The Standard: Uncommon Colleges for Brother Rice Seniors

By John Mattes ‘19

Every February, high school seniors gear up to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives up to this point. At Brother Rice, most seniors have narrowed down their colleges or universities to three options.

Each year, many Brother Rice students continue to attend the same five or ten schools. These schools include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Iowa, Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, etc.

Although many of these same universities annually receive well-rounded men from Brother Rice, some seniors attend completely different universities. Many look to leave Illinois and even a few hope to leave the Midwest.

Brother Rice senior and BRTV personality Pat McGann has aspirations to go west. He said, “One of the major reasons I was inclined to go to the University of Utah was its prestigious education in a perfect location. I am looking to study mechanical engineering with an emphasis on aerospace engineering and Utah has an excellent program for that. Furthermore, the University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, so I have plenty of opportunities for fun and for jobs.”

Senior John Hubbuch is planning on moving south for the next four years. Hubbuch said, “The primary reason I was drawn to Ole Miss is the atmosphere cannot be matched. I have been to multiple colleges, but not one of the schools matched Ole Miss. It was never my dream school, but I just felt placed there.”

Despite being in the Midwest, certain locations in Minnesota can feel like a world away. Senior Matt Murnane plans to attend Saint John’s University, located in Collegeville, Minnesota; driving there can take up to eight hours. Murnane said, “Saint John’s is the perfect fit for me because it is in a pretty setting with a community of nice, caring people.”

With the numerous colleges chosen by our seniors as they create some of their last memories in high school, there is a strong sense of excitement in the air at Brother Rice. With just three months left, seniors will soon be graduating from Brother Rice and speeding into their bright futures.




  1. Patrick McAuliffe February 21, 2019 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Great attention to detail John.

  2. Matt Funk February 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Wow! Great to know where all my classmates are going.

  3. John Stillman February 18, 2019 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Great article John!

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