BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Nearly all of last June’s 460 graduates of Ridge High School continued their education, with more than 90 percent enrolling in four-year colleges. The most-applied to school for the Ridge class of 2018 was Penn State.

Another 5.5 percent of the class is going to a two-year school and 4.3 percent planned to join the military, get a job, taking a gap year or do something else.

Information was presented to the Bernards Township Board of Education on Jan. 7 by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Kristin Fox and Stephanie Smith, director of school counseling.

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More 2018 Ridge students (86) applied to Penn State than any other university. Second was New York University with 64, followed by Maryland at 62 and Fordham at 59. The numbers for Penn State and Maryland were lower than the class of 2017, but there were more applications to NYU and Fordham.

Schools getting more attention from the 2018 Red Devils graduating class were Purdue University, Lehigh University, Emory University, University of Pittsburgh and Boston College.

Indiana University and Loyola University (Maryland) drew less interest than the 2017 class.

A slightly higher percentage (15 percent) of students applying to Ivy League schools was accepted, compared to the previous two years (13 and 11 in 2017 and 2016, respectively). Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., saw the most Ivy League applications from Ridge students with 55. Ten students are attending. Only 10 Ridge students in total are attending the seven Ivy League schools besides Cornell.

The University of Pennsylvania was second in applications at 31 and Princeton third at 18.

More Ridge graduates (7.6 percent) are attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick than any other single school. Second is Somerset County’s Raritan Valley Community College at 5.2 percent, with Penn State (3.4), Maryland (3.0) and Indiana (2.6), and NYU (2.4) next.

Students sent out an average of seven applications, about the same as the last four years. There were a total of 3,327 versus 3,486 in the class of 2017, which was larger at 487.

Five of eight students chose to stay in the Northeast for school, with more than 61 percent attending schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts. 

According to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, more than half (54 percent) of Ridge students in the classes 2014-16 are still enrolled. There are no records on 38 percent. It took four years for 73 percent of Ridge students from 2010-13 to earn a four-year degree, and less than four for another 14 percent.

Early decision and early action applications continue to grow

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