April 2, 2016 | KL Community

St. Mary’s – China 2016 Graduates Gain Admission to Top US Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges

St. Mary’s – China 2016 Graduates Gain Admission to Top US Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges

For the 104 graduating students across five St. Mary’s campuses in China, spring is an exciting time of completing final academic and extracurricular projects, enjoying time with friends, and eagerly anticipating admissions decisions from colleges and universities across the United States and world.

With notifications now in, the St. Mary’s Class of 2016 has gained acceptance to a diverse array of America’s finest colleges and universities, from large research universities in California to small liberal arts colleges on the East Coast.

“Our students at St. Mary’s campuses in China share a genuine passion for learning and a commitment to their communities that shines through in their application materials,” said Doreen Liu, Director of College Counseling for the network. “Their academic interests and professional goals are as diverse as the institutions to which they have applied.”

Success with US News and World Report Top 50 National Universities: Over one quarter of the class (27%) has received admissions offers to universities ranked among US News and World Report’s Top 50 National Universities:

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Large US Research Universities Dominate Institution Mix: Three in four admissions offers received by the class (75%) were from large US research universities such as Emory, Wake Forest, and the University of California system, among many others. The remaining offers are from US liberal arts colleges such as Bucknell, Lafayette, and Union (11%); universities outside the US such as York University, the University of Melbourne, and the University of British Columbia (9%); and US art institutes such as Savannah College of Art and Design, Parsons, and Pratt (5%).

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Institutions across the US Recognize the Quality of Our Graduates: US institutions extending admissions offers span the US from coast and coast, and include urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Among the 100 institutions admitting members of the St. Mary’s – China class of 2016 are:

• Research universities: Emory University, Wake Forest University, the University of California system (UC – Santa Barbara, UC – San Diego, UC – Irvine, UC – Davis, UC-Santa Cruz, UC-Riverside, and UC-Merced), Boston University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Pennsylvania State University System (Penn State-University Park, Penn State-Beaver, and Penn State-Lehigh), Northeastern University, University of Florida,  University of Miami, University of Washington – Seattle, Ohio State University – Columbus, Pepperdine University, University of Maryland – College Park, University of Connecticut, George Washington University, University of Georgia, Purdue University, Syracuse University, University of Pittsburgh, Fordham University, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Virginia Tech, Rutgers University, Baylor University, American University, Michigan State University, Indiana University – Bloomington, University of Massachusetts System (UMass-Amherst and UMass-Boston), The University of Delaware, University of Iowa, Miami University, University of Denver, State University of New York System (SUNY-Binghamton, SUNY-Stony Brook, and SUNY-Buffalo), University of Vermont, University of Colorado – Boulder, North Carolina State University, Florida State University, Drexel University, University of New Hampshire, University of Oregon, Iowa State University, University of San Francisco, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of South Carolina, Temple University, University of Arizona, DePaul University, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, University of Kentucky, Hofstra University, Oregon State University, Washington State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, University of South Florida, University of Rhode Island, East Carolina University, San Francisco State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, California State University System (Cal State Chico, Cal State Fresno, and Cal State Fullerton), Drew University, Marshall University, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, University of Pittsburgh – Bradford, University of Washington – Bothell, Western Washington University, Bentley University, Bryant University, Seattle University,

• Liberal arts colleges: Bucknell University, Lafayette College, Union College, Skidmore College, Franklin and Marshall College, Dickinson College, Bard College, Sewanee – The University of the South, Gettysburg College, Lasell College

• Art institutes: Savannah College of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pratt Institute, Academy of Art University

• Universities outside the US: University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, York University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Groningen, University of Amsterdam, University of British Columbia, University of Technology – Sydney, University of Western Ontario, University of Sydney

In the coming weeks we’ll meet some of these graduates and learn about their experiences and aspirations first-hand.

St. Mary’s of Medford, Oregon was founded in 1865, and launched its first branch campus in China in 2012 in partnership with Massachusetts-based educational group KnowledgeLink. The network has thrived, growing to five full high school campuses (grades 10-12) in Guiyang, Pinghu, Shanghai, Shunde, and Wuhan, and a newly-established Zhengzhou campus (grade 10) in 2015-2016.


KnowledgeLink partners with mission-driven schools such as St. Mary’s School to bring exceptional educational programming to students worldwide. For more information on the St. Mary’s – KnowledgeLink partnership, visit https://www.kleducation.org/research/white-paper-001/ to request a copy of our white paper “Expanding Mission, Reach, and Access Globally: One US School’s Experience Establishing Branch Campuses Abroad.”