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CDS Seniors Earn Acceptance to Top Tier Schools

Carrollwood Day School seniors earn acceptance to Duke, Northwestern, Rice, among other top tier schools in the competitive early decision and restrictive early action processes.

The college counseling department at Carrollwood Day School is pleased to announce that several students were accepted to colleges through the early decision I process. Early decision I is a binding commitment made by the applicant that informs a college or university that the student would be willing and able to attend the school if fortunate enough to be offered a place in the incoming class. This application category is an effective tool for students to demonstrate their strong interest in their number one choice school. This year, 21% of the senior class applied early decision I – the highest percentage in CDS history, and 69% were admitted to their first-choice school. We are thrilled and proud of the following students who have been accepted to their first-choice institution:

●      Yazan A.: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

●      Hailey A-S.: Rice University

●      Bryce B.: Wesleyan University

●      Carter C.: Duke University

●      Lily C.: University of Miami

●      Asher G.: Syracuse University

●      Cayden M.: University of Miami

●      Finlay O.: Northeastern University

●      Tarek R.: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

●      Mahir S.: Northwestern University


Additionally, one student was admitted to a school via restrictive early action. Similar to early decision, restrictive early action provides the student with the ability to hear their admission decision earlier in the process and demonstrate their strong interest in attending an institution. Unlike early decision, restrictive early action is non-binding, therefore students are welcome to apply to other schools via regular decision. Congratulations to our student from CDS who have been accepted to their restrictive early action school:

●      Evan H.: University of Notre Dame

CDS eagerly anticipates hearing more news from our students who have applied through early action and regular decision as the academic year unfolds. A sampling of institutions from which CDS students have received early action acceptances thus far includes:

●      Auburn University (five students)

●      Belmont University (three students)

●      Butler University (three students)

●      Case Western Reserve University (two students)

●      Clemson University (four students)

●      College of Charleston

●      Drexel University (five students)

●      Elon University (two students)

●      Emerson College (two students)

●      Indiana University (five students)

●      Loyola University (Illinois) (two students)

●      Loyola Marymount University

●      Marquette University

●      Miami University (Ohio) (five students)

●      Pennsylvania State University (four students)

●      Providence College

●      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

●      Saint Louis University

●      Santa Clara University

●      Stony Brook University

●      The Ohio State University (two students)

●      The University of Texas at Austin

●      University of Arizona

●      University of Georgia

●      University of Puget Sound

●      University of South Carolina

●      University of Vermont (two students)

●      Xavier University (Ohio) (three students)

CDS students have also received acceptances from many of our Florida State University System (SUS) schools, including Florida State University (FSU). FSU allowed FL residents to apply through early action for the first time this year, and while FSU had a 47% acceptance rate overall, 65% of the CDS students who applied were admitted. We expect to receive University of Florida (UF) decisions in late-February. FL state school acceptances include:

●      Florida State University (twenty students)

●      University of Central Florida (thirteen students)

●      University of South Florida (twenty-eight students)


Please join us in celebrating these students' impressive achievements during the early admission process!

A special thank you to the college counseling staff for their dedication throughout the application process for our seniors. For more information about the CDS college counseling department, please visit their webpage.