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Congratulations Class of 2020

From statistics to scholarships to athletics, the college admissions story for Class of 2020 exceeded expectations.

From the College Counseling Corner…

Exceeding Expectations

As we review the college counseling and college admission processes for the Class of 2020, we are consumed with gratification for their efforts inside and outside the academy throughout the past four years. The developmental nature of the college counseling process is to afford parents and students information in advance of when most schools begin the college counseling process to arm them with understanding trends, contemporary admissions information, and matching their achievement profile with colleges that will be qualified matches. The Class of 2020 exceeded our expectations with respect to college admission. 

First, the hard statistics….CDS had 98% of the class both apply to and be accepted to at least one Phi Beta Kappa college or university (Phi Beta Kappa designation being the ultimate hallmark of academic quality a college can earn). 100% of the seniors will matriculate to a 4-year college. Additionally and despite Covid-19, Carrollwood Day School has the largest percentage of students committing to out-of-state colleges, as 41% decided to try their hand in a state outside of Florida. This exhibits (to offices of college admission) that our student constituency is mobile beyond Florida and offers universities a better view of who CDS is as a young school. The CDS SAT average continued to climb for the third year as well, now averaging 1264.

  • Applied to Phi Beta Kappa Colleges: 62/63 (98%)
  • Accepted to Phi Beta Kappa Colleges: 61/62 (98%)
     
  • Applied Out of State: 63/66= 95% (New High)
  • Applied In-State= 64/66= 97%
     
  • Students accepted to 4-year colleges: 100%
  • Students attending a 4-year college: 100% (New High)
     
  • Attending college out of state: 41% (New High)
  • Attending college in state: 59%
     
  • Blended ACT/SAT average (centric, taking their best exam): 1263.79 (new high)

Next, the merit scholarship story….The Class of 2020 exceed our expectation in this statistical category as well. Though this year’s class had 66 seniors (compared to last year’s class of 86), the average 4-year merit scholarship award significantly increased. The Class of 2020 had an average 4-year merit scholarship award of just over $190,000, superseding last year’s class record that averaged approximately $160,000.

  • Number of senior students awarded at least one merit scholarship: 80% (53/66)
  • Total Dollars Awarded: $10,990,076
  • Average 4-year award per student: $190,922 (New High)
  • Approximately 70% of our seniors will receive the Bright Futures Scholarship

The scholar-athlete story….CDS had 10 scholar-athletes in the Class of 2020. With only 66 students graduating, this represents approximately 15% of the senior class. More interesting, all of the scholar-athletes will be attending NCAA Division I or II colleges and universities. This is quite rare for a small independent school, most scholar-athletes from schools of our size maneuver into NCAA Division III colleges and universities. This is a great testament to our athletic staff, coaches, and support of CDS administrators and teachers. Congratulations to all!

  • Emma A. - Rollins College-women's soccer (Division II)
  • Haley B. - Lincoln Memorial University-women's volleyball (Division II)
  • Taryionna G. - Towson University-women's basketball (Division I)
  • EJ J. - Drew University-men's fencing (Division I)
  • Nabaweeyah M. - Texas A&M (Corpus Christi)- women's basketball (Division I)
  • Tiasia M. - Colgate University- women's basketball (Division I)
  • Maliyah P. - Rollins College-women's basketball (Division II)
  • Chris S. - Wofford College-men's track & field (Division I)
  • Daniel V. - Florida Institute of Technology-men's baseball (Division II)
  • Haley W. - Jacksonville University-women's soccer (Division I)

Matriculation….The Class of 2020 will be matriculating to the following colleges and universities:

Name College

Ayra A.
Reidel A., Jr.
Emma A.
Nisanth A.
Emma B.
Anjali B.
Kayla B.
Haley B.
Gunnar B.
Kara C.
Siddharth C.
Nathan C.
Matthew D.
Massena F.
Zoey F.
Emily F.
Annie F.
Jay G.
Tarriyonna G.
Alisis G.
Marshal G.
Christian H.
Elizabeth H.
Joshua J.
EJ J.
Jared J.
Joseph J.
Aksheta K.
Reece K.
Alexander K.
Hailey K.
Dominic L. S.
Evan M.
Nabaweeyah M.
Tiasia M.
Hailey M.
Erik N.
Jordan O.
Emily O.
Trent P.
Neha P.
Krish P.
Sarena P.
Maliyah P.
Damien R.
Kourosh R.
Isabella R.
Kenyaa R.
Madison S.
Mia S.
Tyler S.
Sofia S.
Caroline S.
Christopher S.
Daniel S.
Isabella S.
Alexander T.
Casey T.
Abbey V.
Daniel V.
Frank V.
Chiara V.
Jake W.
Tionna W.
Bria W.
Haley W.

George Washington University
University of South Florida
Rollins College
University of South Florida
Flagler College
University of Miami
University of Maryland-College Park
Lincoln Memorial University
University of Miami
Florida State University
University of South Florida
University of South Florida
Florida State University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Emory University
Pace University- New York
Florida State University
Towson University
University of Miami
Florida State University
University of Florida
Florida State University
University of Florida
Drew University
Syracuse University
Loyola University Chicago
Dartmouth College
University of Virginia-Main Campus
University of Florida
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Florida State University
University of South Florida
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Colgate University
University of South Florida
Auburn University
University of Mississippi
Florida State University
University of South Florida
University of Georgia
University of South Florida
University of Florida
Rollins College
Samford University
Purdue University- Main Campus
Boston College
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
Rollins College
Florida State University
Loyola University Chicago
Wofford College
University of South Florida
University of Mississippi
Florida State University
Clemson University
Florida State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Cornell University
Liberty University
Florida State University
Florida State University
Loyola University Maryland
Jacksonville University

Where our students have been accepted over the past two years….It is always worthwhile to calculate how our students are doing, independent of where they matriculate. Often, the acceptance list of where students are admitted is a better indicator of how CDS and our students are perceived by colleges throughout the United States and abroad. The list exhibits a growing acceptance rate among the most competitive colleges in the United States and a diverse geographical representation of states. Please find the following list of colleges and university where our seniors have been admitted the past two years and the current US News ranking of each school (numbers in parenthesis are how many have been accepted to each university in the past two years from CDS).

Tier I Colleges Accepted: Class of 2019 and 2020 (Top 100 National University Category/ US News)

  • #9- Northwestern University
  • #12- Dartmouth College
  • #17- Cornell University (2)
  • #21- Emory University (2)
  • #21- UC Berkeley
  • #22- University of Southern California
  • #24- Georgetown University
  • #25- University of Michigan
  • #27- Wake Forest University (2)
  • #28- University of Virginia (5)
  • #29- Georgia Tech (2)
  • #29- NYU (2)
  • #29- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • #29- University of Rochester (3)
  • #34- University of Florida (49)
  • #37- Boston College (5)
  • #37- UCSD (University of California at San Diego)
  • #40- Boston University (5)
  • #40- Case Western Reserve University
  • #40- The College of William & Mary
  • #40- Northeastern University (2)
  • #46- University of Wisconsin (2)
  • #48- University of Illinois (2)
  • #50- Lehigh University
  • #50  RPI (3)
  • #50- Pepperdine University (2)
  • #50- University of Georgia (17)
  • #54- Ohio State University (5)
  • #54- Santa Clara University (6)
  • #54- Syracuse University (4)
  • #57- Florida State University (56)
  • #57- Penn State University (7)
  • #57- Purdue University (7)
  • #57- University of Miami (18)
  • #57- University of Pittsburgh (2)
  • #62- Rutgers University (2)
  • #64- Loyola Marymount University (3)
  • #64- Southern Methodist University (6)
  • #64- University of Connecticut (2)
  • #64- University of Massachusetts (2)
  • #64- University of Maryland (8)
  • #70- Clemson University
  • #70- George Washington University (3)
  • #70- University of Minnesota
  • #74- Fordham University (6)
  • #75- Stevens Institute of Technology
  • #74- Virginia Tech (4)
  • #77- American University (6)
  • #79- Baylor University (7)
  • #79- Indiana University (5)
  • #84- Elon University (7)
  • #84- Marquette University
  • #84- Michigan State University (4)
  • #84- University of North Carolina State (5)
  • #84- University of California (Santa Cruz)
  • #91- Miami University-Ohio (4)
  • #91- University of Delaware
  • #91- University of San Diego (3)
  • #97- Drexel University (4)
  • #97- TCU (3)
  • #97- University of Denver (2)
  • #97- University of San Francisco (3)

Tier I Colleges Accepted: Class of 2019 and 2020 (Top 100 Liberal Arts Category/ US News)

  • #7- Carleton College
  • #7- Middlebury College
  • #11- Colby College
  • #17- Colgate University (2)
  • #23- University of Richmond (2)
  • #25- Barnard College
  • #27- College of the Holy Cross (2)
  • #27- Kenyon College (2)
  • #35- Bucknell University (2)
  • #38- Franklin and Marshall
  • #39- Lafayette College (2)
  • #39- Skidmore College
  • #43- University of the South (2)
  • #45- Union College
  • #46- Furman University (4)
  • #53- Rhodes College (3)
  • #57- Spelman College

Tier I Colleges Accepted: Class of 2019 and 2020 (Top 100 Regional Category/ US News)

  • #1- Providence College (3): North 
  • #1- Trinity University (TX): West
  • #1- Butler University (4): Midwest
  • #1- Rollins College (19): South
  • #5- Xavier University (3): Midwest

Specialty Schools:

  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Otis College of Art and Design

International Universities:

  • McGill University (Canada)
  • American University of Paris (France)
  • ESCP- London (UK)
  • Newcastle University (UK)
  • University of Birmingham (UK)
  • University of Leeds (UK)
  • University of Liverpool (UK)
  • University of Manchester (UK)
  • Sophia University (Japan)
  • Waseda University (Japan)