THS graduates in college at 13-year high

Trumbull high graduates are going to college at a higher rate than ever before.

THS graduates are going to college at a higher rate than ever before.

The number of Trumbull High School students who graduated last June and have headed off to colleges this fall is “the highest in 13 years,” Guidance Department Chairman Cathy Hilser and Principal Marc Guarino told the Board of Education at a meeting Tuesday night, with 79% of the 522-member Class of 2015 attending four-year colleges and another 13% enrolling at two-year institutions.

The administrators added that more than half of the graduates are attending public colleges — one-third of those in Connecticut, with 44 graduates attending UConn.

While applications to the “most competitive” and the “highly competitive” institutions were up dramatically, Trumbull High was virtually shut out of the Ivy League, with but a single student at Cornell, another at Dartmouth and a third at Yale.

Board member Joseph Peddle asked why highly competitive schools were shunning Trumbull graduates.

Hilser explained that applying for early decision improves a student’s probability of acceptance, but acceptance means students committing to attend that school. Because financial aid is often a critical element, and because families often compare financial aid packages from school to school, early acceptance may also serve as a deterrent, she added.

Hilser said her department handled “over 3,000 applications,” as an increasing number of students avail themselves of higher education.


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  • Kristy Ludlam Waizenegger

    It concerns me a bit that college enrollment has become almost the sole measure of a good high school. College is not for everyone and there are many trade jobs and other professions that don’t necessarily require a 4 year degree. We should be aiming to turn out students that are productive and self supporting and that can be accomplished in ways other than college. We’re pointing everyone in the same direction, assuming it’s best for all of them.

  • Jim Lynch

    “Highly competitive” means only Ivy League? Since when? Ivy League schools aren’t shunning THS students, Mr. Peddle, it’s the other way around. Students are looking for schools that fit their personality, career goals and desired curriculum (and budget). If that fit is not of the very few Ivy’s in existence, oh well. Too bad they’ll have to choose from UCLA, West Point, UVA, Emory, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Duke and those other crappy non-Ivy’s. Gosh, I hope they make out OK without an “Ivy” degree. Something tells me they’re smart enough to know what’s best for themselves.

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