College Acceptance


Schaeffer Academy seniors leave the school well-prepared for the challenges of faith and academics.  Previous graduates are pursuing careers in medicine, law, academia and business.  Our Upper School Profile has additional academic information about grades 9-12.

What do Schaeffer Academy students do after graduation?

  • About 94% go directly to four year colleges
  • 4% begin at community college (usually Rochester Community & Technical College) and transfer
  • 1% go directly to vocational school
  • 1% go to work after high school

How well are they prepared for college?

  • Students report they are very well prepared academically, especially in writing skills and critical thinking.

What does Schaeffer Academy do to prepare for college entrance?

  • Tenth graders take the PLAN (practice ACT with a career tool) and practice taking the PSAT
  • Eleventh graders take the PSAT/NMSQT (practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
  • Typically AP exams are administered in 3-7 subjects for juniors and seniors
  • The average ACT score for the 2016 graduating class was 27.2
  • The average SAT score for the 2016 graduating class was 1946 (reading, writing, and math)

What colleges do they attend?

  • The majority of students attend universities in the midwest (Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin).
  • Many choose Christian colleges like Northwestern in St. Paul, Bethel University, Liberty University in Virginia, or Wheaton College in Illinois.
  • Many choose large state institutions (U of M, UW Madison, Iowa State, NDSU).

Schaeffer Academy students have been accepted at these colleges and universities:

Abilene Christian University
American University of Rome
Andrews University
Arizona State University
Association of Free Lutherans Bible School
Auburn University
Augsburg College
Azusa Pacific University Honors Program
Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University
Baylor University
Belmont University
Bethel University
Biola University
Bob Jones University
Boston College
Boston University (Honors program)
Bradley University
Bryn Mawr College
Calvin College
Capernwray Bible School (Torchbearers – England)
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Carthage College
Case Western Reserve University
Cedarville University
Central College
Champlain College
Cleveland Institute of Music
Coe College
College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
College of William and Mary
Colorado Christian University
Colorado Mountain College
Colorado State University
Concordia College
Cornell University
Cornerstone College
Covenant College
Creighton University
Crossroads College
Davidson College
DePaul University
Dordt College
Drake University
Drury University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Emory College
Evangel University
Faith Baptist Bible College
Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)
Fordham University (Honors)
Front Range Community College
Furman University
Gordon College
Grace University
Grinnell College
Grove City College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamline University
Harding University
Hillsdale College
Hope College
Indiana Wesleyan University
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Kent State University
Lee University
LeTourneau University
Liberty University (Honors Program)
Loyola University Chicago
Luther College
Mankato State University
Mannes College – The New School for Music
Maranatha Baptist Bible College
Marquette University
Milligan College
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Minnesota State University (Mankato)
Moody Bible Institute
New York University
North Dakota State University
Notre Dame University
Oklahoma Christian University
Olivet Nazarene College
Pepperdine University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic
Ripon College
Rochester Community & Technical College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rowan University
Samford University
St. Cloud State University
St. Olaf College
St. Thomas University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seattle Pacific University (dual degree program with Columbia University – Engineering)
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
South Dakota State University
Spring Arbor College
Taylor University
Texas A&M University
The King’s College
Timberline Bible School (Torchbearers)
Union University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Alabama
University of Denver
University of Illinois (Chicago)
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Honors)
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Minnesota (Duluth, Minneapolis, Morris and Moorhead campuses)
University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences (Honors)
University of Minnesota Honors Institute of Technology (Minneapolis)
University of Minnesota Honors College of Liberal Arts (Minneapolis)
University of Missouri (Columbia)
University of Nebraska (Lincoln)
University of North Dakota
University of Northern Iowa
University of Northwestern (St. Paul)
University of Northwestern
University of Puget Sound
University of St. Cloud
University of Sioux Falls
University of South Carolina
University of South Dakota
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Honors)
University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire, LaCrosse, Madison, River Falls, Stout, Superior campuses)
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College Viterbo University
Washington & Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wheaton College
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
Whitworth College
Winona State University

Graduate Schools (Partial list)

Arizona State University
Ball State University
Cambridge University (Churchill College – Law)
Columbia University School of Law
Dartmouth College School of Medicine
Duke University School of Law
Duke University (doctoral program in Economics)
Georgetown University (doctoral program in Economics)
Gordon Conwell Seminary
Hamline University School of Law
Harvard Law School
Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary (Divinity)
Mayo Clinic Medical School (MD/PhD program)
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences (Nurse Practitioner program)
Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
New York University School of Law
North Carolina State University (Accounting)
Notre Dame University (Accounting)
St. Cloud State (Exercise Physiology)
Seattle Pacific University (Marriage & Family Counseling)
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Divinity)
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (medicine – Air Force)
University of California Berkeley School of Law
University of California Los Angeles School of Law
University of Hawaii (Ethnomusicology)
University of Minnesota (Computer Science)
University of Minnesota (Education)
University of Minnesota (Human Resources)
University of Minnesota School of Law
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
University of Northwestern (doctoral program in physical therapy)
University of Texas (Austin) School of Law
University of Texas (Austin) School of Business
University of Virginia (doctoral program in Economics)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (doctoral program in Economics)
Vanderbilt University (Nurse Practitioner program)