Here is our list of strategies to increase your chances of getting in to an Ivy League university:
Study like you’ve never studied before
One way that the Ivy’s weed out candidates is by eliminating those who have not excelled academically. If you are aspiring to study at an Ivy League university, your marks need to be impressive. Find a tutor, ask your teachers for extra credit assignments, and make sure you get plenty of sleep (or at least some sleep. High school is hard).
Prepare well for the SAT
Some of you will have taken the NBT and if not, you will be familiar with the concept of standardized testing. Don’t underestimate the SAT though - there are helpful study guides online, and you should spend some time doing several SAT practice tests before the main event so that you are familiar with the way that the questions are asked. SAT questions are designed to trick you, and you’ll need to practice to feel comfortable with them.
Think about your extracurricular activities
Because there are thousands of students who are applying with extremely high marks, one of the things that admissions officers look for are impressive extracurricular activities. Things like volunteering, part-time work, or interesting hobbies are all things that you should include in your application and will provide you with potential material for your admissions essays.
Speaking of the essay
Aside from your marks and the SAT, your essays are one of the most critical parts of your
application. Spend a lot of time on these, and don’t just put your CV in essay form. Rather, think about what you’re passionate about, and remember that you don’t have to have “change the world” dreams to make your essay appealing. All the reader wants to see is that you’re passionate about impacting whatever niche you choose to study in. If you’re stuck coming up with ideas, email us! We have a team member on hand who can help you conceptualise your ideas and edit your essays to perfection.
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