Class of 2020 Heading to Top Institutions This Fall

Friday, May 22, 2020

Though the Class of 2020’s time at Mercersburg Academy has drawn to a close, their impact on the school will not be soon forgotten. The senior class has made this an extraordinary year for college and university matriculation—a true credit to their abilities, their hard work, and the college counseling process.

To see the complete list of matriculations, view this special issue of the Mercersburg News.

While Mercersburg has always had strong matriculation lists, the Class of 2020 is noticeably impressive. There are 82 institutions in the lineup, and this year’s bunch is a highly selective group of schools. All told, the seniors received 543 acceptance offers from 240 institutions of higher learning.

Of this year’s senior class, 70 percent were accepted at a U.S. News & World Report Top 50 National University (148 total acceptances at 49 schools) or a Top 50 Liberal Arts College (72 total acceptances at 26 schools). Ninety-three percent were accepted to a Barron’s “Most Competitive” or “Highly Competitive” college or university, and 20 have committed to competing in athletics at the college level.
Among our seniors’ destinations this fall: Bates College, Boston University, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Dickinson College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Haverford College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Tufts University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Richmond, the University of Southern California, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the University of Virginia, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Wake Forest University.

“From the beginning, this class assumed a healthy approach to the college search process,” says Director of College Counseling Mike Conklin. “Students submitted applications to a range of colleges and universities that they felt strongly about and that represented an appropriate spectrum of selectivity for each. They were fully invested in the process of identifying a range of best-fit colleges and universities, which is reflected in their impressive outcomes.”
2020 is another in a long line of senior classes to do Mercersburg proud. Their resilience in the face of extraordinary circumstances these past few months sets them apart, and their leadership and courage in these difficult times has shown their strength of character and the strength of the school community at large.