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TJ grads headed to prestigious colleges

The student newspaper of The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the elite magnet program for some of Northern Virginia’s brightest teenagers, published its annual report of college destinations for the graduating class last Friday.

According to TJ Today, the class of 2013 is sending students to every Ivy League school and graduates will enroll at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Local universities will also be be the destinations of Thomas Jefferson alumni: about 65 seniors will head to William and Mary next fall, the most in the past five years.

But the number of students heading to the University of Virginia (86) is the lowest since 2009 and those enrolling at Virginia Tech (21) is the lowest since 2010.

Below is a rundown comparing the college destinations for the class of 2013 and their peers from years before.

The classes of 2012 and 2011 headed to the fewest number of different universities, about 79 each year. The class of 2009 sent students to more than 103 colleges. The class of 2013 will head to about 82 colleges across the country.

The lists below represent only a sliver of the schools chosen by the Thomas Jefferson graduates. Unsurprisingly, the most popular schools for the science and math students at TJ tended to be colleges with historically strong engineering programs.

The class of 2013:

Brown University: 7

California Institute of Technology: 7

Carnegie Mellon University: 10

Columbia University: 5

Cornell University: 19

Dartmouth College: 6

Georgetown University University: 3

George Washington University: 4

Harvard University: 3

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 11

University of Pennsylvania: 6

Princeton University: 10

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 6

Stanford University: 8

United States Air Force Academy: 1

U.S. Military Academy: 3

U.S. Naval Academy: 3

University of Virginia: 86

Virginia Tech: 21

William and Mary: 65

Yale University: 1

The class of 2012:

Brown: 6

Cal Tech: 6

Carnegie Mellon: 10

Columbia: 5

Cornell: 18

Dartmouth: 3

Georgetown: 2

GWU: 2

Harvard: 4

MIT: 11

Penn: 6

Princeton: 12

Rensselaer: 3

Stanford: 9



UVA: 105

Virginia Tech: 25

William and Mary: 55

Yale: 4

The class of 2011:

Brown: 3

Carnegie Mellon: 14

Columbia: 7

Cornell: 13

Dartmouth: 2

Georgetown: 8

Harvard: 6

MIT: 13

Penn: 4

Princeton: 10

Rensselaer: 1

Stanford: 7



UVA: 106

Virginia Tech: 31

William and Mary: 56

Yale: 7

The class of 2010:

Brown: 7

Cal Tech: 3

Carnegie Mellon: 8

Columbia: 6

Cornell: 17

Dartmouth: 7

Georgetown: 4

GWU: 3

Harvard: 3

MIT: 15

Penn: 9

Princeton: 10

Rensselaer: 1S

Stanford: 8




UVA: 91

Virginia Tech: 30

William and Mary:60

Yale: 10

The class of 2009:

Brown: 5

Cal Tech: 5

Carnegie Mellon: 10

Columbia: 4

Cornell: 8

Dartmouth: 11

Georgetown: 3

GWU: 5

Harvard: 7

MIT: 15

Penn: 6

Princeton: 11

Rensselaer: 1

Stanford: 6




UVA: 104

Virginia Tech: 19

William and Mary: 63

Yale: 6

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.



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