Ivy League

  • A highly selective college is one that has very competitive admission  standards and a very low acceptance rate, because of its highly  recognized name and top academic programs and faculty.

    These schools  typically admit only 25% or fewer of the students who apply. Out of over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., approximately 50 are considered highly selective, and approximately 15 of these campuses  accept 10% or less of applicants.

    The Ivy League schools are even higher than the highly selective colleges and only admit approximately 4% of all applicants.

    Tip #1:

    Show demonstrated interest in ALL schools to which your are applying. The graphic shows examples of demonstrated interest.   You can also print this Demonstrated Interest Check List to help keep track of your demonstrated interest for each school.

    Showing demonstrated interest in your safety schools is just as important as it is for your target and reach schools. 

    What do I need to do to get into an Ivy League School?

    • Good grades and test scores. If your goal is to enter an Ivy League school, you will need outstanding grades and test scores. According to The National Association for College Admission Counseling, these are the two most important factors for a student trying to get into a highly-selective university. Course rigor is important.
    • Apply early (early decision or early action). By applying this way, you significantly boost your chances of getting into one of the Ivy League elite universities. Take note, however, that you can only apply early decision for one university so choose wisely. Make sure that you only apply in advance if you’re sure about the university you want. Once you are accepted under early decision (ED), you will have to withdraw from all the other schools you’ve applied to. You also need to be fully committed to attending that university. Early action (EA) is another option for students-unlike ED, this method of application is not binding.
    • Make an exceptional personal statement.  Personal statements play a crucial role in your journey to the Ivies. You’re likely applying to the Ivy League through the Common Application, so you need a winning statement to set yourself apart from the hundreds of thousands of ambitious and bright individuals.
    • Have true depth in your extra curricular activities. Think of extracurricular activities with regards to depth instead of breadth. They want to see integration (how it fits into your overall story), continuity (meaningful amount of time and a potential to continue in college), and significance (a deep impact - more than just leadership, potentially publication or other significant addition).
    • Have a well thought out High School Curriculum. Your focus should be on the critical academic areas: language, science, math, and English. Be sure to excel in these areas for a greater chance at landing a spot in the Ivies. While AP classes like AP Music Theory, AP Statistics, and AP Psychology are okay to take if your school offers them, these subjects do not carry the same weight as core courses like AB Biology and AP Literature.
    • Recommendation Letters. Make sure you get 1-2 meaningful recommendation letters.
    • Do well in your interview. Get ready to be interviewed by an alum of the university to which you are applying. Although the interview is not the most important part of your college application, it has an impact on you being accepted or rejected in the university that you like. Prepare so you don't stumble over answers. Always be personable and polite when responding to questions. Ivy League interviews are generally friendly exchanges in which your interviewer tries to get to know you better.

What do I need to do to get into an Ivy League school?

  • Strategic Application Plan and Timetable

  • Rigorous Transcript & Top Grades

  • Excellent ACT/SAT Scores

  • Unique Service or Accomplishment

  • Exceptional Talents or Passions

  • Strong Letters of Recommendation

  • Confident Personal Interview

  • Demonstrated Interest in the College

  • Affiliations/Connections with the College

The Universities in the Ivy League