Eton College sends a fifth of its graduates to American universities

Eton College sends about a fifth of its leavers to US universities, it has emerged, as students from private schools face increased competition to enter Oxbridge.

The £46,300-a-year school is seeing growing numbers of students looking seriously at the US, The Times has reported.

A school source said about 50 students per year attend universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale and Columbia.

“Some of our best academics go to the US before Oxbridge, some apply to both and a growing number only apply to the US,” they added.

“Those who go to the US are usually attracted by the breadth of study programs and the international outlook, their top quality sports programs and some of the boys on free places at Eton earn fully funded places in the US .”

The school, founded in 1440, has educated 20 British prime ministers, all but one of whom studied at Oxford or Cambridge.

However, Oxbridge’s offers for its pupils have halved in recent years amid attempts by the country’s two main universities to increase their number of state-educated pupils.

He had 48 offers from Oxford and Cambridge in 2021, up from 99 in 2014.

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