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Getting Into Ivy League Colleges & Universities

Each of the Ivy League colleges: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, U Penn, Princeton and Yale has its own admissions criteria. In other words, an SAT score of 2100 means one thing at Brown, another thing at Cornell, and something else to the other six Ivy League colleges. This leaves most students and parents with the following problem…

“I’ve been looking at the average GPA, test scores, and activities for different Ivy League colleges and cannot figure out where I stand. I’m below average on some of the statistics and above average on others. How do I know if I can get in?”

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Our Ivy League-educated experts combine our admissions expertise with advanced statistical analysis to calculate your percentage chances of admission at the colleges you're considering. Knowing where you stand at your top choice colleges can help you narrow down your list of colleges. You will feel confident that you are applying to a good mix of colleges and not wasting your time and money applying to too many colleges or the wrong mix of schools.

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Some of the advantages of knowing your chances of admission:

  • Save time and money on visits and applications by focusing on the top colleges that you have the best chances of getting into
  • Clearly identify reach, likely and safety schools
  • Reduce anxiety by knowing if you are on track to get into your top choices
  • Quantitative analysis lacks biases and time restrictions of high school counselors

Brown University

45 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2378

  • Acceptance Rate: 9%
  • Enrollment: 6,100 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Social Sciences–23%
    • Biology–10%
    • Arts–7%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, essay

Columbia University

1130 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-2522

  • Acceptance Rate: 7%
  • Enrollment: 5,900 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Social Sciences–25%
    • Engineering–21%
    • Biology–9%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, essay

Cornell University

410 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Acceptance Rate: 18%
  • Enrollment: 13,900 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Engineering–18%
    • Business/Marketing–13%
    • Agriculture–12%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT or ACT, essay

Dartmouth College

6016 McNutt Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 646-2875

  • Acceptance Rate: 12%
  • Enrollment: 4,100 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Social Sciences–31%
    • Biology–11%
    • History–7%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, essay

Harvard University

86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1551

  • Acceptance Rate: 6%
  • Enrollment: 6,650 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Social Sciences–37%
    • Biology–12%
    • History–11%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, essay, interview

University of Pennsylvania

1 College Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

  • Acceptance Rate: 10%
  • Enrollment: 9,900 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Business/Marketing–22%
    • Social Sciences–15%
    • Engineering–12%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, essay

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544

  • Acceptance Rate: 7%
  • Enrollment: 5,150 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Social Sciences–24%
    • Engineering–19%
    • Biology–8%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, essay

Yale University

149 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-9300

  • Acceptance Rate: 6%
  • Enrollment: 5,300 undergraduates
  • Most Popular Majors:
    • Social Sciences–27%
    • History–11%
    • Interdisciplinary Studies–9%
  • Admissions Requirements:
    SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, essay

About the Ivy League Colleges

The Ivy League colleges share high academic standards, historic pedigrees, and an athletic conference. But although the Ivies are often talked about as a group, each of the eight Ivy League colleges (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale), differ from each other in many significant respects including academic focus, number of undergraduates, and the feel and campus type.

The Ivy League schools also have different admissions criteria and standards, so a student’s chance of admission typically varies significantly from Ivy to Ivy. If you’re curious about which Ivies you are more likely to get into, Go4Ivy can calculate your chances of admission at the Ivy League colleges and other top schools.

History of the Ivy League

The term Ivy League commonly refers to a group of eight, east-coast colleges and universities renowned for their high academic standards and significant history. These schools were some of the earliest American institutions founded: Harvard in 1636, Yale in 1701, Penn in 1740, Princeton in 1746, Columbia in 1754, Brown in 1764, Dartmouth in 1769 and Cornell in 1865.

Taken more literally, the Ivy League refers to the athletic conference in which the eight colleges' sports teams compete. The term 'Ivy League' was conceived in the 1930s by Stanley Woodward, a New York Herald Tribune sports writer. It was not until years later that an official coalition was actually formed by the universities.

In 1945, the presidents of each university created committees whose tasks were to establish athletic policies on issues like eligibility, budgets, and length of season play. These policies were (and still are) meant to balance scholarship and athletics. Although Ivy League sports teams compete in Division I athletics, the schools do not offer athletic scholarships and maintain the same academic standards for both athletes and non-athletes.

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