How to Get into an Ivy League College-Part
In the first article, providing a good
educational foundation is a primary prerequisite for getting into an
Ivy League university or other top colleges. Following are some
other ideas on ensuring you or your child achieves the best education
possible. However, for in-depth advice from a professional in
the admissions process for these stellar institutions, please consider
the guide to be mentioned in this writing.
The Application Process
During grade school and high school,
a student has received the best education available. Now is the
time to fill out an application and hope the university or college selects
you as a future student. As such, it is also time to put your
best foot forward and not relax, assuming the grades will speak for
Remember, the scholars who are looking
at your application are also looking at thousands of others. So,
you want to make sure yours stands out. First, while some colleges
will accept the standard application, it is advisable to obtain the
application from each school. The selection committee knows EXACTLY
what to look for in future students, and where to look for the deciding
factors. Using the school's forms make the process a lot easier.
If other forms are used, make sure to add any specifically required
Presentation is a big deal. Sloppy
applications, thrown together at the last minute, speak a lot to the
dedication of the potential student. Show a sense of professionalism.
Type the application in an easy to read font. If more space is
required and extra sheet of paper and a stapler are recommended, rather
than scrunched handwriting.
Also, do not forget to add your community
service or extracurricular activities. While these aspects of
your growth may not have anything to do with your academic intelligence,
it does speak to your dedication, hard work, and commitment to becoming
a successful asset to any community you grace in the future.
Colleges do not want to just fill a
student's head with the best knowledge, only to keep it locked in his/her
brain. The idea is to help educate a community of people who want
to succeed and make a difference in society. The students will
hopefully grow to be tomorrow's leaders and educators. So, put your
best foot forward in the application.
Do Your Homework
Getting into an Ivy League University
is not in the luck of the draw. It is a process throughout the
educational years, with a specific goal in mind. Therefore, do
your homework! Yes, it does mean doing your best in every grade
before college. But, it also involves much more preparedness.
Do not do a couple of activities in
community service, just so it looks good on the application later.
You must have the attitude of being an active member in society in general.
In other words, if you truly want to make a difference, show it along
Next, take advantages of the services
of a guidance counselor at school, or other professional educators at
the college level. Ask questions, and act on the answers.
Also, write to the educational institutions. Ask what is needed
to improve the chances for acceptance. Show a sincere interest.
Finally, read! Plenty of literature
is available from learned individuals who have participated in the processes
of entering and selecting students for Ivy League schools. For
example, Michele A. Hernandez is a former assistant director of admissions
to Dartmouth. She knows exactly what the committees are looking
for, when selecting the next freshman class. So, reading her book
A is for Admission will prove to be a great resource.
Ensuring a stellar education begins
before a child ever darkens the doors of the public education system.
Reading well is the foundation for all learning in the future.
Plus, providing the resources to expound learning interests is really
important. If you want the best education, do not wait until college.
Start by taking accelerated classes, college level courses, and becoming
genuinely involved in the community. When it finally becomes time
to apply, do not disregard the competition. Put your best foot
forward with a professional and thorough presentation of your qualifications
for admission. Start today for a brighter future tomorrow.