Record number of Perse students receive university offers from overseas
14 May 2021
A record number of current and former Perse students have received offers from overseas universities this year.
Seven Upper Sixth students and Old Perseans have had offers from top universities in the US, including Ivy League institutions Brown University, Harvard, Princeton University and Yale, in 2021.
Competition for places at American colleges has increased significantly this year due to easing of standardised admissions test requirements, a concession made by many universities this year due to disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many elite US universities have reported year-on-year increases in applications in the range of 20-40%, resulting in admission rates of an estimated 2-3% at Ivy League colleges for UK applicants, so it is a credit to Perse students for being so successful this year.
Perse Overseas Universities Advisor Samuel Black commented: “Any offer from a top US college represents an enormous amount of work on the part of the student. I am so pleased that their academic talents, extra-curricular achievements and many long-standing community commitments have been recognised with these fabulous college places.”
The dedication of Camillo Padulli (Upper Sixth) to the study of ancient history impressed many admissions committees. He has accepted a place at Yale, having also had offers from Princeton and Stanford University.
Hyaline Chen (Upper Sixth), who will be representing the UK at the International Physics Olympiad in July, has accepted an offer to join the undergraduate research programme at Princeton reading physics.
Megan Carmichael (Upper Sixth) has won a full athletics scholarship to study at California’s University of the Pacific, where she will join their tennis squad and represent them in the Division I West Coast Conference.
Victoria Leung (Upper Sixth) received offers from UCLA and UC San Diego to join their pre-medical programmes, while Ruben Giuliani (2020) and Ashwin Vivekanandan (2019) have accepted offers from Brown and the University of Michigan respectively.
Meanwhile, Alice Lord (Upper Sixth) has earned a place to read social and political sciences at the prestigious Sciences Po’s Poitiers campus, focusing on Latin American and Caribbean affairs.
Dr Black said: “Our congratulations go to all our overseas applicants this year. Our school community is enriched by the presence and contribution of so many enterprising and enthusiastic students.”