Ivy League schools are infamous for their extremely tough admissions process.
Typically, Ivy League schools have an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent. However, each year, thousands of applications from enthusiastic bright minds continue to be received by admissions without fail.
What makes Ivy league so sought after in spite of their highly selective admissions? Outside of the prestige associated with such schools, there are other factors which contribute to the allure. Ivy league schools can be characterized by the following features:
While all the above combined has helped to strengthen and increase the visibility of each school’s brand across the US and the world; I can’t help but also include one other feature. These particular one, I like to term, ‘The Hollywood Factor’. One cannot help but think, even if just a little, that Hollywood has influenced our perception of these schools. Take a moment to recall countless mentions Ivy League and any of these schools in movies, TV shows and other medium over the years.
I was motivated to write a blog on Ivy league school based on the simple observation that not many of us are aware of what an Ivy League school really is. The term Ivy league is loosely applied to those schools considered to be notable and world-renowned but quite frankly, are not on the official list of Ivy League schools. It is therefore important to provide a definition, based on industry standards.
The truth is, Ivy League is synonymous with schools in the US. According to U.S.News and World Report, one of the leading ‘go-to’ resources for higher education news, ‘Ivy League’ refers to eight private institutions located across Northeastern states in the USA.
Take a look at the official Ivy League Schools List:
1) Brown University – Rhode Island
2) Columbia University – New York
3) Cornell University – New York
4) Dartmouth – New Hampshire
5) Harvard University – Massachusetts
6) Princeton University – New Jersey
7) University of Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania
8) Yale University – Connecticut
Now that we are a bit more informed about the term Ivy Schools and which schools are actually in this league, here are a few points when considering applying to any Ivy League and/or other equally selective schools:
1) Be prepared for a multi-step application process - The completion of an application form and submission of transcripts and exam results are just some of the steps required. Applicants are required to provide letters of recommendations; essay questions; interviews and/or the submission of a portfolio (depending on the program).
2) Be mindful of application deadlines for both the application and supporting documents - Such schools tend to have an early admission deadline and a regular admission deadline. For students applying to start in the Fall (September) semester, early admissions would usually fall in October or November of the previous year while regular admissions would fall in January. Given the high volume of applications received, submitting after the deadline is not an option.
3) Be prepared to take SAT General Test and subject SATs – Depending on the program and/or school you are applying to; undergraduate applicants may be required to take both the SAT General Test and one or two subject tests. For the SAT General Test, the optional essay may be required by both some Ivy league and highly selective schools.
4) Same tuition fees for International Applicants and Domestic Applicants – In many cases, potential international students are charged the same tuition fees as domestic students given that there is no difference in the tuition fees at many Ivy League and high selective schools. With the average tuition costs can be as high as 45,000USD/academic year, especially given that many or private schools, scholarships may be crucial to a student’s attendance. The difference may lie sometimes, in the availability of scholarships where there may be nationality treatment restrictions. Domestic students can apply to municipal, state and/or federal grants and loan programs while international students would have to see options in their home countries or directly from the schools.
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Dr. Elizabeth Adey
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