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College Class of 2025

Class of 2025

Did you know that this year’s applicant pool for the College Class of 2025 has been the most competitive in recent history.  With limited access to traditional extracurriculars such as sports and school clubs, prospective college students wondered – what will colleges expect from them?  College Admission

This year was all about student’s personal stories.  In addition to grades, colleges required compelling essays and videos that documented students’ growth, limitations, and lessons learned during COVID-19.

Strong writing and communication skills were a must for this year’s applicants.

Less academic pressure and commitments make summer a perfect time to brush up on essay writing and interview skills and give you an edge over the competition! 


  • Brown University: 5.4%
  • Columbia University: 4%
  • Dartmouth College: 6.17%
  • Harvard University: 3.4%
  • Princeton University: 4%
  • University of Pennsylvania: 5.68%
  • Yale University: 4.62%
  • MIT: 4%
  • Duke University: 5.76%
  • Johns Hopkins University: 6%
  • Vanderbilt University: 6.7%
  • Amherst College: 8%
  • Colby College:8%
  • Swarthmore College: 8%
  • Williams College: 8%
  • Rice University: 9.3 %
  • Barnard College: 10.4%
  • Tufts University: 11%
  • University of Southern California: 12%
  • Georgetown University: 12%
  • Boston College: 18.9%
  • NYU: 12.8%
  • Washington University: 13%
  • Colorado College: 14%
  • University of Notre Dame: 15%
  • Middlebury College: 15.7%
  • Wellesley College: 16%
  • Colgate University: 17%
  • UVA: 20.6% (17% out of state)
  • Georgia Tech: 18%
  • Boston University: 18.3%
  • Emory University: 20%
  • Bucknell University: 34%
  • Villanova University: 25%


Dear Class of 2025,

The Groza Team would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2025!  Your exceptional work, dedication, and grit during this very unusual time has paid off.  This year’s pandemic-fueled surge in applications translated into record-low acceptance rates for the country’s colleges.  In fact, this year’s applicant pool for the college Class of 2025 has been the most competitive in recent history.

The coronavirus pandemic has made in-person standardized testing difficult (if not impossible).  Therefore, most Colleges across the country made standardized tests optional — including all eight Ivy League schools and the entire University of California system.

We are very proud of you and we wish you continued success on your exciting journey!

The Groza Learning Center Team

Get Kids Excited About Writing



Now more than ever, we rely on our devices to keep us connected. They are the guardians of our emails, text messages, and social media, leaving us little reason to write letters. Will the art of letter writing become a thing of the past? Will our children experience the joy of picking out a beautiful piece of stationary, taking the cap off that favorite pen, gliding it smoothly across the page,  addressing the envelope, licking the stamp, dropping it in the mailbox, and patiently    waiting for a response?



In our fast-paced, instant gratification world, thoughts and feelings that were once expressed with words and sentences have been replaced by emoji’s and abbreviations. The quicker we can get things done, the better, because time is of the essence. Right? Most people would have answered yes until the coronavirus outbreak came along and shifted our paradigm. As a result, many of us have been forced to slow down and have found ourselves with a lot of extra time. Has anyone else been cleaning and finding old sentimental items like handwritten letters from the past?


Letter Writing

The ability to write a proper letter is still essential, and will never go out of style. Despite having technology at our fingertips, teaching children to write letters can be rewarding with many added benefits, and the best part is it will feel like Christmas morning when they receive a response.



The Benefits of Writing:

  • Improve communication skills
  • Enhances vocabulary and language skills
  • Penmanship
  • Builds concentration and focus
  • Self-expression
  • Critical Thinking
  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Taking pride in their creation
  • Imagination and Creativity

Here are some fun ideas for encouraging kids to write:

  • Let your child choose fun stationery, pens, and stickers
  • Go online and create personalized stamps
  • Write to a family member or a resident at a local retirement home
  • Find a pen pal in a different state or country
  • Send thank-you letters to your local heroes (frontline workers, grocery store clerks, police officers, firefighters, etc.)
  • Write an editorial for a local newspaper or magazine
  • Write a letter and create a time capsule

Groza’s Creative Writing Program:

Our program focuses on developing your idea for a story while you choose a format that suits your style. We will brainstorm and outline, develop characters and plot, and try out twists and turns through activities designed to help you create a finished piece of writing.


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