Head of School Update, April 10: University Acceptances to Date – Class of 2020


    Dear SSIS Parents, 

    Each year, at this time, SSIS hallways and classrooms are full of joyous cheer, and hugs of encouragement as high school seniors receive word of their university acceptances. Even under normal circumstances, this is a nerve-wracking yet exhilarating time. This year, although our resilient seniors are unable to be at each other’s sides physically, we have heard how supportive they have continued to be of one another, using other channels of support. Our University Guidance Office is also continuing their fantastic work with supporting our students and making sure that the seniors’ incredible achievements are not overlooked by holding online events to celebrate them, one which I just had the pleasure of attending this very afternoon.

    And although nothing gives me greater pleasure than to share the university acceptances each year, this year, I am particularly proud of our seniors. During a time of unprecedented global uncertainty, and individual challenges as circumstances have deprived them of the opportunity to enjoy the experiences that should have been, our SSIS seniors have continued to work diligently, focused on the tasks at hand. We couldn’t be prouder. 

    Despite the ongoing global challenges, the university acceptance list of the class of 2020 is remarkable, and results are on par with any elite high school in the world, including international schools, and US boarding schools. Our 74 seniors have received 165 acceptances thus far to 103 individual schools!

    As we appreciate the diverse group of excellent schools on this list, let us remember that it is the result of several months of students’ hard work and clear goals. The admissions process requires that our young people look deeply into themselves to ensure they will be successful in college and beyond, which means taking several things into consideration, such as the academic, social, financial, and geographical fit of their schools of choice.              

    Class of 2020, University Acceptances to Date                                                                                                                                                                                             

    Modul University, Vienna University of Waterloo
    Cornell University York University
    Johns Hopkins University Depaul University
    King’s College London, University of London Trinity University
    Northwestern University University of Cambridge
    UCL (University College London) University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
    University of California-Berkeley Columbia University In the City of New York
    University of California-Davis Brunel University London
    University of California-Irvine Loughborough University
    University of California-San Diego University of Brighton
    University of California-Santa Barbara University of Manchester
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor University of Surrey
    University of Pennsylvania Concordia University
    University of Toronto University of Massachusetts-Lowell
    Hult International Business School Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
    London South Bank University University of Washington-Seattle Campus
    Richmond, the American International University In London University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Birkbeck, University of London Birmingham City University
    Chapman University University of Huddersfield
    Loyola Marymount University University of Salford
    Regent’s University London University of West London
    London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London Northeastern University
    University of Edinburgh Arizona State University-Tempe
    Coventry University Utah State University
    Purdue University-Main Campus Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Technical University of Eindhoven Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    University of Glasgow New York University
    University of Groningen Santa Clara University
    California State University-Los Angeles University of North Dakota
    University of California-Riverside Western Michigan University
    University of Houston Case Western Reserve University
    University of Massachusetts-Boston Grinnell College
    University of California-Los Angeles University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    University of California-Santa Cruz Gonzaga University
    University of Chicago Seattle University
    University of Southern California University of Oregon
    American University University of Portland
    Boston University University of California-Merced
    Fordham University Digipen Institute of Technology
    Saint Louis University Cascadia College
    Syracuse University University of South Carolina-Columbia
    University of Florida Brandeis University
    University of Illinois At Chicago Leiden University
    University of South Florida-Main Campus University of Amsterdam
    Pepperdine University University of Virginia-Main Campus
    University of San Francisco The University of Sydney
    Carleton University Tulane University of Louisiana
    Lakehead University University of Melbourne
    Saint Mary’s University Western Washington University
    The University of British Columbia Emory University
    Trent University The University of Hong Kong


    The list of university acceptances is just one example of the incredible social and emotional fortitude our students have exhibited in the past several months. However, we understand that at times, we all need some extra help and reassurance. That is why counselor, Julia Bui, and Elementary School Psychologist, Jacob Humes held a webinar entitled “SSIS Counselors: Impact of Living through a Global Pandemic “ for parents just yesterday. I encourage you to watch it, as it has several helpful tips.

    Again, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of our SSIS parents. The support that you show this community, and your dedication to your children’s education is what enables us to continue developing programs that allow your children to thrive, regardless of the circumstances. And, as exhibited by our seniors, your support is what enables us to create opportunities for your children to continue to succeed as we, together, send them out into the world.

    All good wishes,


    Dr. Catriona Moran

    Head of School

    Ps. In case you missed our SSIS story, “University Acceptances – An Early Glance,” you will find a few of the students’ individual stories there.