The John Cooper School Students Celebrate National College Decision Day

By: Jessica Holloway
| Published 05/04/2021

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THE WOODLANDS, TX - Today is a special day in college admission. It marks the deadline for students across the country to decide where to attend college. While our seniors have chosen their schools throughout the year, we celebrated this milestone with a class luncheon in the campus courtyard. Yet this day is not just a celebration about where our students will go; it’s also a celebration of how they got there. And most importantly, it’s a time to pause and recognize our students’ transformative growth on their journeys from “Curiosity to Wisdom.”

An open letter from our Director of College Counseling


College admission is, at its heart, about stories, each individual student’s story. This year, our 122 seniors’ college applications included stories about presenting their independent research projects in English and crafting a Rube Goldberg machine in Physics. They wrote about strengthening their confidence in the Glenn Performing Arts Center, growing as leaders on our athletic fields, and refining their problem-solving skills in the Art Barn.

Next year, they’ll continue to write their stories at more than 70 different colleges—a diverse list of schools that beautifully represents their individual backgrounds, goals, and strengths.

And while we can’t wait to hear these future stories, today really is about celebrating. Seniors, we are grateful for your many contributions to Cooper and for your leadership during a year unlike any other. We are proud of how you’ve grown, and we know you’ll continue to nurture the skills you’ve developed here. And of course, we look forward to hearing about the many future milestones in your journeys as lifelong learners.

- Laura Schroeder, Director of College Counseling

Here is a list of schools where our graduating seniors plan to attend next year:

• University of Alabama
• American University
• Bates College
• Baylor University (7)
• Belmont University
• Blinn College (2)
• Brown University
• University of California-Berkeley (2)
• University of California-Davis
• University of California-Santa Barbara
• University of California-San Diego
• Carnegie Mellon University
• Chapman University (2)
• University of Chicago
• Clemson University
• Colorado School of Mines (2)
• Cornell University
• Dartmouth College
• University of Denver
• Dickinson College
• Emerson College (2)
• Emory University
• Emory University’s Oxford College
• University of Florida
• Garden City Community College
• George Washington University (2)
• Georgetown University
• Haverford College
• University of Houston
• Johns Hopkins University
• Lehigh University
• Louisiana Tech University
• University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
• McGill University (2)
• University of Melbourne
• University of Miami
• University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
• Mississippi State University
• Missouri University of Science and Technology
• New York University (3)
• Nichols College
• Northeastern University (2)
• University of Notre Dame
• Pennsylvania State University-University Park (2)
• University of Pennsylvania
• Pepperdine University
• Purdue University (2)
• Queen’s University, Canada
• Rice University (4)
• University of Richmond
• Ringling College of Art and Design
• Santa Clara University
• University of South Carolina-Columbia
• South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
• University of Southern California (4)
• Saint Edward’s University
• Texas A&M University-College Station (14)
• Texas Christian University
• The University of Texas- Austin (4)
• The University of Texas-CAP
• The University of Texas-Dallas (2)
• University of Toronto, Canada (4)
• Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
• Trinity University (2)
• Tulane University (2)
• United States Military Academy (2)
• Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
• Wake Forest University
• University of Washington (2)
• Wellesley College
• Wheaton College, MA
• College of William and Mary
• Williams College

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