The Ivy League Colleges

Uploaded by AdmissionsConsultant on 02.08.2010

It is interesting to note that the term 'ivy league' originally referred not to academics
but to sports. The original Ivy League brought together not minds, but football teams. That
said, these eight universities have some educational and institutional traits in common beyond
their athletics programs. All are long-established, private universities; all are in the Northeastern
U.S.; all benefit from sizeable endowments and generous alumni financial support; all
are highly selective – and all provide need blind aid that often make them less expensive
than in-state public colleges. Is an Ivy League school right for you? If
so, which one? That's a question only you will be able to answer. Factors to consider
are the differences among Ivy League members (some are located in large cities, and some
in small towns; some have religious affiliations, and some do not). A more important factor
is what you want to get out of your college education. Although Ivy League schools generally
deserve their good reputations, some of their programs are stronger than others. If you're
interested in engineering, for example, you probably want to look beyond these eight universities.
Only a few Ivy League schools have top-rated engineering programs – and (like any school
of engineering) they are stronger in some areas of engineering education than others.
Keep in mind that the qualities that make for a good education are not limited to the
Ivy League. You can look for (and find) features like a low student-to-faculty ratio, high
teaching standards, and strong research support at other universities as well. Moreover, non-Ivy
League schools might offer things that are important to you and that you could not find
at the eight universities listed above – for example, a climate that doesn't include ice
and snow. An Ivy League education has undeniable benefits.
A degree from an Ivy League school will always draw attention to your resume, and you'll
have entry to a valuable alumni network. You'll also receive instruction and mentoring that
can help position you for competitive graduate programs and prestigious awards like the Rhodes
Scholarships. But Ivy League educations come at a price – both in the tuition you might
pay, and in anxiety over the schools' highly competitive admissions. If an Ivy League university
is the right choice for you, you'll be happy to endure the application process. But even
in that case, you will probably be more comfortable with having made that decision if you first
go through the process of considering other viable options as well.
If you are looking for a competitive advantage in the admission process to a stretch school
(Ivy League or otherwise), please give us a call at 703.242.5885. We have the expertise
and we’re here to help.