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 250 colleges and universities. 

Where do SYA students go to College?

Ten or more SYA alumni enrolled in undergraduate programs at the following schools from 2013 - 2018:

Brown University

Cornell University

George Washington

Georgetown University

Middlebury College

New York University

Tulane University

University of California

University of Chicago

University of Pennsylvania


U. of Southern California

University of St. Andrew’s

Wesleyan University

Yale University

Five or more SYA alumni enrolled in undergraduate programs at the following schools from 2013 - 2018:

American University

Barnard College

Colby College

College of William and Mary

Colorado College

Columbia University

Dartmouth College

Hamilton College

Harvard University

McGill University

Northeastern University

Oberlin College

Princeton University

Scripps College


Skidmore College

Smith College

Stanford University

University of Texas

Wellesley College

Williams College



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 at the SYA schools (PSATs, SATs, SAT Subject Tests, and AP tests)
  • 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.