)
For the 65-80% of the students who didn't matriculate into Ivy + SDCM, here are some patterns that emerged:
- Georgetown was the single biggest non-Ivy + SDCM target.
- After Georgetown, Williams; Washington University (St. Louis); Trinity College (CT); George Washington; Boston College; Carnegie Mellon; NYU; Vanderbilt; and Tufts were the most consistent significant targets.
- UVA was a consistent target among the prep schools, but among the D.C. area prep schools it was the single biggest target.
- College of William & Mary; Bowdoin; Case Western; Lafayette; Wesleyan; and Colorado College consistently saw a handful of students (1-6) enrolled each year from the various prep schools.
- After UVA, Michigan and Berkeley were the most sought after public universities, followed by UCLA and Illinois - Urbana-Champaign.
- St. Andrews (Scotland) was the biggest international target, with most of the schools seeing a few of their graduates each year enroll.
- One of the most bizarre trends was the fact that Rhode Island School of Design received several students each year from most of the schools.
My brother also found that some of the schools have particular pipelines (based on some patterns in the data):
- Phillips Academy Andover: Georgetown
- Phillips Academy Exeter: Carnegie Mellon; NYU; Tufts
- Hotchkiss: Middlebury; Georgetown; Johns Hopkins; Trinity College (CT); Yale
- Roxbury Latin: Harvard
- Milton Academy: Brown; Columbia
- Gonzaga: Georgetown
- WIS: Berkeley; McGill (Canada)
So, I thought some of this information was interesting. Follow the smart money in investing; follow the smart money in college selection. My brother did all the work, so I thought this might be interesting reading for someone here to see where the smart money is choosing to attend school.