The number of Ridge High School students applying to Rutgers University rose by 22 percent from 2012 to 2013 -but New Jersey wasn't the destination for the largest number of matriculating Ridge grads last fall.
Pennsylvania was the destination of 90 members of the Class of 2013, which had 413 students, compared with 78 remaining in the Garden State.
New York attracted 49 students and Virginia was next, with 21 students heading to college there, according to a report presented by Jill Shadis, supervisor of guidance at Ridge, at Monday night's Board of Education meeting.
The list of top states continued with 17 graduates matriculating at Maryland institutions of higher learning, followed by 15 heading to Massachusetts, 13 apiece going to North Carolina and Connecticut, and seven apiece matriculating at colleges in Colorado and Rhode Island, both new added to the top 10 list for 2013, she said. Shadis said South Carolina was one of the top 10 destination states that fell off the list in 2013.
Overall, 88 percent of last year's class attended a four-year college in the U.S. and 5.1 percent started college at a two-year institution, primarily Raritan Valley Community College, according to the report.
Shadis also told the Board of Education on Monday that 66 percent of all applications sent out by the Class of 2013 received acceptances.
Shadis added that her report, which included information on SAT, ACT and AP test results, would be posted on Tuesday on her web page of the school website, www.bernardsboe.com.