What students want to study after winning the AJC Cup

The AJC Cup is an annual award given to one student per metro Atlanta school. The students are chosen because of their outstanding character or achievements. Winners are recognized at a ceremony and by the AJC in print and online. These students are exceptional scholars, athletes and community servants. The AJC Cup was started in 1927 and is one of the oldest newspaper award programs in the country.

Winning the AJC Cup is a prestigious honor. It signifies that a student has won the respect of their teachers and accomplished outstanding feats in academics, athletics or community service.

With those accomplishments fulfilled, many AJC Cup winners have already set their sights on how they’ll impact the world with their career paths. These remarkable students plan to study the gamut of subjects, from nursing to mathematics.

Here are three trends among AJC Cup winners choosing what to study.

1. Engineering is the most popular path.

Engineering majors were the overwhelming favorite among AJC Cup winners, with 28 students listing it as their planned course of study. These students want to do electrical, mechanical, biomedical and computer engineering.

Pre-medicine and business tied for second place, with 20 students each. Pre-med is the first step to a lot of different careers, but it shows a lot of AJC Cup winners want to go into medicine. The business majors want to study sports management, marketing and communications and international business.

2. Atlanta students want to work in interesting fields.

Not everyone wants to be an engineer or doctor. Atlanta students were also interested in classical and jazz music, actuarial science, foreign policy, nuclear and radiological engineering, "chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense" and anthrozoology.

3. They're studying in a lot of places, but mostly in the South and East.

AJC Cup winners who listed the school they're attending will study these subjects at a large number of schools. They plan to attend UGA, Georgia State University, Emory University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Spelman College and a few Ivy Leagues. This matches national trends, which found more than 33 percent of college students attend a school 50 miles or closer to their home. Students who go out of state tend to attend private schools in neighboring states.

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