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College Admission in a Covid Year

Even during these uncertain times, Germantown Academy seniors are beginning to identify where they will be spending their next school year. As of February 24, 38% of the Class of 2021 (133 students) has enrolled in a college via Early Decision, Early Action, or rolling admission. As for the rest of the class, we have seen more students than typical being deferred by early programs and are awaiting news in March or April.

As a nationwide trend, we are expecting regular decision at the most selective colleges to be uber selective as a result of extreme application growth stemming from the waiver of standardized testing scores and the limitations on visiting college campuses in-person. We also anticipate an increase in the use of wait lists by the most selective colleges, since students have increased the number of colleges to which they have applied. Beyond the top 200 colleges, the admission landscape looks vastly different with colleges extending deadlines to ensure a large enough applicant pool to hit their class goals. Both Common Application data and FASFA completion data reveal that applications among low-income students are down significantly, largely attributed to the pandemic.

As of this writing (February 2021), our students have enrolled in the following colleges and universities:

Boston College
Bucknell University (2)
Dickinson College (2)
Drexel University
Elizabethtown College
Elon University
Emory University
Franklin and Marshall
George Washington University (2)
Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University (3)
Marquette University
Middlebury College
New York University (2)
Pennsylvania State University (3)
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stanford University
Syracuse University
Temple University
The University of Arizona
The University of Tennessee
Tulane University (2)
University of Chicago (2)
University of Miami (2)
University of Pennsylvania (2)
University of Richmond
University of Tampa
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ursinus College (2)
Villanova University (6)
Wake Forest University
Wesleyan University


The College Counseling Office continues to provide seniors and their families, as well as families of sophomores and juniors, with up-to-date information about the college admission landscape so everyone can find their best fit at the school they will call their next home.

Students in the photo are GA alumni.