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Westlake's Class of 2012 Ready for College Success

THORNWOOD, N.Y. – Many members of the Westlake High School class of 2012 are looking to keep their ties to New York, as three of the top five most popular schools the seniors applied to this year are in the empire state – Fordham University, SUNY Cortland and Marist College.

Westlake Guidance Curriculum Leader Nick DiPaolo said that applications to SUNY colleges continue to increase, which he attributes to financial times.

“SUNY enrollment is up again,” DiPaolo said.  “It’s a sign of economic times and the federal government not giving students reasonable loan interest rates.”

Over 80 percent of the class of 2012 will attend a four year college this fall, up slightly from the class of 2011.  DiPaolo said this year’s class applied to more college’s than any other class in Westlake’s history.  Fordham University was the most popular school with 37 students applying, up from 19 students in the class of 2011 and just behind it with 36 students applied was SUNY Cortland, up from 29 last year.  The University of Delaware, Marist and Villanova University rounded out the top five most popular schools among the Wildcats this year.

DiPaolo said that class of 2012 was able to look at many different schools through various college trips and fairs that the school hosted during the students’ earlier years at Westlake.

“It gets the ball rolling, which is why we offer those opportunities to the students during their sophomore and junior year,” DiPaolo said in regards to college fairs and trips.  “For a senior, visiting a college for the first time is a bit late.”

In addition to attending four-year schools, DiPaolo said that three students from the class of 2012 will pursue an ROTC program next year, up from one student in the class of 2011.

Members of the class of 2012 will attend other highly-selective colleges next fall such as NYU, Bucknell University and Cornell University.  DiPaolo said he believes this class is ready to take on the next step of their life by storm.

“This class is a nice, kind bunch,” DiPaolo said.  “They’re eager to experience the world as evident by a whopping 96 students choosing to enter senior internships.”

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