Colleges and SYA
Students graduate from SYA as global citizens who are ready to tackle future academic and professional challenges at college and beyond. In the past five years, SYA alumni matriculated at approximately 185 colleges and universities.
Where do SYA students go to College?
Ten or more SYA alumni enrolled in undergraduate programs at the following schools from 2016 - 2020:
George Washington University
New York University
University of California
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
U. of Southern California
University of St. Andrew’s
Washington University in St. Louis
Five or more SYA alumni enrolled in undergraduate programs at the following schools from 2016 - 2020:
Claremont McKenna College
College of William and Mary
University of Colorado
University of Miami
University of Michigan
U. of North Carolina
University of Texas
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
How do SYA students prepare for college from abroad?
Juniors and seniors stay engaged in the college process while they are abroad. While at SYA, students receive all of the support that they need to prepare for and apply to college. In addition, SYA students master the important soft skills like critical and creative thinking, independence, and adaptability, that colleges and 21st-century employers are looking for.
During their year at SYA, students have the ability to:
- Take standardized tests such as the PSATs, SATs, SAT Subject Tests and AP tests at each SYA campus. Students may have the option to take the ACT in a nearby city.
- Take online and in-person SAT prep courses
- Utilize Naviance, a web-based college counseling program
- Meet regularly with the SYA College Counseling Liaison to discuss post-graduation goals and expectations for college applications
- Continue their relationship with their college counselor from their sending school to ensure that they will be on track with their peers
- Complete and submit college applications
In addition, the majority of SYA students write their college essay on their SYA experience and request a letter of recommendation from an SYA faculty member.
"Colleges are looking for students who will succeed in unfamiliar and academically challenging environments. SYA alumni check all of the boxes."
"I now know more about what I want to study and with that I could look more into major offerings at colleges to make sure they had what I wanted."
"SYA impacted my college application by granting me the sense of maturity that comes with living in a foreign country for a year as well as by truly challenging my world view. I believe that these two aspects of my experience allowed me to express myself in a detailed and interesting way in my college essay."
"SYA definitely strengthened my application."