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College Season

College Season

As Jesuit High School’s student body president, it’s fitting Sergio Farina ’16 would earn a collegiate presidential scholarship.

Farina recently learned he has received the Presidential Scholarship from Boston College – a full scholarship combined with summer international experience, service, and internships abroad for the next four years.

Farina, who also was accepted to Notre Dame and Georgetown, is just one of the many of Jesuit seniors experiencing the exciting and anxious peak of college acceptance season, as Boston College, Notre Dame, and Georgetown are three of many schools to already have sent notifications to high school students across the country.

Last month, the University of Florida accepted more than 1/3rd of Jesuit’s entire senior class, admitting 64 of just under one hundred applicants in a class of 189 total students. Over the past two years, 129 Jesuit students have been accepted to UF out of 182 applicants, nearly 71%. UF’s acceptance rate for all high school applicants typically is just over 40%.

First-round decision at Florida State this year resulted in 66 acceptances and 12 deferrals from 92 Jesuit applicants. Those 12 deferrals are among 24 Jesuit seniors awaiting notification for regular decision at FSU later this month.

The students in the homepage photo along with Farina (who is wearing the BC cap) represent a cross-section of Jesuit seniors who already have made, or are close to making, their college decision:

For Michael Lee ’16, early acceptance to Cal-Berkeley has him strongly considering continuing his education on the Pacific Coast. But Lee expects to have a few more options after applying to several schools that will be sending his notification soon.

Josh Hamilton ’16 earned a scholarship to Loyola of New Orleans, where he plans to major in Music with an emphasis on the business side of the industry. Hamilton, a gifted pianist, auditioned and interviewed at Loyola last month – and emerged with the scholarship.

Gantt Meredith ’16 is “90% certain” he will head to Gainesville this summer after being among the 64 from the Class of 2016 accepted into Florida. One of nine National Merit Finalists at Jesuit this year, Meredith will major in Engineering.

Tommy Shaffer ’16 has made his decision – he accepted an appointment to West Point. A state champion swimmer, Shaffer will join the Cadets’ swim squad at the United States Military Academy.

Among the many colleges and universities Jesuit students have applied to that will be sending notifications in the coming weeks are Northwestern, Tufts, Wake Forest, Michigan, Vanderbilt, and several Ivy League schools. In addition, universities such as Notre Dame, Florida State, and Georgetown, which already had an early decision cycle, soon will announce regular decision.

“We encourage students to find a balance in their college search between academic excellence and the outside-of-the-classroom experience,’’ said Jesuit’s director of college counseling, Fernando Rodrigues. “We work with them to find their best fit. Our students are encouraged to pursue their best options anywhere.”

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