Where do high school students apply for college?

     Arcadia High School offered students a chance to tour various Ivy League and other Northeastern universities this Spring (see article), then discovered that they couldn’t round up enough students to make the trip happen.  
    College Counselor Laurie McQuaid complied some interesting stats about which colleges the students apply to, where they’re accepted and where they ultimately attend.
    The most applied-to and most-attended colleges were UC Irvine and UC San Diego.  

4572-arcadia chart.jpgBut what was even more interesting to ponder the acceptance and attendance rates at some of the elite schools.

    Sixteen students applied to Caltech and both of the students accepted there wound up attending. None of the 13 who applied to rival MIT got in.
    Similarly, 16 applied to Yale. Two were accepted, but none went there. At Princeton, one of the 11 students who applied got in, but that student didn’t attend.
    Other students were accepted to Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Georgetown and Boston College, but wound up not going there.
    It makes me curious along with McQuaid, who said, ““Did they not realize that it snows (there)?
Did the school not offer their major? Was there a better school that
they got into? Was it too expensive? Did they not get the financial aid
they wanted?”