Ever wonder where Long Islands top high school grads are choosing to go to school?
We have -- so we created an interactive map pin-pointing where 144 of LIs 2011 valedictorians will spend their freshman year this fall. (See map below.)
(There are 146 total valedictorians from LI's high schools -- but two were undecided when we talked to them about their plans.)
Our mapping experiment yielded some interesting results. For example, only a handful of valedictorians chose to continue their education on Long Island, but most won't journey much farther from home -- just 10 valedictorians of the 146 are outside of the New England and Mid-Atlantic areas.
More than 30 percent of LI's valedictorians will be attending the ivy-tinged campuses of the Northeast, with Harvard University being one hotspot. Eight of the valedictorians are headed there, compared with five going to Yale and three to Princeton.
Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania can also expect a cluster of the island's valedictorians, with seven each.
While private education reigns supreme for the incoming freshman -- about 85 percent are opting to attend privately-owned universities -- New York states schools are well-represented.
Just about 10 percent of valedictorians are heading to one of the SUNY, CUNY or community colleges.
-- With Peggy Bustamante, Milani Porter and Alison Bernicker
Green point: Ivy League
Red point: SUNY, CUNY or New York state community college
Purple point: Private college
Yellow point: Public college
Click on a point for more information on a valedictorian.
|Count of College|
|Carnegie Mellon University||2|
|College of the Holy Cross||2|
|Fredonia State University||1|
|Grove City College||1|
|Harvey Mudd College||2|
|Johns Hopkins University||1|
|Macaulay Honors College||2|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||3|
|National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology||1|
|New York University||1|
|Polytechnic Institute of New York University||1|
|Queensborough Community College||1|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||1|
|St. John University||1|
|St. Joseph College||1|
|St. Lawrence University||1|
|Stony Brook University||4|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||1|
|The College of William and Mary||1|
|The Cooper Union||3|
|University of Maryland||3|
|University of Notre Dame||1|
|University of Pennsylvania||7|
|University of Richmond||1|
|University of Southern California||1|
|University of Tampa||1|
|University of Virginia||1|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College||1|
|Western New England College||1|