How to Prepare Strong Ivy League Applications

Posted On 27.06.2019 | Blog

It’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about your college applications!

You might be worrying about your personal statement, concerned about which school to apply early decision, or wondering which teachers are the best for your recommendations.

Or maybe you’re a bit younger and you’re not as stressed out as your grade 12 peers, but you can feel the pressure setting in. After all, it’s never too early to think about your college applications.

No matter what age you are, you might be wondering how to get your hands on that coveted Ivy League acceptance letter.

Well, we’re here to give you insider tips on how you can prepare a strong application that stands out to Ivy League admissions officers.


5 Components of a Strong Ivy League Application


1.  Leadership

While you might have some wonderful talents and some good extracurricular participation, you don’t have much if you don’t have any leadership.

For students looking to get accepted into the Ivy League, leadership is a must have! Why?

Schools like Harvard and Yale want students who will make a mark on their college campus, and a key indicator of this is how much leadership a student has on their college application. They want kids who are editors-in-chief of their school newspaper and president of student council, because these types of kids are the ones who will volunteer and join extracurricular activities and encourage others to get involved.


2.  Passion

All students need to have passion in their profile, but Ivy League candidates need to demonstrate their passion in a concrete way.

Whether that’s having your own independent research project about a topic of interest or founding your own business or NGO, it’s important to have organized and structured your passion through an activity or project if you want to be considered for the top schools.


3.  Strong Academic Interest

The Ivy League likes students who know what they want and have evidence to prove it!

What this mean is, if you want to be a physics major, you’d better have activities, research, and internships or summer programs to show how much you love it. The strongest students have a variety of different forms of support for their academic interest.

However, it’s not just about quantity, it’s about quality. Ivy League schools would rather you be committed consistently to one activity (and have a leadership position in it) that shows off your academic interest, than have you belong to many different activities where you only participate.


4.  Community Service

All colleges want students who give back to their community, but the top colleges want students who do this in unique and interesting ways.

It’s not enough anymore to just be a participant in a yearly beach clean up activity done at school. Instead, focus on unique community service opportunities in your local community.

And if you see a group of people who need help but no one is helping them, consider starting your own community service activity! Remember leadership is important!


5.  Purpose

While passion is important, Ivy League schools want to know what you’re going to do with all of that passion. They want to know your purpose!

What drives you? What will you do with your Ivy League education? These are the questions that college admissions consider when deciding whether to accept or deny you.

So, make sure, somewhere in your application, you’re clear about what you’re going to do once you get to college and what you plan to do after!


Need Help Preparing for the Ivy League?


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