Celebrating the Class of 2019

VMS Community Blog
May 7, 2019
by Marisa Ferrara, VMS College Counselor


Last Wednesday was National College Decision Day, which is the deadline by which high school seniors commit to the college they wish to attend. During our daily break, the class celebrated the day and were rewarded with a frosty treat from a VMS-parent-owned ice cream truck. Naturally, it was snowing!



For our seniors, this milestone represented the culmination of a four-year college counseling journey focused on self-exploration and discovery with a goal of finding a best fit.

I’m incredibly proud to share a snapshot of the Class of 2019’s future opportunities and the many successes garnered throughout their college search journey.  The college admission process should not be seen so much as a conveyor belt timeline with manufactured task stations, but rather an individualized search focused on self-knowledge, authenticity, autonomy and fit - my favorite four words associated with this extraordinary privilege for which we are all grateful.   

Purpose, really, is what makes the process meaningful. Starting in 9th and 10th grades, we begin intentional discussions with students as a way to direct them to the front and center and ultimately to empower them. It’s more than equipping them with college knowledge; it’s creating the space for them to reflect, to ask and answer the question - what do I want my college experience to look like?  This budding question begins the peeling back of layers of what it is to do smart, critical college research.

Essential to the culmination of the journey is a well put-together application for submission to colleges. For the Class of 2019, the art and science of this mighty endeavor resulted in 185 applications submitted for an admission decision with an average of five per student. Of these, 117 turned into offers of admission from 66 different schools, 20 were waitlist decisions, and 48 were denials.  These numbers represent a healthy mix of prospects that includes varying degrees of likely, probable, and reach schools.

With no two students’ final college lists the same, the following is an alphabetical list of all colleges that offered admission to a member of this year’s graduating class.
  • University of Arizona (3)
  • Bard College
  • Bates College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bucknell University
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Santa Cruz (2)
  • Chapman University (3)
  • College of Charleston
  • Clark University
  • Clemson University
  • Colby College (3)
  • University of Colorado-Boulder (18)
  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • Colorado College (2)
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (4)
  • Dartmouth College
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver (4)
  • Dickinson College
  • Emory University (Oxford)
  • Endicott College
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Gonzaga University
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The University of Iowa
  • Ithaca College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Loyola University-New Orleans
  • Marquette University
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • McGill University, Canada
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Miami
  • Montana State University-Bozeman (7)
  • Montana Tech of The U of Montana
  • University of New Hampshire-Durham
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon
  • Pacific University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Rollins College (2)
  • Saint Louis University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Skidmore College
  • University of Southern California
  • Southern Methodist University (3)
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Swarthmore College
  • The University of Texas-Austin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Vermont-Burlington (2)
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitman College
My hope for every student will always be that, more than any success correlated to their declared college of choice, each can sit back, feel happy and proud about their personal accomplishments and growth, and can confidently say they know themselves better now than when they began their college search. In the end, this will be their best preparation for what lies ahead.

I marvel at the careful process undertaken by our seniors in choosing #mybestfit and wish to congratulate all of our 2019 graduates. I look forward to hearing about their continued life stories of hard work, contribution, wisdom, and joy.  



Above: College Counselor Marisa Ferrara reunites with JP Elmblad ‘16 and Emma Calarco ‘18 at Union College during a recent visit to New York colleges.
 

About Vail Mountain School

Founded in 1962, Vail Mountain School is a K-12, coed, independent school in Vail, Colorado. Our philosophy is to provide a demanding, college preparatory, liberal arts education in an atmosphere of mutual respect between faculty and students, where nurturing a healthy self-concept and stimulating academic inquiry are parallel objectives. Intentionally designed cross-age programs promote role modeling, responsibility, self confidence, and a sense of community. Our location in the Rocky Mountains allows us to integrate the outdoors into the academic and cultural fabric of the school through hut trips, all-school Ski Fridays, and other experiential learning opportunities. The result: our graduates possess a quiet confidence that serves them well in college and in life—confidence to assert themselves in their first college level essays; to raise their hand in a class of hundreds; to live on their own for the first time, to meet with and engage their professors; and to lead among their peers.