Madelaine Zaleski, Oyster Bay High School's valedictorian, is off to...

Madelaine Zaleski, Oyster Bay High School's valedictorian, is off to the University of Pennsylvania to study physics. Credit: Handout

Ever wonder where Long Island’s top high school grads are choosing to go to school?

We have --  so we created an interactive map pin-pointing where 144  of LI’s 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.

Manhasset High School's Raymond Luong can look forward to earning the most frequent flyer miles, as he's traveling the furthest and going to Stanford University in California.

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.

But New York’s own Cornell University takes the title as the number one school for LI’s brightest minds. Thirteen valedictorians are off to the Ithaca campus.

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 state’s 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

Map color key:
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
College Total
Adelphi University 1
American University 1
Amherst College 1
Bentley University 1
Binghamton University 3
Boston College 2
Boston University 3
Bowdoin College 1
Brandeis University 1
Brown University 3
Bucknell University 1
Carnegie Mellon University 2
College of the Holy Cross 2
Columbia University 2
Cornell University 13
Dartmouth College 6
Dowling College 1
Duke University 1
Fordham University 3
Fredonia State University 1
Georgetown University 7
Grove City College 1
Hamilton College 1
Harvard University 8
Harvey Mudd College 2
Hofstra University 2
Johns Hopkins University 1
Macaulay Honors College 2
Manhattan College 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3
Molloy College 2
Muhlenberg College 2
National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology 1
New York University 1
Polytechnic Institute of New York University 1
Princeton University 3
Providence College 1
Queens College 1
Queensborough Community College 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
Rice University 1
Rutgers University 1
Siena College 1
Smith College 1
St. John‚ University 1
St. Joseph‚ College 1
St. Lawrence University 1
Stanford University 1
Sterling College 1
Stony Brook University 4
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1
SUNY Geneseo 1
Swarthmore College 1
The College of William and Mary 1
The Cooper Union 3
Tufts University 2
Undecided 2
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
Vanderbilt University 1
Villanova University 1
Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College 1
Webb Institute 1
Wesleyan University 2
Western New England College 1
Williams College 3
Yale University 5
Yeshiva University 1
Grand Total 146

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