National College Decision Day

An open letter from our Director of College Counseling

Today is a special day in college admission. It marks the deadline for students across the country to decide where to attend college. While our seniors have chosen their schools throughout the year, we celebrated this milestone with a class luncheon in the campus courtyard. Yet this day is not just a celebration about where our students will go; it is also a celebration of how they got there. And most importantly, it is a time to pause and recognize our students’ transformative growth on their journeys from “Curiosity to Wisdom.”

College admission is, at its heart, about stories, each individual student’s story. This year, our 122 seniors’ college applications included stories about presenting their independent research projects in English and crafting a Rube Goldberg machine in Physics. They wrote about strengthening their confidence in the Glenn Performing Arts Center, growing as leaders on our athletic fields, and refining their problem-solving skills in the Art Barn.

Next year, they will continue to write their stories at more than 70 different colleges—a diverse list of schools that beautifully represents their individual backgrounds, goals, and strengths.

And while we cannot wait to hear these future stories, today really is about celebrating. Seniors, we are grateful for your many contributions to Cooper and for your leadership during a year unlike any other. We are proud of how you have grown, and we know you will continue to nurture the skills you have developed here. And of course, we look forward to hearing about the many future milestones in your journeys as lifelong learners.

     - Laura Schroeder, Director of College Counseling
Here is a list of schools where our graduating seniors plan to attend next year:  

University of Alabama 
American University 
Bates College 
Baylor University (7) 
Belmont University 
Blinn College (2) 
Brown University 
University of California-Berkeley (2) 
University of California-Davis 
University of California-Santa Barbara 
University of California-San Diego 
Carnegie Mellon University 
Chapman University (2) 
University of Chicago 
Clemson University 
Colorado School of Mines (2) 
Cornell University 
Dartmouth College 
University of Denver 
Dickinson College 
Emerson College (2) 
Emory University 
Emory University’s Oxford College 
University of Florida 
Garden City Community College 
George Washington University (2) 
Georgetown University 
Haverford College 
University of Houston 
Johns Hopkins University 
Lehigh University 
Louisiana Tech University 
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 
McGill University (2) 
University of Melbourne 
University of Miami 
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 
Mississippi State University 
Missouri University of Science and Technology 
New York University (3) 
Nichols College 
Northeastern University (2) 
University of Notre Dame 
Pennsylvania State University-University Park (2) 
University of Pennsylvania 
Pepperdine University 
Purdue University (2) 
Queen’s University, Canada 
Rice University (4) 
University of Richmond 
Ringling College of Art and Design 
Santa Clara University 
University of South Carolina-Columbia 
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 
University of Southern California (4) 
Saint Edward’s University 
Texas A&M University-College Station (14) 
Texas Christian University 
The University of Texas- Austin (4) 
The University of Texas-CAP 
The University of Texas-Dallas (2) 
University of Toronto, Canada (4) 
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 
Trinity University (2) 
Tulane University (2) 
United States Military Academy (2) 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
Wake Forest University 
University of Washington (2) 
Wellesley College 
Wheaton College, MA 
College of William and Mary 
Williams College 

From Curiosity to Wisdom
The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

The John Cooper School seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. The School does not discriminate against any individual in admissions, educational programs, personnel policies, general practices, or employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, physical disability, or age.