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More schools partner with Say Yes

There may not be a lot of good news coming out of Buffalo City Schools right now, but Say Yes is one of them. At a press conference held this morning, Say Yes to Education officials named 11 more schools - including three Ivy League universities - that will provide fully paid college tuition to eligible students.

It should be noted that these scholarships aren't free rides for everyone. Aside from income limitations, students still must still get accepted to these schools and meet the schools' admission standards on their own merits. That's why Say Yes offers other student support services, so that eventually more students will be able to qualify for college admission.

Here's the full list of 40 private Say Yes colleges that are open to Buffalo public and charter school students (newly added schools in bold):

  • Bryant & Stratton
  • Canisius College*
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell University
  • Crouse Hospital College of Nursing*
  • D’Youville College*
  • Daemen College*
  • Dartmouth College
  • Denison University
  • Drexel University*
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Hilbert College*
  • Houghton College*
  • Lesley University*
  • Medaille College
  • New York University
  • Niagara University*
  • Northwestern University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology*
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhodes College
  • Rice University
  • St. Bonaventure University*
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Syracuse University
  • Trocaire College*
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Villa Maria College

* Denotes colleges that offer a limited number of tuition-guaranteed seats

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