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GREENFIELD — Hundreds of Hancock County seniors will be turning their tassels in the coming weeks as they celebrate the culmination of their K-12 careers.

But school isn’t over for many of those concluding their senior year. With graduation just around the corner, the Daily Reporter has examined the plans of the county’s top 45 seniors, all of whom have declared their plans to seek higher education. Each school provided its top 10 seniors (with the exception of Mt. Vernon, which provided 15), whose rankings won’t be official until the end of the semester. For more details on the graduates, see next week’s edition of the Daily Reporter.

IU BEATS PURDUE

Twelve of the top 45 students are headed to Indiana University. Purdue University is running a close second in popularity: 11 seniors will become Boilermakers this fall.

Indiana University: 12

Purdue University: 11

Ball State University: 5

IUPUI: 3

Marian  University: 3

University of Indianapolis: 3

Butler University: 2

One student will attend each of the following schools: University of Kentucky, Samford University, DePauw University, Indiana State University, University of Pennsylvania and Bluffton University

 

LITTLE FISH, BIG POND

34 of the top seniors are headed to big schools with 10,000 or more students enrolled; 11 have chosen smaller institutions.

 

STICKING CLOSE

41 of Hancock County’s top 45 students are staying close to home, having chosen an in-state school.

 

GOING THE DISTANCE

The student taking the longest road trip is headed 620 miles from Hancock County to the University of Pennsylvania. Coming in second is a student traveling to Samford University, about 500 miles away, in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

THE GIRLS HAVE IT

The girls barely outnumber the boys this year, with 25 of the top 45 seniors being female and 20 being male. But that narrow split isn’t necessarily reflected in all the graduating classes: New Palestine High School’s top 10 is all boys. Nine of G-C’s top 10 are girls.

 

FAITH-BASED LEARNING

8 of the top 45 have chosen to attend a school with a religious affiliation, including schools associated with Mennonite, Baptist, Catholic and Methodist churches

 

PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE

34 of Hancock County’s top 45 are headed to public institutions; 11 will attend private schools.

 

FAR-OFF ADVENTURES

4 of the top 45 students will travel out of state for college starting in the fall. They will study in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama and Kentucky

 

SCIENCE RULES

The most popular majors among the top 45 are engineering, chemistry and biology.

Overall, 28 of the top students are majoring in a science-related discipline.

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