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At Cranbrook Schools, college preparation and college counseling mean more than preparing students for the “right” college. They mean preparing students for the college that is ideal for them – and then helping them find it. Our dedicated, full-time college counselors provide expert knowledge about the entire college admissions process.

Cranbrook graduates do very well in college. This "paves the way" for future Cranbrook students to be admitted to the most prestigious schools, because the example of success has been set. In short: college admission officers know and respect Cranbrook's academic excellence and are confident students will succeed after admittance.

Acceptance Rates

Cranbrook's Acceptance Rates Compared to the National Average:

Top 50 National
Universities*
19% more often

Top 50 Liberal Arts
Universities*
58% more often

Top 50 Public
Universities*
47% more often


*U.S. News and World Report

Class of 2018 College Acceptances

List of 5 items.

  • Ivy League Universities

    Class of 2019 Ivy League Acceptances:

    Brown University
    Columbia University

    Cornell University
    Harvard University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Princeton University
    Yale University

    • 18 total admissions representing 11 students
    • 8 students with single admits, 3 students with multiple admits
    bold typface indicates at least one student matriculated

  • "Hidden Ivy" Colleges & Universities

    (A group established in the book, "The Hidden Ivies", 3rd ed. Greene, Howard, M.A., Ph.D.)
    Class of 2019 "Hidden Ivy" Acceptances:

    Amherst College
    Barnard College
    Bates College
    Boston College
    Bowdoin College
    Brandeis University
    Bucknell University
    Carleton College
    Case Western Reserve
    University of Chicago
    Colby College
    Colgate University

    Colorado College
    Davidson College
    Denison University
    Dickson College
    Duke University
    Emory University
    Fordham University
    Georgetown University
    Grinnell College
    Johns Hopkins University
    Kenyon College
    Lehigh University
    Middlebury College
    Northwestern University
    University of Notre Dame
    Oberlin College
    Pomona College
    Reed College
    Rice University
    University of Richmond
    University of Rochester
    Skidmore College
    Smith College
    Stanford University

    University of Southern California
    Southern Methodist University
    Swarthmore College
    Trinity College
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    Vanderbilt University
    Vassar College
    Washington & Lee University
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Wellesley College
    Wesleyan University

    • 121 total admissions representing 81 students
    • 59 students with single admits, 22 students with multiple admits
    bold typface indicates at least one student matriculated
  • Top 50 National Schools

    (U.S. News and World Report, 2018)
    Class of 2019 Top 50 National School Acceptances:

    Boston College
    Boston University
    Brandeis University
    Brown University
    University of California, Berkley
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Case Western Reserve University
    University of Chicago
    Cornell University
    Emory University
    University of Florida
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Harvard University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Lehigh University
    University of Miami
    University of Michigan
    New York University
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania State University
    Princeton University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic University
    Rice University
    Stanford University
    University of Rochester
    University of Southern California
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Virginia
    Washington University in St. Louis
    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    • 284 total admissions representing 123 students
    • 52 students with single admits, 71 students with multiple admits

    bold typface indicates at least one student matriculated
  • Top 50 Liberal Arts Schools

    (U.S. News and World Report, 2018)
    Class of 2019 Top 50 Liberal Arts Schools Acceptances:

    Amherst College
    Bard College
    Barnard College
    Bates College
    Bowdoin College
    Bucknell University
    Carleton College
    Colby College
    Colgate University
    Colorado College
    Davidson Coolege
    Denison University
    Grinnell College
    Kenyon College
    Middlebury College
    Oberlin College
    Occidental College
    Pitzer College
    Pomona College
    Scripps College
    Skidmore College
    Smith College
    Swarthmore College
    Trinity College
    University of Richmond
    Vassar College
    Washington and Lee University
    Wellesley College


    • 46 total admissions representing 32 students
    • 25 students with single admits, 7 students with multiple admits

    bold typface indicates at least one student matriculated
  • Top 50 Public National Schools

    (U.S. News and World Report, 2018)
    Class of 2019 Top 50 Public National University Acceptances:

    The University of Alabama
    Binghamton University
    University of California, Berkeley
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    Clemson University
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Colorado School of Mines
    Florida State University
    University of Florida
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Indiana University
    University of Iowa
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    Miami University, Oxford
    Michigan State University
    University of Michigan
    University of Minnesota
    University of New Hampshire at Durham
    University of North Carolina
    Ohio University

    University of Oregon
    Pennsylvania State University
    University of Pittsburgh
    Purdue University
    Rutgers University – New Brunswick
    Stony Brook University
    University of Arizona
    University of Iowa
    University of South Carolina
    University of Virginia
    University of Vermont
    Virginia Tech
    University of Virginia
    University of Washington
    College of William and Mary
    University of Wisconsin

    • 406 total admissions representing 168 students
    • 60 students with single admits, 108 students with multiple admits

    bold typface indicates at least one student matriculated

College Attendance

Over the past five years, our students have gone on to attend outstanding colleges and universities across the country and around the world. The list below represents the schools most commonly attended by our graduates over the same time:

Amherst College
Babson College
Barnard College
Boston College
Boston University
Butler University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
DePaul University
Duke University
George Washington University
Grand Valley State University
Harvard University
Howard University
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kenyon College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University (OH)
Michigan State University
New York University
Northwestern University
Oakland University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Methodist University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
The Ohio State University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Michigan – Dearborn
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Washington University in St. Louis
Wayne State University
Yale University