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The Class of 2015's College Acceptances

Posted: 4/22/2015

Another college admissions season is winding down and excitement abounds at HSP. We are delighted with the opportunities ahead of our 10th graduating class. The Class of 2015 is considering their offers and getting prepared for life as alumni.

Our seniors have received 187 acceptances from 97 different colleges and universities. We continue to have strong acceptance rates at many institutions, including several universities that have admitted 100% of the HSP students who applied: The University of Alabama (9), Auburn University (8), Kennesaw State University (8), Berry College (5), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (4), University of Mississippi (4), Furman University (4) , Georgia Southern University (4), Case Western Reserve University (3), Mississippi State University (3), College of Charleston (3), College of the Holy Cross (2), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2), The Catholic University of America (2), and many more.

Seniors received acceptances from the following universities. Those in bold at the top will have the privilege of having an HSP alum at their campus this fall:

American University
Auburn University
University of Central Florida
Clayton College & State University
Davidson College
Georgia College
Kennesaw State University
Michigan State University
University of Tennessee, Martin
United States Naval Academy
The University of Alabama
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
Ave Maria University
Belmont Abbey College
Berry College
Boston College
Boston University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
Case Western Reserve University
The Catholic University of America
College of Charleston
University of Chicago
Clemson University
College of Coastal Georgia
University of Connecticut
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University
Fairfield University (University College)
The University of Findlay
Florida State University
Furman University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Regents University
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia State University
The University of Georgia
Harvard University
High Point University
College of the Holy Cross
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana University at Bloomington
The University of Iowa
Ithaca College
James Madison University
University of Kentucky
LaGrange College
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynn University
Marymount Manhattan College
Mercer University
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
New York University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
University of Notre Dame
Oglethorpe University
Ohio Wesleyan University
University of the Pacific
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Presbyterian College
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Queens University of Charlotte
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
University of Rochester
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Sacred Heart University
Salve Regina University
Samford University
Seton Hall University
Seton Hill University
University of South Carolina
Stetson University
Trinity College
Tulane University
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University
Young Harris College

Triple Threat
Harvard, Yale, or Princeton: how would you decide? It’s precisely the decision that HSP’s Head Girl, Meredith Jones, is in. She was thrilled to receive Early Admission to Harvard, but she has more options on the table today to consider – including two additional Ivy League schools. When asked how she’ll decide, Meredith said that her college visits have been extremely beneficial and “the advice from family and mentors - and prayers - will hopefully lead me down the right path.”

The “Fit”
Drew Vincent, HSP’s Head Boy, was awarded the prestigious Park Scholarship from North Carolina State University in March. He went through rounds of interviews and an on-campus gauntlet of activities to showcase his talent and personality. After meeting him, NC State confirmed what we all knew: Drew is quite impressive. However, Drew has decided to decline the Park Scholarship in favor of attending Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. The advantages of a business school within a world-renowned technical research university and their 96% undergraduate job offer rate couldn’t be denied. “I felt at home at Tech,” Drew said of his choice between NC State and Georgia Tech.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
As of today, our seniors have amassed an incredible pool of scholarship offers: a grand total of over $4.5 million dollars. The primary reason behind Mrs. Dean’s November 1 deadline is to ensure that our students are qualified and considered in the first rounds of scholarship and financial aid awards from colleges and universities. All this, on top of their rigorous coursework and active participation as leaders at HSP, is an amazing snapshot of the talent in the class of 2015. Sixteen individual seniors received scholarship offers totaling over $100,000. This scholarship total doesn’t include HOPE award amounts or the savings from AP coursework at HSP that will earn many students college credit after graduation. Our seniors will take 61 AP exams in the first weeks of May – the potential for college credit is through the roof!

On May 1, all seniors will be required to "commit" to one of the colleges who have offered them admission. To celebrate, Mr. Curtin is going to allow the seniors to show their commitment on their shirts! The seniors will be wearing their chosen college's gear on May 4 (Monday) and we will commemorate the day with a Class Photo. We would love to encourage families to participate as well. Help our students celebrate by donning the gear of your alma mater and catch a photo with them on campus. Remember to tag HSP when you upload it. The faculty will also be wearing their alma mater attire as a way to make new connections with our soon-to-be alumni.

Weighing their Options
While some of our seniors are absolutely sure of their college destination, others are using the month of April to make final trips to admitted student days and to compare financial aid packages. Please keep these young people and their parents in your prayers as they discern the best next step.

HSP's Unique, Intensive College Counseling Curriculum
As these favorable updates are coming in, Mrs. Dean has already begun the college planning process with juniors. Eleventh-graders have embarked on an 18-month, intensive journey with Mrs. Dean that will include:

• meeting with Mrs. Dean one-on-one
• registering for Senior Year classes
• considering SAT and ACT strategies
• researching potential careers
• choosing which colleges to visit
• planning an enriching summer
• prioritizing and rounding out a resume
• writing and revising college essays
• identifying and applying for scholarships
• selecting and approaching teachers for letters of recommendation
• applying to their best-fit colleges

Mrs. Dean enjoys being able to take a complicated process and break it down into manageable steps for students. Sometimes, this is their first real taste of personal responsibility and finite deadlines. Each year after having completed this process, our seniors comment on how much more they understand about the way the world works and how to prioritize their tasks. They also ultimately appreciate the early timeline to which Mrs. Dean holds them, which takes the pressure off of their final semester of school. It’s such a wonderful transformation.

We’re excited to share with you that Holy Spirit Prep, has recently partnered with YouScience, creator of the innovative new program called the YouScience Profile.  Through the revolutionary intersection of aptitudes, interests and personality, the YouScience Profile will help students discover their unique set of talents and Mrs. Dean will assist our students in making more informed decisions when it comes to major and career-related choices.  We are personally inviting parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend a YouScience Kick-Off Presentation before we unveil the program to our students.  Because of the importance of this program in aiding our students, we are offering multiple sessions on the Upper School Campus on April 15 for parents to attend.  If you haven’t RSVP’d yet to Mrs. Dean, please do so today!

As a Holy Spirit Prep family, you are already in the college counseling curriculum that Mrs. Dean has created. She is available as a resource to every HSP family from preschool through 12th grade. Mrs. Dean begins official meetings with parents about the college planning process in their students' 5th and 6th grade years. Mrs. Dean's college counseling curriculum begins in 7th and 8th grade with developing the skills essential to successful college planning, including study skills, leadership development, and extracurricular participation. It is a curriculum unique among Atlanta's independent schools, and which sees our students matriculate not only to the best universities in the country and around the world, but to those colleges and universities that are the best fit for each student.