The Ivy League colleges regularly appear in the top 15 college rankings in the United States and pride themselves on having very rigorous academics.
All eight universities are placed in the top sixteen of the U.S. News & World Report University Rankings. The eight institutions, as per their ranking are:
Year os Establishment
Upper Manhattan, New York City
Princeton, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
New Haven, Connecticut
University of Pennsylvania
Hanover, New Hampshire
Providence, Rhode Island
Ivy League schools are highly selective, often selecting under 10% of the total applicants! They are also very expensive to attend, with only tuition fees averaging $50,000 a year. The student would have to account for other expenses such as living, food, travel, etc. in addition to the tuition fees.
The Ivy League institutions are heavily endowed, with Harvard being the wealthiest university in the world, Yale the second wealthiest, and Princeton the fourth wealthiest.
Although an Ivy League education carries the benefits of looking great on a CV and entry to a valuable alumni network, this sort of education comes at a price —both in the tuition costs that the student pays and the stress of the highly competitive admissions process.
However, it’s also a good idea to look at other institutions outside the Ivy League, as they may have aspects that may appeal more to specific students. Even if in the end a student decides that they will apply to Ivy League universities, they will be secured and more informed than they had applied to other universities first.
Facts that students should consider before applying to Ivy leagues: Costs Involved: Their course fees are quite expensive when compared to others and the East coast is not a cheap place to live, eat, and sleep.
Grades Required: Then there are the grades, qualifications, and extra curriculum requirements students will have to consider. The simple point to understand here is that only the best of best gets selected.
Acceptance Rate: Their admission acceptances are on average under 10%. This means 90% of students who apply don’t get a place. So students should make sure they also apply to other colleges as well.
Application: A student can apply to any of the 8 Ivy League institutions with the Common Application but only Cornell, Harvard, and Princeton Universities accept the Universal College Application.