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College Acceptance Stats
College Acceptance Stats
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Setting Records Each Year

Each class of graduating seniors from Carrollwood Day School is extraordinary and the Class of 2020 is no exception. As this year's seniors send off their college applications, we are confident that they will build on the successes of the classes before them. Carrollwood Day School's College Counseling program begins working with upper school students and their parents in their freshman year to help them discover the most competitive match/fit for each CDS student. Here is a look back at the notable achievements of CDS's most recent graduating classes.

Class of 2019 College Stats

The colleges and universities in which students from the most recent two graduating classes were accepted (see below) was geographically diverse with the vast majority of students being admitted to a Top 100 National University or Top 100 Liberal Arts College.  Every student completed a curriculum of academically challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) courses (widely considered by colleges to be the most rigorous curriculum available to secondary school students) and participated in a variety of activities outside the classroom. They demonstrated talent and leadership as scholars, artists, athletes, and volunteers to our community. We are proud to include these students in the distinguished group known as CDS alumni.

100% of the Class of 2019 (86 students) were offered admission into 4-year colleges and universities. Here are some additional statistics for this most recent graduating class:

  • 97% accepted to at least one Phi Beta Kappa college or university
  • 78% overall acceptance rate for all applications submitted
  • 91% applied to at least one in-state college/university
  • 83% applied to at least one out-of-state college/university
  • 72% accepted to at least one out-of-state college/university
  • 5 acceptances to international universities
  • 93% were awarded at least one unsolicited academic/merit based scholarship
  • The total number of scholarship dollars awarded was $15,600,000 (not including Bright Futures)
    •  New CDS record (previous high was $9,828,537)
  • The average 4-year award per recipient was $163,496
    • New CDS record (previous high was $144,653)

The Classes of 2018 and 2019 have been accepted to U.S. News & World Report top 25 nationally ranked institutions including: Northwestern University (#10), Cornell University (#10), Georgetown University (#22) and University of Virginia (#23), as well as nationally top-ranked liberal arts colleges: Carleton College (#5) and Middlebury College (#5), Colby College (#18), Barnard College (#25), and University of Richmond (#25). They also garnered acceptances to nearly a dozen top-5 ranked regional colleges and universities.

In Florida, the CDS Class of 2019 far surpassed the increasingly selective acceptance rate for Florida public universities. University of Florida, #35 in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings for national universities, has a 2019 acceptance rate of 27%; notably, 68% of applicants from CDS received acceptances. Similarly, Florida State University, #70 in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings for national universities, has a 2019 acceptance rate of 33%; notably, 72% of applicants from CDS received acceptances.

The 86 seniors of the Class of 2019 was the largest class in CDS history and were well-prepared to enter 35 colleges and universities across the United States this fall. In all, students matriculated to colleges or universities in 16 states. 64 seniors are attending colleges or universities in Florida, while out-of-state locations that welcomed CDS students include: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Hawaii, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.

Classes of 2018 and 2019

Acceptances to US News & World Report
Top 100 National Universities

  • #10  Northwestern U.
  • #10  Cornell U.
  • #22  Georgetown U.
  • #23  U. Virginia (3)
  • #27  Tufts U.
  • #27  U. Michigan (2)
  • #27  Wake Forest U. (2)
  • #30  NYU (3)
  • #30  U. North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  • #33  U. Rochester
  • #35  Georgia Tech (2)
  • #35  U. Florida (44)
  • #38  Boston College (4)
  • #41  UC San Diego (3)
  • #42  Boston U. (4)
  • #42  Case Western U.
  • #44  Northeastern U. (4)
  • #44  Tulane U. (2)
  • #46  U. Georgia (10)
  • #46  U. Illinois (2)
  • #49  Villanova University
  • #49  RPI (2)
  • $49  U. Wisconsin (2)
  • #53  Lehigh U. (2)
  • #53  Syracuse U. (3)
  • #53  U. Miami (23)
  • #56  Purdue U. (9)
  • #59  Penn State U. (5)
  • #59  SMU (5)
  • #63  George Washington U. (4)
  • #63  U. Maryland (6)
  • #66  Clemson U. (18)
  • #70  Florida State U. (51)
  • #70  Fordham U. (8)
  • #70  Steven’s Institute of Technology
  • #70  UC Santa Cruz (2)
  • #70  U. Pittsburgh (2)
  • #76  U. Minnesota
  • #76  Virginia Tech U. (4)
  • #78  American U. (3)
  • #78  Baylor U. (4)
  • #80  NC State U. (2)
  • #80  Stony Brook U.
  • #80  TCU (4)
  • #85  Michigan State U. (5)
  • #85  U. San Diego (2)
  • #89  Indiana U. (3)
  • #89  U. Delaware (3)
  • #96  Miami University (4)
  • #96  U. Colorado
  • #96  U. San Francisco (7)
  • #96  U. Denver (2)

US News & World Report
Top 100 National Liberal Arts

  • #5   Carleton College    
  • #5   Middlebury College
  • #18 Colby College
  • #25 Barnard College
  • #25 U. Richmond
  • #30 Kenyon College
  • #35 College of the Holy Cross (2)
  • #36 Bucknell U.
  • #36 Lafayette College
  • #43 Denison U. (2)
  •  #46 Centre College
  • #49 University of the South (3)
  • #51 Furman U. (5)
  • #51 Rhodes College (2)
  • #68 Beloit College
  • #76 Allegheny College
  • #81 Muhlenberg College
  • #90 New College of Florida
  • #95 Augustana College

US News & World Report
Top 5 Regional Universities

(North)

  • #2   Providence College (3)
  • #3   Bentley University (4)
  • #5   Loyola University –MD (2)

(South)

  • #1   Elon University (5)
  • #2   Rollins College (17)
  • #5   Stetson University (38)

(Midwest)

  • #1   Butler University (4)
  • #1   Creighton University

(West)

  • #2   Trinity University (2)
  • #3   Loyola Marymount University
  • #5   Chapman University