Months after graduation and nearly halfway through their first semester of college, the legacy of Saint Viator’s Class of 2014 remains highly esteemed.
The final numbers reflecting their scholarship awards and college acceptances have been calculated, and they are impressive.
Of the 250 graduates, 188 of them, (75 percent) accepted financial packages from their selected colleges. In total, these packages amounted to approximately $29 million, which is nearly $3 million more than the total scholarship offers received by the Class of 2013.
For the 188 students who reported scholarship offers, the average amount received per person was $153,113, more than $25,000 more than the year before them.
Mrs. Mary Vanderbergh, executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, described the record numbers as significant for the entire Saint Viator community.
“After $1.4 million in scholarship and grant support went to more than 30 percent of our students here,” she said, “that’s an important return on investment.”
Overall, 100 percent of the class was accepted into college. Students were accepted to schools throughout the country, and received scholarship offers from some of most notable, Ivy League schools: Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Cornell universities.
Some of last year’s most popular school choices were the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Notre Dame, Marquette University, DePaul University and Indiana University.
These scholarship statistics were calculated shortly after Saint Viator learned the Class of 2013 average ACT score was 26.3, based on each student’s highest composite score.
A closer look revealed that of the 250 students who took the ACT, the top 25 percent of the class averaged 31.7, while the middle 50 percent averaged 26.2, all well above the state average of 20.7 for the Class of 2014.
“We’re thrilled,” Principal Mrs. Eileen Manno said. “These scores and scholarship offers reflect the rigorous education students receive at Saint Viator over the course of four years.”