The Ivy League is an athletic union of higher education institutes based in the North-East of the US. The league comprises of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Columbia, Brown, Darmouth and Cornell University. With the exceptional of Cornell, founded in 1865, these schools can trace their roots to colonial America. The ‘league’ has since become a by-word for academic excellence. It’s for this reason that many wrongly assume the membership of Stanford & MIT.
How To Get Into The Ivy League?
You might assume that eight academic institutions would vary considerably in their admissions policy. However, there are abiding principles that unite them. The union are bound by their policy of ‘Holistic Admissions’, which decrees there is no academic baseline to qualify. Rather admissions officials will assess your application in its totality.
However, with applications at record numbers the acceptance rate’s for Ivy League admissions are at an all time low. This year, for example, Harvard’s acceptance rate fell beneath 6% for the first time. Here are this years acceptance rates according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
- Harvard 5.9%
- Yale 6.8%
- Columbia 7.4%
- Princeton 7.9%
- Darmtouth 9.4%
- Brown 9.6%
- UPenn 12.3%
- Cornell 16.2%
While Harvard & Yale remain many a student’s ‘dream school’, with 34,285 and 28,974 applicants respectively, the demand for an elite education continues to soar despite tumbling acceptance rates. It is for these reasons that an application to an Ivy League school is best thought of as a ‘reach school’. Strategize intelligently and identify schools with a high and low probability of success.
Not sure which Ivy League school is for you? You’ll be curious to learn the results of a new study assessing the merits of our Ivy League rivals. According to the Center of College Affordability & Productivity, Princeton fared best. In the annual survey, the universities were ranked based on five categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, graduation rate and competitive awards.
Beyond the prestige, look further. Choose wisely.