IVY League Colleges Admission Guidance

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IVY Leauge schools are the dream destinations of students who aspire to make it big. With an average acceptance rate of just above 9%, the Ivy Leagues are among the most selective schools in the World. 

Everyone has heard of the “Ivy League,” a group of eight private universities defined by their exemplary standards - They Ivy League comprises Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. But what holds these eight schools together is more than their athletics—it’s their shared world-famous academics, the eliteness, their age and their location and—perhaps most anxiety inducing— exclusivity, as evidenced by their low acceptance rates.

About 24% of the Forbes 400 (a yearly list of the 400 richest people in America published by Forbes) attended an Ivy League school.

It is commonly mistaken that the Ivy League schools are the highest ranked schools in the country. While they generally all make the top 20 of US News and World’s list of top Universities, we tend to  overlook some very prestigious schools like MIT, Stanford, University of Chicago, Northwestern, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Cal Tech, Notre Dame, Rice, Washington University in St. Louis, and UCLA—all of which hold top 20-spots in the list. 

Harvard - Ranked 2nd in the nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 5.2%, known for its programs in business, law, government, and medicine as well as its library system which houses the oldest collection in the US and the largest private collection in the world. 

Yale - Ranked 3rd in the nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 6.3%, known for its drama and music programs as well as its secret societies.

Brown - Ranked 14th in the Nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 9%, known for its English and History programs as well as its highly ranked medical school

Columbia - Ranked 3rd in the nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 6%, known for its School of Engineering

Cornell - Ranked 17th in the nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 14.1%, known for its Colleges of Arts and Sciences as well as of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Dartmouth - Ranked 12th in the nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 10.5%, known for its research and study abroad opportunities 

U Penn - Ranked 6th in the nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 9.4%, known for its business school, The Wharton School.

Princeton - Ranked 1st in the nation and with an overall acceptance rate of 6.5%, known for its programs in international affairs and engineering.

Ivy League universities command a tremendous amount of resources. With their massive endowment funds, each of these universities can afford to offer research funding, performance spaces, enormous libraries, and the support your student might need to initiate their own unique extracurricular group, academic project, or small business. 

How do you get into an Ivy League school?

a) Differentiate yourself in a Global Sense

b) Be an all-rounder

c) Strong Academic Performance (your GPA matters, the harder the better and the higher the better)

d) Your SAT/ACT Test Scores

e) Recognised extracurricular activities

f) Nurturing Connections

g) Touching the finish line (Amazing personal essays, Tailoring your needs for the decided school, Apply early, complete instutional requirements, 

Finally, gaining admission to an Ivy League university is never easy, and as the saying goes, that the hardest part is getting in isn’t quite true either, but should your child be accepted at one of these schools, a wide range of benefits will be available to them. If your child will be served by what an Ivy League university can offer, then applying is worth the effort.


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