Ivy Leagues are not created equal

August 19, 2006 at 10:08 am 5 comments

Posted by Dee

There are eight Ivy Leagues: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, UPenn, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown.

While they share many similarities, they are nowhere near the identical in terms of their academic and extracurricular programs. Be careful during your interviews, through essays, and in overall application not to overlook nuances. For example, some of the Ivy’s may allow double majors while others do not; so you may have to alter your application to accomodate for these differences. Afterall, you don’t want to look ignorant about the school you are applying to; it will be an immediate flag for an adcom if you suggest you’d like to pursue something their school doesn’t even offer.

It is important to be knowledgeable about every school you apply to, but I raise this issue in particular with the Ivy’s because there’s often the misconception that because they’re grouped together, they have similar policies, academics, activites, and opportunities, which may not always be the case.


Entry filed under: Academics, Brown, Colleges/Universities, Columbia, Common application, Cornell, Dartmouth, Essays, Harvard, Interviews, Ivy league, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, Yale.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cbass  |  August 30, 2006 at 12:43 am

    FYI – Duke is not an IVY, and Brown is. Just thought you would want to know that.

  • 2. Cbass proves my point! « AdmitSpit  |  August 30, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    […] The AdmitSpit blog just received its first comment today! Embarrassingly enough, apparently I left Brown University off of the list of Ivy League schools in the post “Ivy Leagues are not created equal,” and incidentally added Duke instead. (My apologizes!) […]

  • 3. Susan  |  September 4, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    “will be an immediate flag for an adcom if you suggest you’d like to pursue something they’re school doesn’t even offer”

    using ‘they’re’ instead of ‘their’ might be another red flag 🙂

  • 4. Dee  |  September 5, 2006 at 7:44 am

    Haha. Thanks, Susan! 🙂

  • 5. Theodore  |  January 14, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    As usual I am kind of nervous about the whole idea. My most feared question would be why princeton over for example Yale? Both offer majors i am interested in and lovely learning environments.


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