Should You Consider an Ivy League or a Public Ivy League?

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Throughout a student’s academic career, the term Ivy Leagues may have been brought up a couple times, which illustrates eight of the most private and prestigious schools: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale.

On top of high grades and great test scores, students must demonstrate that they are constantly challenging themselves and are striving for success in order to be considered for admission.

According to USA Today, students have to really set themselves apart and prove that they’re special, not just smart.

Being involved with extracurricular activities such as sports, community service and so on does not prove anything to the college admissions. Rather than being impressed by the quantity of activities, the Ivies are more interested in seeing what students have gained out of them, such as leadership skills, teamwork, management skills and discipline.

Kat Cohen, founder of admissions consulting firm Ivy Wise, said that the key to differentiating yourself from others is to be genuine. Admissions staff encourage students to write about what’s not found in their application as the personal essay’s purpose is to be an opportunity for students to showcase who they are and what their interests and passions are.

Although there are many benefits of attending an Ivy League they are considered as “reach school,” which means that they are a reach to get into because of their higher level of academic credentials.

In contrast, Public Ivies, a term coined by Richard Moll, are universities that provide an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price.

According to Brand College Consulting’s article, Public Ivy’s not only include just high-performing academics, they also encompass attractive campuses with diverse student populations similar to those at Yale or Harvard.

Moll’s original list of Public Ivy League schools consisted of 15 schools including: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, Miami University of Ohio, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, University of Vermont (Burlington), University of Virginia (Charlottesville), College of William and Mary (Virginia).

There are actually plenty of undergraduate programs at public universities that surpass those of the Ivy Leagues. UC Berkeley for example is ranked as one of the top universities in the countries.

Ivy League or not, students should decide whether the campus they are interested in applying for suits their individual needs for resources to succeed.

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