WSJ: Trinity One of Top 50 Most Successful American ‘Feeder’ Colleges.

When the Wall Street Journal looked to see which colleges send the most students to elite grad schools like Yale Med or Wharton, Trinity was included in the top 50 of “America’s most successful ‘feeder’ colleges.  As writer Elizabeth Bernstein reported, it came as a surprise that it’s not just the Ivies that are successful in getting grads into the nation’s most prestigious graduate programs. 

To develop their list, published in a September 26 article, “Want to Go to Harvard Law?”,  the Journal focused on 15 elite professional schools, five each from medicine, law and business: for medicine—Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the University of California, San Francisco, and Yale; for business—Chicago, Dartmouth’s Tuck School, Harvard, MIT’s Sloan School, and Penn’s Wharton School; in law—Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, and Yale.

While Harvard, Yale, and Princeton claimed the top of the WSJ list of feeder schools, the survey showed that many of the smaller colleges, such as Amherst, Pomona, Bowdoin, and Trinity, also made the list. To compile their list of the most effective feeder colleges, the WSJ researched the background of more than 5,000 students starting this fall at more than a dozen top business, law and medical schools.  Trinity placed 43rd with nine students, right after Barnard and before Grinnell, Tufts, and Colby. 

As observed by Sharon Herzberger, vice president of Student Services, “Being on the list with so many of our peer small, private, liberal arts colleges certainly affirms our belief that it is our kind of schools that best prepares people for graduate study.”  What does Trinity do to get students into top professional schools and graduate schools?  Providing students with a first-class education is of course, essential. Beyond that, Herzberger continues, “We do an excellent job in connecting students to faculty research and supporting students’ independent research.  The faculty and Career Service officers offer extensive and early advising on preparation for getting into grad and professional schools. The trend—especially lately—has been to work for a while after graduation before going to professional schools. The schools encourage the delay and the advisers are following suit. 

“We also count on alumni to offer advice (many career panels here bring alumni back), allow students to shadow them at work, and provide summer and vacation internships,” Herzberger adds. “And we have an extensive credit-bearing internship program. One of our very successful recent projects has been to take students to mentoring programs, such as the one offered this month at MIT. Fifteen students and Lanna Hagge, head of Career Services, spent the weekend at MIT interacting with scientists there and learning about graduate school in science.” 

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