Looking at the admission statistics related to Ivy League colleges, you instantly get a crystal clear picture of how difficult it is to get accepted into any of these prestigious institutions. With an acceptance rate of less than 10%, Ivy Leagues has amongst the most selective schools in the world.
That being said, one out of ten applicants does secure admission, so getting in is not too far-fetched. It is seen that there are three categories of students who secure a seat in the Ivy’s – elite academicians, elite performers (sports, drama, etc.), and those connected to the elite.
While applying to these top US universities, along with portraying yourself authentically and holistically through your essays, you also have to ensure that the 5 major components of your application are up to mark – your grades/ GPA, test scores (SAT/ACT), LOR’s (letters of recommendation), personal statement, and extracurricular achievements and awards.
When we talk of grades, while there is no definitive ‘grade benchmark that ensures admission to an Ivy League school statistics and logic dictate that the importance of extremely high grades can just not be ignored. Most of the students who are admitted into Ivy League colleges have high GPAs and AP, IB, or Honors classes. The competition is extremely tough; with over half of the admitted students having near-perfect GPA of 4.0 or over 9.0, depending on the grading system applicable, along with other achievements. You can add a few complex courses to strengthen your profile though, as high grades in tough courses carry more weightage than easy ones.
Though not the ‘be-all-end-all,’ for admission to these universities – Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton – grades ought to be given immense importance from an early stage itself.
Focusing ‘only’ on the end product never gave anybody the space to grow and ‘be more,’ the process and journey of HOW they reached there did. You can get career counseling online, or otherwise, to shape your path to your dream college. Reading about other students’ experiences and struggles through the many phases of this journey can not only help you plan your strategy but also act as a great motivator.
‘Do more, be more.’