THE NUMBERS ARE IN, AND for the fourth year in a row, Mississippi State University is the top choice among Northside graduates.
This fall, 273 seniors say they will attend the Starkville university, while 252 will be attending the University of Mississippi.
Another top choice for Northside graduates include Holmes Community College, with 153 Northside graduates expected to go to one of the college’s campuses when school starts this fall.
Holmes’ numbers were boosted by Germantown and Ridgeland High School, which will be sending a combined 96 students to the two-year institution this fall.
Meanwhile, Hinds Community College also made a strong showing, helped in part by Murrah High School. Seventy-eight Mustangs are opting to attend the college to pursue their higher education.
The top choice for Madison Central, the Northside’s largest graduating class, was Ole Miss, with 45 seniors planning to go there this fall. Mississippi State was a close second, with 41 seniors choosing the Starkville university. From there, 32 students said they were attending Holmes Community College, while 12 were planning to attend Hinds Community College, and 10 were planning to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Seven students were planning to go to the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), while six each were enrolling at the University of Alabama and Mississippi College.
Four students were each enrolling at Louisiana State University (LSU) and East Mississippi Community College; three were planning to attend Northwest Community College and two each were planning to attend Duke University and the University of Memphis.
One student each said they were going to Delta State University, Northeast Community College, Jones College, Meridian Community College, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Waterloo, Marion Military Institute, Centre College, Delta Technical College, Samford University, Xavier University, Washington and Lee University, Arizona State University, Birmingham Southern University, Texas College, Belhaven University, Coahoma Community College, Rhodes College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the University of Central Arkansas, George Washington University, University of Tennessee, University of Texas, University of Missouri, University of Arkansas, St. Louis University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia, Louisiana Tech University, University of Illinois, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Baptist College of Health and Sciences.
LIKE MADISON CENTRAL, 45 seniors from Jackson Prep are also going to Ole Miss, with 40 going to State.
Six Prep graduates will be going to Alabama, while three each will be going to USM, Mississippi College and Hinds, and two will be going to Millsaps College.
One student each is planning on pursuing degrees at Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Auburn University, Belmont University, the College of Charleston, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Elon University, Harding College, Jones Community College, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Missouri State University, Northeast Mississippi, the University of the Ozarks, Samford, Texas Christian University and Washington University in St. Louis.
OLE MISS IS also the top choice for Jackson Academy’s graduates. Thirty-two JA seniors are going to the Oxford campus, while 19 will be going to MSU and six will be going to Mississippi College.
Three students will be attending USM, while two each will be attending Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Tougaloo College.
JA will also have representatives elsewhere, with one student each planning to attend Dartmouth University, Staffordshire University United Kingdom, Alabama, LSU, Wofford College, Texas Christian, Morehouse College, University of North Texas, Howard University, the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, Jackson State University, Hinds, Southern University and Holmes CC.
At press time, three students had not decided where they would attend.
ST. ANDREW’S Episcopal School will be sending 17 students to the University of Mississippi this fall, making Ole Miss the most popular choice for graduating Saints.
Ten students will be going to MSU, while four will be going to Rhodes College. A trio of students each will be going to Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the University of Southern California, and LSU.
Two students from St. Andrew’s are slated to attend Samford, the University of California at San Diego, the Ohio State University, Elon University, Rice University, and Tulane University of Louisiana.
Students are also headed elsewhere, with one graduate each going to Harvard, Yale University, Cornell University, Stanford University, Augustana College, Birmingham Southern, MC, USM, Notre Dame, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the U.S. Military Academy, Boston College, Middlebury College, Williams College, Brigham Young University, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, the University of Montana, the University of Oregon, Emory University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse, Hinds, the University of Richmond, Rollins College, the University of Maryland – College Park, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Lipscomb University, Baylor University, Grinnell College, Washington University and Xavier University of Louisiana.
MISSISSIPPI STATE proved to be the top choice for students at St. Joseph Catholic School and Madison-Ridgeland Academy (MRA).
St. Joe will have 13 seniors attend MSU in the fall, with 10 planning to attend Ole Miss, and eight graduates heading south to USM.
From there, two Bruin graduates each are going to Samford, Southern University, Jackson State University (JSU), Meridian Community College, Millsaps College and Jones Community College.
One student each will be attending Xavier University in New Orleans, Holmes, UAB, Northwest Community College, SMU, St. Joseph Seminary College, Belhaven University, Hinds CC, LSU, Mercer University, the University of Memphis, Tougaloo, Tennessee State University, University of Dayton, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Tulane, Copiah-Lincoln, Louisiana Tech, the University of Cincinnati and Grambling State University.
Two students remained undecided.
Like St. Joe, MRA will be well represented in Starkville this fall, with 31 graduates expected to attend the North Mississippi school. Another 14 graduates are on their way to Ole Miss, while six students will be headed to Holmes CC.
Meanwhile, MRA will be sending two graduates each to Belmont, Hinds CC, Mississippi College, Alabama and UAB.
One student each will be attending Harvard, Appalachian State University, Auburn University in Montgomery, Delta State University, Florida International University, Jones CC, LSU, Marymount Manhattan College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Samford and USM.
WHILE STATE AND Ole Miss won out as the most popular college choice at most schools, Ridgeland seniors overwhelmingly chose Holmes Community College as their top choice to pursue higher education.
Thirty-two Ridgeland Titans will be attending Holmes this fall, with 20 slated to attend Hinds.
Southern Miss and Ole Miss were equally popular among graduates, with nine students each expected to attend the schools.
The next most sought-after destinations were MSU, with seven students expected to attend, followed by Jackson State and Co-Lin, with six each expected to attend.
Three students will be attending Xavier, while two students each will be attending Alcorn State University, Belhaven and Grambling.
After that, Ridgeland will be sending one student each to Stanford, Coahoma Community College, MC, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pearl River Community College, Prairie View A & M University, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, Sewanee – The University of the South, Tennessee State and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Other graduates will be receiving intense training as part of the military. Two students each have enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, three have signed up for the U.S. Navy, and one is going to the Mississippi Army National Guard.
HOLMES WAS also the top choice for Germantown graduates. Sixty-four members of the senior class are planning to go the college’s Ridgeland or Goodman campus this fall, while 52 students were planning on attending Mississippi State.
Thirty-four Mavericks will be attending Ole Miss, while 20 Germantown grads were planning to attend Hinds, and 12 were planning to attend Southern Miss.
Alcorn was the next most popular choice among Germantown students, with eight telling counselors they would be pursuing degrees there this fall.
From there, six students each will be attending East Central and Jones community colleges.
Five students each will be attending Mississippi Gulf Coast CC and East Mississippi Community College, and four students each will be attending Southwest Mississippi Community College, Mississippi College and JSU.
Germantown will be sending two students each to Tougaloo, Belhaven, LSU, Southern University and Rice University.
One student each will be attending Yale, Vanderbilt, the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Arkansas, Pensacola Christian College, Alabama, McPherson College, the College of Creative Study, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Xavier University, Washington State University, Furman University, Rhodes College, Dallas Baptist University, the University of Nebraska, UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Montevallo.
HINDS WAS the top choice for students at two schools: The Education Center School and Murrah High School.
Seventy-eight Murrah grads will be attending Hinds this fall, followed by 41 who will be attending Jackson State. Meanwhile, 26 Mustang seniors are planing to attend MSU, while 20 are slated to attend Southern Miss. The next most popular choices include Holmes and Ole Miss, with 18 students and 10 students expected to attend, respectively. After that, eight students each will be making their homes in the fall at Alcorn State and Southern University, while seven others will be attending Jones Community College.
Murrah will be sending six students each to Millsaps and Belhaven, and three students each to Delta Technical College, Mississippi Valley State University, Southwest Mississippi CC and Troy University.
Two students from the North Jackson school each are slated to attend Emory University and Mississippi College.
One student each will represent Murrah at Yale, LSU, the Mississippi University for Women, Florida State University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Washington University, Grambling State University, North Carolina A&T University, Birmingham Southern University, Arizona State University, Empire Beauty School, Clark Atlanta University, Savannah College of Arts and Design, the University of Cincinnati, Copiah-Lincoln CC, Talladega College, Arkansas Baptist College, University of Texas at Arlington, Rust College, Dillard University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of South Alabama, Morehouse, Tennessee State, Macalester College and Fayetteville State University.
NINE MEMBERS of the Education Center’s graduating class will be attending one of the Hinds campuses this fall. From there, four each have plans to attend Ole Miss, MSU, USM and Holmes.
Two graduates each are slated to attend Mississippi College and East Mississippi Community College, while one student will be working on a degree at Tougaloo.
Additionally, the Education Center will have students taking gap years, one to continue a modeling career, and one to work, backpack through Europe and get SCUBA-certified. Two students were undecided.
Numbers were not readily available for Murrah High or New Summit.