College Outcomes for the Class of 2022

With the May 1 decision deadline behind us, the 2021–2022 college admissions season is in the books—history books, that is. Colleges and universities saw a twenty-two percent overall increase in applicants this year, leading to the most competitive admissions landscape ever recorded. 

The wave of applicants was fueled, in part, by the continuation of test-optional admissions policies, a thirteen percent increase in Common App submissions, and encouraging leaps in applications from students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Pandemic-related gap-year deferrals and throngs of Early Action and Early Decision applicants also helped drive up competition at the nation’s most prestigious schools—and thrust a new cohort of colleges and universities well into “reach” territory.

“Commonwealth students' college results are bright spots to the most competitive college applications year on record,” says Sophia Meas, Director of College Counseling. “I'm grateful to our teachers, parents, and students who carried on with courage and care throughout the whole college process.”

Despite the looming hurdles, and buoyed by Ms. Meas’ expertise, the Commonwealth School Class of 2022 persevered: All thirty-one seniors were accepted to one or more of their preferred schools. Ninety percent will attend a highly selective institution, notable in a season of staggeringly low acceptance rates. 

The Class of 2022’s chosen colleges and universities, listed below with the number of students attending each, represent a breadth of interests and institutions as unique as students themselves.

  • Barnard College (1)
  • Brandeis University (1)
  • Brown University (1)
  • Carleton College (1)
  • Duke University (1)
  • Harvard College (1)
  • Haverford College (3)
  • Johns Hopkins University (1)
  • Macalester College (1)
  • Middlebury College (1)
  • MIT (1)
  • New York University (2)
  • Northeastern University (1)
  • Northwestern University (1)
  • Reed College (1)
  • Smith College (1)
  • Tufts University (1)
  • UMASS Amherst (3)
  • University of California, Berkeley (1)
  • University of Michigan (1)
  • University of Oxford (1)
  • University of Pennsylvania (1
  • Wellesley College (2)
  • Wesleyan University (1)
  • Williams College (1)

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