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5 tips how to get into the Ivy League

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5 tips how to get into the Ivy League

The famous Ivy League is the world-famous association of eight best American universities located in the north-east of the country.

Today the Ivy League includes:

  • Yale University, or Yale: founded in 1701 (originally called the "Collegial School"), Located in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Columbia University: was founded in 1754 as the "Royal College"; Is located in New York (New York)
  • Harvard University, or Harvard University: founded in 1636, is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Princeton University , or Princeton University: Founded in 1746 as the "College of New Jersey"; Is located in Princeton (NJ)
  • Brown University: founded in 1764, is located in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Cornell University, or Cornell University: based In 1865, is in Ithaca (New York State)
  • Dartmouth College : founded in 1701, is located in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • University of Pennsylvania: founded in 1740 as the "Philadelphia Academy"; Is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

University of Ivy League training programs and other Top 15 US Universities

Distinctive features of the Ivy League

The most famous universities in USA are also considered the oldest: according to one version, the name of the organization itself was given thanks to the ivy shoots, which encircles the ancient stone walls. Initially, the association of universities was created for the sport development of NCAA Division I, but in the future (since 1954) this term has been used as a whole to designate universities with the highest quality of education. Ivy League schools are an elite, almost closed, very prestigious community: to study here means to pass a very complicated selection when enrolled and belong to the social elite.

The Ivy League universities consistently rank first in the top 15 US universities (according to the independent U.S. News and World Report rating). In 2010, the first three places respectively took Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Universities are distinguished by the richest academic and infrastructural base, they can invite the best teachers and lecturers, provide the best conditions for students to study and develop.

Universities are famous for their scientific research - each of the universities is considered an important national scientific center. In 2014, only Harvard and Yale have allocated from their budgets for research and grants 36.4 and 23.9 billion dollars, respectively!

Features of admission

But the high cost of training (40-45 thousand dollars a year) is not the only feature of these universities: it is quite difficult to enter into them, and Not every student is able to do this. Competition for each place can be up to 50 people (depending on the faculty and specialty, a particular university), and below 5 people per place the parameter has not been lowered for more than 50 years. Foreign students among applicants only 5-10%.

Here are the statistics of applicants for the last year:

  • Columbia University: 36250 applications were submitted, 2228 students accepted for training (6.94% successfully enrolled from the total number) 
  • Princeton University: 27,290 applications were submitted, 1908 students were accepted for training (6.99% successfully enrolled from the total number)
  • Harvard University: 37307 applications were submitted, accepted for training of 1990 students (5.3% of the total number of students) Successfully credited from the total number)
  • Dartmoor College: 2,0504 applications were submitted, 2120 students accepted for training (10.3% successfully enrolled from the total number)
  • Pennsylvania University: 37267 applications were submitted, 3697 students were accepted for training (9, 9% successfully credited from the total number)
  • Yale University: 30237 applications were submitted, 1963 students accepted for training (6.49% successfully enrolled from the total number)
  • Cornell University: 41907 applications were submitted, 6234 students (14, 9% successfully credited from the total number).

Requirements for applicants

The submitted package of documents should include:

  • All kinds of certificates, certificates, medals , Diplomas, awards and cups (sports and scientific, creative achievements)
  • Certificate of Education
  • Correctly completed questionnaire of the entrant
  • At least two letters of recommendation and characteristics from teachers and class teacher, director.

All documents must be translated into English and certified by Notary. Deadline - begins one year before the start of training, later questionnaires and packages of documents are no longer accepted and are not considered.

The certificate TOEFL iBT (100 points out of 120) and SAT (1400 points out of 2400, the latter can be replaced by ACT) is a prerequisite for application submission. Such a high level of requirements is associated with the increased complexity of the program itself: a student with lower rates simply will not pull the curriculum of a prestigious university.

Also, each entrant must submit a motivation letter to the admissions office (Personal Statement ) on "Why do I deserve to become a student of this university"? Try not to be trivial: answers like "I want to stay in America forever", "I've dreamed to learn here since childhood" are estimated very low - be more original and specific. If the first level of enrollment is passed successfully, then the student is waiting for several small essays - the topic is reported by the selection committee just before writing.

Possible advantages for foreign students

Do not rush to drop your hands: for talented, stubborn and gifted applicants, you have the opportunity to gain some advantages on admission. For example, if you can confirm your outstanding success in any sport and are ready to support the university team, participate in scientific projects, research and grants (some of them cover the full cost of training) - the admissions committee will be more supportive to you.

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