The 411 on Ivy League Schools like Harvard and Yale

So what is an Ivy League school? You’ve probably heard the term a few times. You might even know the names of some Ivy League universities. But what does “Ivy League” mean, and what is the distinction from other schools? This article will give you the scoop on all of these questions, so go ahead and dive in!

Ivy League institutions are known for their academic excellence, selective admission process, and a sense of social elitism and prestige. 

Ivy League
The term Ivy League refers to the athletic conference that eight private institutions in the Northeastern United States belong to. The schools in the Ivy League are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. It’s interesting that the Ivy League is the athletic conference these schools belong to, because the schools aren’t really known for their athletic programs. Ivy League institutions are known for their academic excellence, selective admission process, and a sense of social elitism and prestige. These schools are often revered as the being the top academic institutions of America, and the acceptance rate of these schools can be as low as 6 percent of total applicants.

Can I go to an Ivy League?
A 6 percent acceptance rate can sound pretty intimidating, but that shouldn’t stop you from applying; the acceptance rate of Ivy League schools ranges up to 18 percent. If you are interested in one of these schools, you should definitely look into applying. Many schools, including Ivy Leagues, offer Latino-specific scholarships. There are already some excellent things happening at Ivy League institutions like Cornell University and Yale University concerning Latino involvement and outreach. Yes, these schools are prestigious, but remember that that doesn’t mean that they are out of your reach. Don’t be discouraged or intimidated by the prestigious reputation. You should check out the admissions webpage of any of these institutions or other colleges you’re interested in.

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