Last summer two students who had gotten into all eight Ivy League schools published their story in an e-book called Hacking College Admissions. If you want to know their stories all that you need to do is fork over $38. I suspect that many ambitious college-bound students and/or their parents have already done that. I’ll probably be helping the authors, Victor Agbafe and Harold Ekeh, sell a few more. That’s ok by me. They did the work in school and outside the classroom to get into the colleges they chose.
If you buy and read these books ask yourself some questions over the summer, before classes resume. The most important question to ask: Is an Ivy League school really for you? The authors of Hacking College Admissions advise that you visit each school first, and so do I. The academics at each school will undoubtedly be strong. All of the Ivy League schools have tremendous resources as well as highly regarded graduate and professional schools. Graduate from an Ivy League school and no doubt prospective employers or business partners will believe that you are an intelligent person.
But here are some things to consider before applying to all eight Ivy League schools.
The Ivy League schools, especially Harvard, Princeton and Yale, are among the strongest brand names in higher education. It is fair to say that they have more financial resources to help their students as well as very strong alumni bases around the world. An Ivy League education can be a rewarding experience for a self-motivated college student who can also make friends and find their extracurricular niche on campus. But the classroom experience during the first two years is about the same as it would be at a state university. These attributes: brand recognition, financial aid resources, alumni bases and extracurricular activities are all these schools have in common. The differences between among these schools are too great to invest the time to apply to all of them.
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