Saturday, September 10, 2016

Comparing McCort's Class of '16 to the Class of '88 in their College Plans



In my last post I showed that there was a higher percentage of students at Bishop McCort High School in the national honor society (NHS) in the class of 2016 than in the late 1980's when I was there.  This week I thought I would take a deeper look at which colleges the classmates were attending according to the graduation programs.  I only have the program from my class (1988) and  the alumni newsletter from last years (2016).

First before I discuss the rankings of colleges.  US News and World Report comes out with a well regarded ranking of colleges and universities which universities love to use for marketing to prospective students.  They have a scoring system on a 100 point scale based on factors such as selectivity available resources and 14 other factors.  

I categorized schools according to the US News score.  An elite school had a score of 61-100 (U. of Penn, Johns-Hopkins) a second tier school had a score of 35-60 (Pitt, Penn State), a third tier four year school had a score of 34 or below or were unranked (Indiana (PA) or IUP as we in PA call it, Pitt-Johnstown or UPJ).  Community colleges, jr colleges, or advanced technical schools were 4th tier.  Those who went into the military or were employed were placed in the 5th tier and those who were undecided or deferred for a year were placed in tier 6.  This classification is totally mine and you are welcome to disagree with it.  The listing of all schools, their 2016 US News score (if available), the classification, the school considered, and the number of students going to that school from each class are presented at the bottom of this post.




1988
2016
Category
n
%
n
%
1 Elite
(eg. Penn, CMU)
13
8.78
5
5.15
2 State Univ (eg. Pitt, Penn State)
44
29.73
46
47.42
3 Public (IUP, UPJ)
64
43.24
32
32.99
4 Comm Coll/Tech Sch.
11
7.43
6
6.19
5 Military
12
8.11
1
1.03
6 Undecided
4
2.70
7
7.22
Total
148

97



The table above shows the six categories, the number of students placed in this category for each class, and the % of students out of the whole class in this category.  The median category for 1988 was a 3 and the median category for 2016 was a 2.  There was a slightly higher % of students in the 1st tier in 1988 (8.78%) than in 2016 (5.15%) but there was a much larger % in the 2nd tier (47.42%) in 2016 than in 1988 (29.73%).  The school chosen most often in 1988 was the Pitt-Johnstown campus (UPJ) by 26 students or 17.6% of the total while in 2016 it was Indiana Univ. of PA (IUP) chosen by 15 students or 15.5% of the total.  One student from the Class of '16 was admitted to am Ivy league school, The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business (Donald Trump's Alma Mater).



1988

NHS
no
yes

n
%
n
%
School Ranking
1
6
5.26
7
20.59
2
27
23.68
17
50.00
3
57
50.00
7
20.59
4
9
7.89
2
5.88
5
11
9.65
1
2.94
6
4
3.51
0
0
Total
114
100
34
100
2016

NHS
no
yes

n
%
n
%
School Ranking
1
2
3.03
3
9.68
2
25
37.88
21
67.84
3
25
37.88
7
22.58
4
6
9.09
0
0
5
1
15.15
0
0
6
7
10.61
0
0
Total
66
100
31
100

Drilling down further into the numbers I thought I would take a closer look at national honor society membership in both classes and which colleges they attend.  For both classes the median tier school was 2nd tier for NHS members and for non NHS members it was 3rd tier in both classes.  Because there was a higher percentage of NHS members in the NHS in 2016 it appears that this is what is driving the admissions to 2nd tier schools in 2016.  NHS membership certainly looks good on a college application.

Of course the rankings of colleges change from time to time.  My Alma Mater IUP was ranked as one of the best buys in college education in 1988 and was unranked in 2016.  Mount Aloysius was a junior college in 1988 and is a 4 year college in now.  Cambria Rowe Business College no longer exists.  Also I know that where students were planning to go on graduation day is not necessarily where they ended up finishing.  There is no telling where life leads us.  The Takeaway with John Hockenberry has a good discussion of college admissions.




US News Score
Ranking
School
1988
2016
51
2
American U.
1
0
61
1
Boston U
0
1
79
1
Bucknell U
0
1

3
California (PA)
1
1

5
Cambria Rowe Bus. Coll
1
0

3
Carlow University
2
0
74
1
Carnegie Mellon
2
0
63
1
Case Western Res. U.
1
0
38
2
Catholic Univ. America
2
2

4
Central PA Bus Sch
1
0
49
2
Chatham Univ
0
1

4
Chiyoda Intl. Lang. Acad.
0
1

3
Clarion (PA)
2
2
46
2
Coastal Carolina U.
0
1

4
Conemaugh Sch Nursing
0
2
41
2
Davis & Elkins College
0
2

6
Defer
0
5

4
Devry Inst. Tech
2
0
44
2
Drexel Univ
1
0
40
2
Duquesne Univ.
4
7
65
1
Earlham Coll.
1
0
42
2
Eastern College
1
0

3
Edinboro (PA)
5
1
67
1
Elizabethtown
1
0

5
Employed
4
0

4
EMT
1
0
48
2
Gannon U.
2
0
35
2
George Mason Univ.
0
1

3
Goldey Beacom College
1
0

4
Hagerstown JC
1
0
55
2
Hood College
1
0

4
ICM Sch. Business
2
0

3
Indiana (PA)-IUP
8
15

4
Indiana (PA)-Kittaning
1
0
79
1
John Carroll U.
1
0
90
1
Johns-Hopkins U.
1
0
56
2
Juniata College
3
1
26
3
Kent State
1
0

4
Lee Hosp. Sch. Radiology
1
0
31
3
Mansfield U. of PA.
1
0
49
2
Michigan State
0
1

5
Military
7
1
22
3
Mount Aloysius
6
2
58
2
Mount St. Mary's
1
0
82
1
Notre Dame
2
0
58
2
Ohio State U.
1
0

4
PA Acad. Cosmetology
1
0

4
Penn Highl. Comm. Coll.
0
3
60
2
Penn State
9
1

3
Penn State-Altoona
4
1
54
2
Pitt
2
7

3
Pitt-Johnstown (UPJ)
26
7

4
Pitts, Inst. Aeronautics
1
0
35
2
Point Park U.
0
2

3
Potomac State
1
0
47
2
Robert Morris U.
1
1

3
Salem State U.
0
1
51
2
Seton Hill
0
1
41
2
Shippensburg U.
0
1
43
2
Slippery Rock U
1
3
51
2
St. Francis (PA)
10
4
45
2
St. Vincent (PA)
2
5
27
3
Theil College
1
0
42
2
Tiffin U.
1
0
91
1
U of Penn (Wharton)
0
1
61
1
UC Davis
0
1
62
1
UC Irvine
0
1

6
Undecided
4
2
100
1
Villanova
3
0
57
2
Washington & Jefferson Coll.
1
2
40
2
Waynesburg Univ.
0
3
26
3
West Virginia
5
2
81
1
Wheeling Jesuit College
1
0

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