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2019-11-07 00:13:36

TOP-10 tips how to enter an Ivy League University for international students

TOP-10 tips how to enter an Ivy League University for international students

Ivy League universities are considered the most sought after higher education institutions in the United States and around the world. These eight private northeastern tertiary education institutions are known for their selective approach, rich academic baggage and promising career opportunities. Ivy League universities initially united as members of the sports community, but today these universities are known as a group of elite educational institutions known for outstanding graduates - athletes, presidents, Nobel laureates.

The list of Ivy League universities includes the oldest educational institutions in the United States, where respected professors teach, and the universities themselves are provided with generous research grants and financial resources. To get into the audience of Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, it is not enough to show high academic results, creative or other potential - applications of future students should be unusual. What is the full list of conditions for admission to universities of the League?

  • High academic preparation

When applying for college, there are two most important factors. The first is a high GPA, ACT or SAT score, but just that will not be enough. To gain recognition, students will have to show that they are not only smart, but also special. For Ivy League admissions, it is important whether future students have a talent, passion or aspiration for which they can do a lot.

  • Hospitality and friendliness

According to studies of the last 10 years, university management prefers balanced, calm and friendly students who are ready not only to receive, but also to give.

  • Early application

Filing an early application significantly increases the chances of getting into one of the Ivy League universities. The deadline for submitting documents in the first stream is November 1-15, the second stream - until January 1. The disadvantage of this option is that after a preliminary decision on admission, the student will no longer be able to apply to some other university.

Business Insider cites statistics according to which students who apply in advance have a higher chance of enrollment.


Proportion of enrolled early applicants

The share of credited by standard applications







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  • Excellent essay

Most universities, after considering a standard package of documents, offer students to write an essay, a little discussion on a given topic. Writing such an essay is under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

  • Resume

A resume should tell about what is not found anywhere in the documents. This is a chance to show what the student is interested in, what are his hobbies and what is important for him in the future. Do not forget that the admissions officers are ordinary people: they like to laugh, empathize, really get to know students, and not just read carefully selected words.

  • Elite High School

Elite high schools abroad - in the USA, Great Britain, Switzerland - are distinguished by a high percentage of students entered educational institutions of the Ivy League. This is due to the fact that attending an advanced school gives students access to many additional classes and the possibility of receiving personal advice on admission to college.

  • Educational Consulting Services

Increasingly, students whose views are aimed at elite American colleges, use consulting firms to gain an advantage over competitors. The services of consultants include quick and complete informing about all the intricacies of admission to the chosen educational institution, accompaniment at the stage of preparing documents, filing an application, tutoring if necessary. The cost of the services of consultants in education is from $ 1000.

University Location

Year of foundation

Ranking by US News & World Report


Princeton University , Cambridge, Massachusetts



The most popular specialties of Princeton are: social sciences, mechanical engineering, computer, information science support services, biological and biomedical sciences, public administration, social services. The ratio of students and teachers is 5 to 1.

Harvard University Cambridge, New Jersey



Harvard includes 13 schools and institutes: the higher medical school in the USA, business, higher education, engineering and law schools, the John F. Kennedy School of Public Administration. The university claims to have one of the highest freshman retention rates in the country.

Yale University , New Haven, Connecticut



Yale College, Yale Higher School of Arts and Sciences - the university has 12 professional schools: the country's highest law school, highly professional schools of medicine, management, art, and nursing.

Columbia University, New York, New York



Columbia includes 3 student schools: Columbia College, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and School of General Education, business, law schools, teacher studying college, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

University of Pennsylvania , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Penn recruits the most foreign students from all Ivy League schools: 13% of students are foreigners and come from more than 100 countries. Penn's higher education institutions include the Wharton School, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Perelman School of Medicine, Stuart Weizmann School of Design, and the School of Dentistry.

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire



The college has more than 50 research centers, institutes and groups in fields from medicine and art to engineering and business. With a student to teacher ratio of 7:1 and in more than 60% of classes with less than 20 students, Dartmouth allows you to study in an intimate setting.

Brown University Providence, Rhode Island



A highly competitive humanitarian medical education program allows students to obtain a bachelor's degree, a medical degree for an eight-year program. 6 libraries specialize in science and music.

Cornell University Ithaca, New York



Each of Cornell’s 7 colleges and schools independently accepts students and provides its own faculty, although each graduate receives a Cornell University degree. Cornell's two largest colleges - College of Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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