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Most Catholic high school grads pursue higher
archived from: 2010-11-09
by: William Hill

More than 900 graduates from Class of 2010 enrolled in schools

Ninety-eight percent of the more than 1,000 Class of 2010 graduates from local Catholic high schools are furthering their education beyond high school.

In a closer look, 969 of the 1,031 graduates were enrolled in college, and 38 were in career programs (including 14 in the armed forces and four in job corps/mission careers), while 19 were undecided and five were either employed or seeking employment when the report was compiled at the end of September.

Some 298 graduates, or nearly 30 percent, chose among 35 Catholic colleges and universities, with Duquesne University as the top choice with 10 percent (101). Thirty-four other Catholic institutions, both local and around the country, have a Pittsburgh presence this fall. In Pennsylvania, the institutions include Carlow, Gannon, Immaculata, La Roche, Mercyhurst, Mount Aloysius, St. Francis, St. Joseph, St. Vincent, Seton Hill and Villanova.

The remaining 23 institutions include, in Ohio, the University of Dayton, John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, Franciscan University and Xavier University.

Others are Boston College, Catholic University of America, College of the Holy Cross, DePaul, Fordham, Georgetown, LaSalle, Loyola (Chicago), Loyola (Maryland), Marquette, Marymount, Marywood, Mount St. Mary’s, St. Louis, St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, Trinity, Notre Dame and Wheeling Jesuit.

Among other local schools, the highest number of enrollees from Catholic high schools include the University of Pittsburgh, second with 57 enrolled (plus another 31 combined at the Johnstown and Greensburg campuses), and Penn State, 44 (with another 36 at the branch campuses in Altoona, Beaver, Behrend, McKeesport and New Kensington).

The top 15 colleges in terms of attracting recent local graduates, in addition to Duquesne, the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, include Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny Campus, 71; Robert Morris, 49; St. Vincent, 29; University of Dayton, 23; Slippery Rock, 22; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 22; La Roche, 21; Allegheny College, 20; California University of Pennsylvania, 19; CCAC South Campus, 17; University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, 17; and Point Park University, 15.

Among the total of 169 colleges and universities selected, students also chose several other top-ranked universities, including Boston University, Brandeis, Brown, Bucknell, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, the University of Chicago, Cornell and Columbia.

Also, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Ohio State, Purdue, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Syracuse, Tufts, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington and Jefferson, and Yale.

Eight of the dozen high schools had 100 percent of graduates pursuing further education: Aquinas, Bishop Canevin, Mount Alvernia, Oakland Catholic, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Quigley, St. Joseph, Serra Catholic and Vincentian, while the other four ranged from 96 percent to 99 percent.




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