Ivy League schools are fussy about who they admit. After all, they are some of the most prestigious schools in the country, if not the world, and they are now even more difficult than ever to get accepted into, due to the huge rise in the number of applicants brought about by online applications.
You may not have a perfect GPA or a long list of accomplishments in extracurricular activities. But, that does not mean that you can’t get into an Ivy League school.
The most important thing you can do to get into such an institution is to take challenging courses in high school, especially college-prep courses. Doing well in an advanced course will mean more to an Ivy League recruiter than excelling in an easy class. If you are not generally a straight-A student, try finding advanced classes taught by teachers you like.
Study for your PSAT’s and SAT’s, as these will give you a chance to show how much you know, not just how well you can do in school.
Spend your time on your essays. These are some of the most-important parts of a college application. Colleges today put a lot more emphasis on essays than they did, even a few years ago. Talk to family and friends to get their inputs on auto-biographical questions.
Do things outside of school, like clubs, teams or volunteer work. Admissions officials, especially at Ivy League schools, want students who go beyond schoolwork.
Most of all, don’t rush. Apply early.