It’s no secret that getting into the Ivy League or a peer elite university is the ultimate goal for many aspiring students. There are many advantages that come with admission to the Ivy League.
There are many things you can do to improve your chances of gaining admission to the Ivy League. It’s definitely not impossible to get that big envelope. However, before we cover factors such as your GPA, test scores, admissions essays, and extracurricular activities, it’s important to know your typical odds of acceptance.
For the Ivies – from Harvard to Yale – Cornell to Brown – and many more, the odds of acceptance are usually between 7% to 15% on average. Therefore, you really need to stand out amongst the crowded field of applicants. Our Ivy League admissions consultants will help you all around in enhancing your profile.
And what about those SAT scores? What score do you need to have a shot at the top colleges? For a rough idea, see the following video — but keep in mind that weaker SAT scores can be compensated for if you do well enough fine-tuning your application:
Our private, Ivy League admissions counselors develop a custom plan based on our proven admissions counseling experience, and can increase your chances of gaining admissions, significantly.
Our college admissions counseling is like having a private coach to help you win the game. Beyond test scores, there are many things to consider when applying to Ivy League schools. What kind of internship or summer job could enhance a possible weakness in your application? What is the common application and how should you approach it? When is an individualized application better? What are the tricks to writing a stellar college admission essay?
These are the most selective colleges in the world: Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Penn, Princeton. However, with our admissions consulting, we’ll improve your odds and help you get that admissions envelope.
Here’s the answer to whether you should take the SAT or ACT exam: take a practice SAT exam and ACT exam under timed conditions. Compare your scores on the “SAT and ACT” concordance tables. If you do much better on either, start your preparation with that test.
Know that the ACT exam is about timing, practice and endurance. If you’re able to finish the ACT exam with time remaining, we typically recommend you take the ACT. If however, you are struggling to get through more ACT questions, take a more “reasoned” approach and take the SAT “reasoning” exam. See which works best for you.marker
Ivy league schools – defined here, as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Penn and Yale – want high GPAs. Depending on your high school and the number of AP/IB courses you’ve taken, you should try to be in the top 10% of your class at the minimum. Your grades are important in that you need to show consistently high performance throughout your four years in high school. If your high school is on a 4.0 scale, you want to aim for a 3.8 to 3.9 on average, assuming there’s no significant grade inflation. If you’re school, like many in America, has a weighted and un-weighted scale, you’ll want to be within a fraction of the maximum possible GPA range. However, you should think about your GPA less in terms of a numeric value, and more in terms of its relative value compared to your classmates. An Ivy League admissions office always requests a school profile using systems like Naviance – and they’ll know where your GPA fits into the larger school profile.marker
Think of your common app and the admissions essay you’re required to write as your opportunity to be specific; you should use good examples and directly reflect on what talents you’ll bring to the Ivy League. Many students simply write as much as possible trying to fit everything they’ve ever done in high school. These braggarts will lose out. Your goal is to be interesting. Write succinctly and don’t bore the admissions officers with a rambling essay that has little to show for what you plan on contributing to the Ivy League.marker
Proofread and fact-check. Be absolutely sure your application is free from grammatical and factual errors. Make sure you know the difference between a weighted and non-weighted GPA and be careful to self-report your academic test scores accurately. Go over the application several times, and don’t trust just your own eyes. Get help editing and reviewing your application several times before you turn it in. Don’t submit the final draft right away, but check it over again a few days later. You should be the last person to look over your final essay before submitting it. Even after your application has been proofread and corrected several times, even by people who are professional college counselors, you should always have the last look.marker
Yes. We recommend applying early action and/or early decision. There’s no question that it improves your chances of gaining admission to top Ivy colleges.marker
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