Dulwich boys enjoyed record successes with North American university applications this year, with 17 students receiving offers. While the Ivy Leagues were well represented (Columbia – Boris Ter-Avenesov, Princeton – Dexter McChesney, Cornell – Matthew Robinson) as well as the ever-popular Californian universities (Stanford – Kerem Tezcan, UCLA – Iakov Fuks and Matthew Cen OA), this year our students broadened their range to include top universities in the Midwest (Chicago – Andreas Naudts & David Jaffe, Purdue – Marcellus Chang OA, Wash U – Olly McNeil) and the South (SMU – Sebastian Fallowfield, Georgia – Joseph Abouchar). Four of our students were accepted to Canadian universities (Toronto – Ryan Cunningham & Mustafa Zafar, McGill – Manav Maini & Paul Marc). Dexter McChesney was additionally accepted to the highly prestigious Brown/RISD dual degree programme, a five-year course that takes fewer than 20 of its 700 applicants.
The wider picture of applications to UK universities for the 2019 cohort including recent OA leavers is no less impressive, with more than 900 offers secured across the full range of academic disciplines. Alleynians were awarded conditional and unconditional places by all the Russell Group universities, excepting Queen’s University, Belfast, with 29 from Oxford or Cambridge. Within the Russell Group, and excluding Oxford and Cambridge, the following five institutions gained the highest number of firm acceptances from Dulwich students: UCL (23), Durham (21), Bristol (20), Exeter (20), Imperial (15). Courses in the wide fields of Engineering and Economics each yielded 100+ offers; Geography, History and Law (all 50+) were the next most numerous, followed closely by Physics, English and Computer Science.
Rolls Royce has offered James Barnett a Degree Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering. 37,000+ students applied for a variety of engineering apprenticeships, and James is one of just 19 students who has been granted a place. Additionally, we are delighted that four boys (Stuart Nimmo, Edward Norman, Ned Ramirez Condor, Fergus Thomas) have secured places on the prestigious Art Foundation Course at Kingston University, while James Young will take up a competitive place on the UAL Camberwell College of Art Foundation Course.
Throughout the application process, members of the Higher Education Department at the College have provided their full support for every pupil. We congratulate all offer-holders on their fine achievements, and wish those boys well who have deferred university entry until 2020 in order to embark on ambitious gap year undertakings.