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Ivy League Acceptance Rates (Just How Hard Is It to Get In?)

March 20, 2020
Written by Taylor

Sure, it's hard to get into Harvard, you may have thought recently. It's one of the top five universities in the world. (It's actually ranked sixth, but who's counting?) But what does "hard to get into" really mean? I'm a strong high school student with a good resume. Don't I have good grades in hard classes and excellent SAT scores? Don't I play a sport and an instrument and have interesting hobbies? What about my service trip, summer program, after school job? What more could top colleges want?

Harvard Acceptance Rate & Admission Requirements (Complete Guide)

March 20, 2020
Written by Taylor

Everyone knows the basics of Harvard University: nestled in the heart of vibrant Cambridge, Massachusetts, it's the oldest and arguably most respected, well-known university in the United States. Harvard applicants hail from all over the world, seeking the profound social and academic enrichment of its extensive resources, close connections to the city of Boston, historic campus, and engaged, ambitious student body.

Princeton Acceptance Rate & Admission Requirements (Complete Guide)

March 20, 2020
Written by Taylor

Just an hour outside of New York, in beautiful suburban New Jersey, lies Princeton University, one of the most prestigious and storied universities in the United States. From the moment many students walk onto campus, they know this is their dream school. Yet with an applicant pool of more than 35,000 high school students, do you have what it takes to stand out?

Stanford Acceptance Rate & Admission Requirements (Complete Guide)

March 20, 2020
Written by Taylor

Situated in beautiful Palo Alto, California, and within minutes of the innovation hub in Silicon Valley and the cultural epicenter of San Francisco, Stanford has become one of the most highly regarded universities in the world. Today, thousands of eager high school students apply, seeking the profound social and academic enrichment of its extensive resources, close connections to the nearby tech world, and the engaged, ambitious student body.

Yale Acceptance Rate & Admissions Requirements (Complete Guide)

March 18, 2020
Written by Taylor

It's easy to fall in love with Yale University. Maybe you stopped in New Haven with your parents to escape the traffic on I-95 in Connecticut, and from the moment you saw that Gothic architecture, you knew this was it. Later you read about Yale's residential colleges (which made it seem just like Hogwarts!), and Yale became your number one choice.