Ivy League

Ivy League Application: Sample Interests and Activities Statement

For his statement on interests and activities, Zane chose to attach a separate summary, since the two inches of space allowed on the application page could hardly contain a comprehensive look at his activities. Zane went back to his elementary years, even though HYPer asked only for information on grades 10 and 11, and he ...

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Achievement Diary: Documenting A Child’s Development

If you’ve read this far, you undoubtedly have Ivy-level colleges in mind for your kid. Loud Angry Voice from Offstage: “Well, maybe my kid doesn’t have ‘Ivy’ in mind. There are plenty of great schools out there that aren’t ‘Ivy,’ you elitist enabler!” Exactly. Maybe some of these kids don’t have anything in mind. That’s ...

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Written Responses to College Application Questions

1. If you were given the opportunity to spend one year in service on behalf of others, which area would you choose? Briefly explain why. Since I love to teach, tutoring my fellow students would be a great way to spend a year. I have significant experience tutoring; I’ve been part of my school’s peer ...

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Book Review: A Is For Admission

A Is for Admission : The Insider’s Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, by Michele A. Hernandez Paperback – 288 pages;  Warner Books This book caused quite a stir when it first came out in the late ’90s. Hernandez is a former Dartmouth College admissions officer. She then decided to ...

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Sample of Ivy Application Written Responses

Ivy Application Written Responses: The “Engineering Statement” 1. Why are you interested in studying engineering? Engineering combines the theory and application of math and physics, the two technical areas in which I have the most ability and interest. Engineering, therefore, provides a forum for my science and math skills that could result in a development ...

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Top Colleges

Dartmouth or The Dartboard: Targeting Top Colleges By Dave Berry Ivy Passion, Ivy Pride What is it with all this Ivy League ranting and raving?  Where does it come from and what perpetuates it?  What should we do about it?  These questions seem reasonable in light of the spiraling number of applications that the eight ...

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Elite-College Application: Main Essay Sample

In the space below, tell one story about yourself that would best provide us, either directly or indirectly, with an insight into the kind of person you are. For example, the story can simply relate a personal experience, or a humorous anecdote; it can tell about an especially significant academic encounter or about an unusual ...

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Ivy Admissions: Can It Really Be That Hard?

Ethan Bronner, in a particularly apt New York Times article on the difficulties of elite admissions, quotes former Dartmouth College dean of admissions, Karl Furstenberg, on the subject of the high number of qualified applicants.  Furstenberg said, “This makes our job harder, but it forces us to look at the intangibles . . . how ...

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Ivy Applications: Optional Questions

This is the form to use if there’s anything else you’d like to tell us that we haven’t asked you about on the application. If you believe that there is some fact, experience, talent, thought, or whatever which just didn’t seem to fit into our application but which you’d like us to take into consideration, ...

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Ivy League Admissions

So you want to go to the Ivy League, huh? As Pink Floyd says, “Welcome to the machine.” Every year, legions of highly qualified and not-so-qualified applicants knock at the admission doors of these eight great schools. There is much information about Ivy League admissions, but the best place to start is with the Web ...

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