According to the final listings for the class of 2012, a strong majority of West Windsor-Plainsboro’s high school graduates will remain in-state to attend college. One trend continued, as Rutgers University drew the highest number of WW-P students by an overwhelming margin.
From High School North’s Class of 2012, 88 students will attend Rutgers University. Eighty-three will be going to the New Brunswick campus, four will go to the Newark campus, and one will go to the Camden campus. Meanwhile, from High School South’s graduating class 70 students will attend Rutgers in the fall. Sixty-one will be going to the New Brunswick campus, seven will go to Rutgers-Newark and two students from South will go to Rutgers-Camden.
Mercer County Community College will also get a high number of WW-P graduates. Thirty-two members of High School North’s class of 2012 and 29 members of South’s class of 2012 are headed to MCCC to begin their collegiate careers.
Also in New Jersey, from South’s Class of 2012, 10 students will study at The College of New Jersey in Ewing while eight students will attend Rider University. Seven students from North will attend Rider while five North graduates will attend New Jersey Institute of Technology. Three students from North will attend the College of New Jersey. Other local colleges WW-P students selected included Monmouth University, Middlesex County College, Kean University, the College of Saint Elizabeth, Seton Hall University, and Montclair State University.
As for Ivy League schools, seven students from WW-P South are set to attend Princeton and five are committed to Cornell University. Three students from South will attend UPenn, while Harvard and Columbia will each get two WW-P South graduates. One student from South will attend Dartmouth and one will attend Brown.
Six members of High School North’s Class of 2012 will attend Princeton, while class valedictorian Payal Marathe will attend Yale (WW-P News, June 8). North’s class of 2012 has two members heading to Cornell; one student from North will attend Barnard College (Columbia) while another, golf prodigy Charles Cai, will attend Dartmouth.
Among other top-ranked colleges, three members of South’s Class of 2012 will attend each of the following institutions: the University of California-Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Chicago. Duke, Northwestern, Tufts University and Georgia Tech will each receive two High School South graduates.
Two High School North students are headed to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Another four will attend Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, two North graduates will attend each of the following schools: Emory University, the University of Michigan, and Tufts. One student from North will attend Colgate University, one will attend Rice University in Houston, and one will go to Georgetown University.
New York University remains a popular pick for WW-P graduates as 12 students from South and 11 students from North are headed for Greenwich Village this fall.
Other top out-of-state destinations for South graduates this year included Michigan (with eight students committed); Drexel University in Philadelphia (seven students) and the University of Delaware (drawing six students from South). Other popular choices included Carnegie Mellon University, The George Washington University, Lehigh University and the University of Rhode Island as each institution drew five students from High School South.
For High School North graduates, top choices out-of-state included Penn State University (eight students), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (seven students), the University of Maryland-College Park (six students) and Carnegie Mellon (four students). Lehigh University, Boston College, Indiana University, and the University of Southern California each drew three students from North. One student from High School North will attend the U.S. Naval Academy while another will another will go to Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.
Of note, the lists of graduating students and colleges they will attend gets reported to the state Department of Education as a cumulative school district, not with the breakdown for each West Windsor-Plainsboro high school.