Many alumni will remember spring as a time when the corridors are abuzz with seniors who are anticipating news about their college applications. In recent years, the process – and the results – have gone through a few changes. Merve Ashaboğlu RC 91, co-director of RC’s Overseas College Counselling Office, explains:
“The last two years have proven to be unprecedented in the college application cycle. The effects of the pandemic were felt worldwide and left their mark on admissions as well, with significantly increased application numbers, driven in part by new test-optional policies, virtual admission visits, and increased international and financial aid applicants. A further knock-on effect was felt by the inability to offer in person IB/ A-Level finishing exams in 2021 which led to admission decisions being made on predicted grades alone. Furthermore, some students, electing out of an online college experience, opted for a gap year in both the US and across other global markets leading in some cases to a smaller freshman class intake for the next cycle.”
Despite the challenges, Robert College students have done well in overseas acceptances this year, with 98% of the approximately 100 students who applied abroad receiving an acceptance. The students have applied most to the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Canada and Italy. They have impressive acceptances across top ranked global colleges and universities including Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Imperial, Tu Delft and more. Numerous RC 22 students were awarded scholarships and collectively, the 4-year total for scholarship earned by this class was $17 million, an impressive increase of 30% over last year.
The final news of where the Class of ’22 is headed will be published in the fall after the Turkish university placements are finalized.