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Ivy League Schools

I felt unworthy when I contemplated penning a piece on Ivy League schools. After reading up on more facts about these schools, I realized that I was unworthy. The prestige of Ivy League schools is legendary. Since the American Revolution, or even earlier, they have been the best in America. Here are some details I’d like to share about the academic and athletic excellence of the Ivy League, all seven universities and 1 college of it.

The Ivy League is comprised of Princeton University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Columbia University, and Dartmouth College. The most erstwhile university is Harvard University founded in 1636, while Cornell was founded last of the eight schools in 1865. The title Ivy League is said to come from the ivy that grow on the outside of the old buildings that comprise the campuses.

The Ivy League has been competing against each other in sports as long as there have been sports in college. In 1852, the 1st event was held between Yale’s and Harvard’s boating teams. Since then, they’ve included every sport from baseball to water polo with fencing, football, lacrosse, rowing, and squash in between, just to name some. They were officially named the Ivy League in 1954, though they had been unofficially called by that name long before.

In 1954, the Ivy League’s founded pact for football was extended to all intercollegiate sports. According to the pact, athletic ability alone doesn’t deserve aid. The Ivy League doesn’t give athletic scholarships, unlike other schools in America. Instead, academic achievement is the foundation for scholarship grants.

Excellence in the classroom is the highest priority for Ivy League schools. Only the best of the best are admitted with an acceptance rate of nine per cent to twenty per cent per year. The college admissions process can be a tough battle at any school all over the nation, but here it’s absolutely vicious. At times, students with very good test scores are turned down from their first Ivy League school of choice for no evident reason. These schools have such a high number of applicants that the process is never a sure thing.

I was also amazed to know that even students with better than average test scores are at times not admitted to Ivy League schools. The college admissions office looks at the students as a complete package. Aside from test scores and grades, club and society memberships, leadership positions, extracurricular activities, and the elusive “X” factor are also weighed in.

Indeed, an Ivy League school is the best place to get a great education. However, you should be accepted first, and the best way to do that is to get the interest of the college admission offices by presentation. Organizing all your information in 1 place is your most effective way.

You must work on getting high grades because athletic ability is not enough to get you a scholarship to an Ivy League school.

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