Rutgers Prep Class of 2024 Starts Strong
A visitor to Rutgers Prep in the days immediately following last year’s June graduation might have been surprised to see a significant number of RPS Class of 2024 students here on campus, getting an early start on their college applications. That same visitor returning in early 2024 would be treated with the sight of some of those hard-working young people beginning to reap the rewards of their hard work. Over 90% of this year’s graduating seniors filed at least one application through an Early Action or Early Decision admissions process, which means that many of them have already heard good news from at least one of the schools to which they have applied. In fact, as of this writing, this year’s class of 110 students has already garnered over 320 offers of admission!
Many of our seniors have been offered admission through Early Action programs including Georgia Tech, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Rutgers, Tulane, and the University of Southern California amongst others; these students will have until May 1 to finalize their choices. Seniors who have received binding Early Decision offers from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Chicago, Emory, Howard, Lehigh, Marist, Muhlenberg, NYU, Northwestern, UPenn, and Vanderbilt—to name just a few!—are effectively finished with their college process. As is often the case, many of our recruited athletes were part of the group of early applicants, so they, too, are largely “all set” when it comes to their college plans. But some colleges have yet to release their Early Action decisions, and those applications filed through a Regular Decision plan won’t typically receive a final decision until closer to April, so there are still plenty of seniors who are currently learning just how challenging waiting can be.
This year’s admissions cycle is shaping up to be an unusually tumultuous one, from Rutgers University’s move to the Common Application generating a dramatic increase in total application numbers there, to the US Department of Education struggling to fulfill its goal of creating an easier federal financial aid program. This year’s seniors have certainly faced some unexpected challenges. Yet a visitor to campus today would find them working hard, celebrating their successes, weathering their disappointments, and supporting each other every step of the way.
Rutgers Prep is pleased and proud to support our seniors as they each prepare to make the very most of the opportunities offered by their next learning community, and we look forward to more good news in the months ahead.