Which Ivy League is For You? (2023)

R. Butler, Staff Writer
April 27, 2023

College acceptances are all anyone can talk about recently, and the lucky few who have gotten into Ivy Leagues this year are sparking curiosity in rising seniors about these famous schools. What makes them Ivy Leagues? Are they all pretty much the same? There are a lot of questions those looking into the universities may have, and it’s a good idea to narrow down the list of Ivies you plan to apply to if you’re interested in going to one of these top schools. Here are some commonly asked questions about Ivy Leagues and descriptions of the schools’ atmospheres, academics, and structures to find the best fit(s) for you:

Ivy League FAQs

What are Ivy Leagues? The ‘Ivy League’ is a group of eight universities in the Northeastern United States that have a reputation for high scholastic achievement and social prestige. The association of “ivy” with these universities most likely began in 1933 when the term was utilized by Stanley Woodward when he wrote in the New York Tribune: “A proportion of our eastern ivy colleges are meeting little fellows another Saturday before plunging into the strife and the turmoil.” This line was referencing the football season of the schools, which included Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy, which had already had long-standing traditions in their competitions. Additionally, ‘ivy’ is a plant that can climb the walls of buildings extensively for years and cover walls with its brush. For this reason, Woodward likely used the term “ivy colleges” as a sort of double entendre for the excelling nature of ivy (and the students of these schools), and because of the tradition done in these universities called “planting the ivy.” This was a tradition in the 1800s where students would plant ivy around their schools’ campuses. UPenn, for example, planted ivy near each building in the springtime, and the day was known as “Ivy Day.”

What schools are Ivy Leagues? The eight current Ivy League Schools are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.

Are they all private schools? Yes, all of the Ivy Leagues are private schools.

Are they hard to get into? Yes. The Ivy League Schools have an average acceptance rate of just above 9%, making them among the most selective schools in the world.

What is the best Ivy League School? The Best National University Rankings ranks Princeton as #1 on the basis of student-faculty ratios, average federal loan debt of graduates, majors offered, tuition policies, student body demographics, and campus life. Though, Harvard is the most selective Ivy, with the lowest acceptance rate of any Ivy, 4%.

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What Makes Each Ivy Unique

Though grouped together for their prestige and world-class academics, the eight Ivy League schools are all very distinct from one another in terms of their values, curriculum styles, locations, what majors they prioritize, campus sizes, and of course, much more.

Brown University

Brown was founded in 1764 and is located in Providence, the capital city of Rhode Island. Famous for its commitment to research and open curriculum, it has an acceptance rate of 5.5%, and its average scores are 1440-1550 for the SAT and 32-35 for the ACT. It is prestigious and selective on the basis of academics but is praised for being more open-minded when considering applicants, and for doing so holistically.

Being located in the small city of Providence, RI, students who attend Brown aren’t really living on an urban scene like is desired by many prospective Ivy League students. Brown’s campus is a rural haven within the city, located in a scenic area with lots of green grass, tall trees, and historic buildings. If students are itching for that city feel, Boston is an only hour-long bus ride away.

Brown is a great school for those looking for a more liberal education, as Brown is renowned for its open curriculum structure in which students have few required courses and are able to create their own personalized and flexible courses of study, allowing them to take advantage of the variety of rigorous courses. CollegeVine even writes that “students at Brown can take as many classes as they want Pass/Fail, essentially making grades optional. In general, the academic culture at Brown encourages exploration and experimentation, and it is specifically designed to allow students to branch out to areas outside their majors without fear of their GPAs suffering as a result.” This system creates a less competitive, and therefore less tense, and more community-oriented school environment at Brown University.

Something else that Brown is famous for is its progressiveness and diversity. The university facilitates productive discussions about the issues we face in our world today, welcoming a variety of perspectives and opinions with a seat at the table. The university administration prioritizes inclusivity initiatives to create a welcoming campus for all, which is why Brown regularly ranks high on lists of the happiest colleges. Brown also encourages immersing its students in a variety of cultures, granting them free access to museums and cultural centers in Providence.

If this distinct campus culture of freedom, unconventionally, independence, and inclusion appeals to your interests regarding your higher education, Brown University is an Ivy that you should consider applying to.

Columbia University

Columbia University was founded in 1754 in New York, New York. The school has an acceptance rate of 4.1%, with its average SAT scores being 1480-1560 and average ACT scores being 33-35. Columbia is renowned for its distinctive Core Curriculum, research facilities, and intimate learning environments.

Columbia University is located in NYC’s Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, between the Upper West Side and West Harlem. This area, despite being a bustling urban center, is referred to as a sort of college town, as it’s also home to Barnard College and the Manhattan School of Music. If you have dreams of studying in the big city, Columbia would be a great pick, as it’s right in the middle of the action. The campus is home to buildings with stunning architecture and is walkable, giving the school a neighborhood feel within such a lively city.

The undergraduate experience at Columbia University is shaped by its Core Curriculum, which is a set of classes all students attending their liberal arts college (Columbia College) are required to take. Students attending their School of Engineering and Applied Science are also required to take some core classes, but the requirements aren’t as limiting. The Core Curriculum places a heavy emphasis on classical literature and writing skills, producing well-rounded, capable graduates.

Columbia often attracts students who are avidly interested in politics due to the area’s rich history, so the university is perfect for students passionate about their political beliefs. The school being located in New York City is also a big pull factor for a lot of students from different countries, making Columbia the Ivy League with the highest percentage of international students. Columbia is also one of the most racially diverse Ivies, with 50% of undergraduate students identifying as people of color. This blend of students from a variety of backgrounds coupled with the exciting environment of NYC is perfect for a prospective student who is looking to step out of their comfort zone and become a more experienced citizen.

Cornell University

Cornell University is the youngest Ivy League school, being founded in 1865 in Ithaca, New York. The average SAT scores for Cornell are 1400-1560 and the average ACT scores are 32-35. Cornell is the easiest Ivy League to get into, but not by much, with an acceptance rate of about 8.7%. It was the first university to offer degrees in Journalism, Veterinary Medicine, and Electrical Engineering, programs that are still going strong at Cornell today.

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Cornell’s campus is a stunning location encased in natural elements, and it has the largest campus of all of the Ivies. Its buildings provide a mix of historic and contemporary architecture that creates a homey feel even in the midst of such a large school. The city of Ithaca is full of nature’s marvels, being right on Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. It’s also home to multiple stunning waterfalls, and Cornell itself has their own botanic gardens.

Cornell’s undergraduate experience is made distinct by its seven different undergraduate schools. Among these are its highly-ranked engineering and agriculture colleges, as well as the School of Hotel Administration. Cornell’s variety of specialized and unconventional programs in a multitude of fields grants undergraduates the chance to pursue an education tailor-made to their interests. Home to 80 majors and 122 minors, Cornell is a modern pioneer in education.

Life at Cornell is defined by a culture of critical thinking, self-discovery, and embracing all. Students are surrounded by the wonders of nature, enhancing their focus and inspiring their creativity. With the largest undergraduate enrollment of any Ivy, Cornell adopts the feel of a larger public university. That’s not where the similarity ends either, as Cornell has quite a prevalent element of Greek life, and is home to over 60 fraternities and sororities, of which 1/3 of the student population belongs to. Cornell isn’t your typical old-school, small, urban Ivy, but is more characterized by the notion of new-age education that caters to the needs and interests of the younger generation. If Cornell’s public school feel and nature scene appeal to you, consider adding it to your list of potential Ivies.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth has an acceptance rate of about 6.2%, around average for the Ivies, with their average SAT scores ranging from 1440-1560 and their average ACT scores being 32-35. This university is known for its strong undergraduate focus and research-oriented academia, while also having a reputation of being the ‘Party Ivy’ due to its populous Greek life. That said, Dartmouth College was ranked the third highest university in the nation in “total reports of rape” in 2014, having 42 reports of rape on their main campus. Students at Dartmouth also have been known to engage in dangerous kinds of hazing and alcohol abuse, leading to multiple past police raids of the college. Many attribute this to the big scene of Greek life at Dartmouth, causing many to reconsider applying to or attending the school.

Dartmouth’s campus in Hanover, New Hampshire has a small-town feel in its suburban location, with picturesque natural scenery that attracts outdoorsy students. Dartmouth’s website writes that its campus is “renowned throughout the world for its mountain vistas, towering pines, and pastoral setting in the deep green Upper Connecticut River Valley.” The school’s setting is undoubtedly a pleasant place to study and socialize, enhancing the Ivy League experience Dartmouth provides. There’s even the well-known Baker-Berry library, which students say resembles the library at Hogwarts.

Dartmouth is largely characterized by its focus on its undergraduate students, providing them with the most attention and resources. Despite being home to four graduate schools, undergrads need not worry about being put second to grad students. Dartmouth also has a unique grading period system, as it does not follow the common two-semester system but the four-quarter system, having three grading periods in a typical school year and four year-round. It should be noted that the school is small compared to other Ivies, with a total undergrad enrollment of around 4,000 students. This small class size and the secluded location of Hanover make for a very tight-knit community at Dartmouth.

With its focus on the undergraduate experience, Dartmouth makes it a point to offer many amenities and resources to its students. The university’s splendid housing and dining are renowned, and there are many healthcare, academic, psychological, and career resources open to all students at the school. In addition to Dartmouth’s countless clubs, activities, and student organizations, there really isn’t a need to leave the campus, especially for entertainment. Dartmouth even writes on its website that “a common complaint is an insufficient time to enjoy them all.”

If you feel like Dartmouth’s benefits outweigh the risks associated with its Greek life, and think that this smaller Ivy surrounded by natural elements is what you’re looking for, consider applying.

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Brown University's campus in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Harvard University

Harvard University was founded in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the school has three main campuses in Cambridge, Allston, and Boston. Harvard, perhaps the most famous of the Ivy Leagues, has one of the most exclusive acceptance rates of around 4%. Average SAT scores range from 1460 to 1580, and average ACT scores are 33-35.

Harvard is surrounded by many other renowned colleges, such as MIT, Boston College, Boston University, and more, allowing for a bustling community of young people seeking to make their way in the world. Harvard’s locations are key, allowing its students some of the best opportunities to network with peers, faculty, and employers. Students can enjoy the campus’s proximity to Boston and all of the action and resources of the big city while also being able to have access to other parts of the campus’s smaller and quieter urban settings. Harvard’s campus in Cambridge is imprinted in the minds of many, with crimson brick buildings surrounding grassy squares with large, far-reaching trees, a perfect place to lay down a blanket and study.

In contrast to some Ivies that feature more lenient, open curriculums with few requirements, Harvard has its own rules. Harvard has a set of general education requirements that all freshmen must take in addition to the required courses for their major. This is designed to make Harvard students well-versed in areas that aren’t just limited to their intended courses of study. Though, this isn’t to say students aren’t afforded a good amount of freedom in pursuing their academic interests, as Harvard provides a multitude of undergraduate research opportunities that students can take advantage of. Harvard’s state-of-the-art resources and world-renowned faculty members also make for little criticism about the school’s course requirements.

Harvard also has a distinct system of student housing. There are 12 residential houses that students are placed into after their sophomore year, each having its own culture and personality, similar, once again, to that of Hogwarts. Students remain living in the same house until graduation, allowing them to form tight-knit communities, and facilitating the social scene at Harvard. This is unique from other schools, and even other Ivies, and really gives the school that special, exclusive feel that many prospective students look for. If you feel that Harvard’s location and culture is the school environment that you seek, definitely put the university on your list.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has an acceptance rate of about 5.9%. The university has average SAT scores of 1450-1550 and average ACT scores of 33-35, typical for most Ivies.

UPenn is set in the University City of Philadelphia, which provides students with an urban setting with plentiful opportunities for internships, employment, and cultural immersion. The city of Philadelphia is also home to rich American history, with sights such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other Revolutionary War relics to behold. UPenn’s campus is made up of beautiful historical buildings on its sprawling 299 acres.

UPenn has four undergraduate schools, The College of Arts & Sciences, The Wharton School of Business, The School of Engineering and Applied Science, and The School of Nursing. Penn’s business and nursing schools set them apart from other Ivies, as the programs are structured more liberally. Though, The College of Arts & Sciences’ curriculum structure is more geared towards instruction in various disciplines and skill sets, and is a more practical and traditional kind of education. For undergrads, there are over 90 majors to pursue at these four schools, and all facilities are cutting-edge. The university defines the education it provides as informed by “inclusivity, intellectual rigor, research, and the impetus to create new knowledge to the benefit of individuals and communities around the world.”

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At UPenn, Greek life is more prominent than it is at some other Ivy League schools, but sororities and fraternities don’t completely make up the social scene. Students looking for ways to socialize beyond Greek life can get involved in one of UPenn’s 450+ student organizations or the College House system, similar to Harvard’s housing system, which has 12 distinct communities where students can network with like-minded peers throughout the entirety of their stay at UPenn. UPenn also has many spiritual and religious organizations where students can feel at home and makes a point to be inclusive to all belief systems, which is a distinctive quality of Penn among the other Ivies. There is always something to do at the university, with on-campus museums, live arts performances, historic school traditions, athletics, and more.

If the University of Pennsylvania’s historic location, vibrant urban culture, and diverse educational opportunities sound like what you’re looking for, consider adding UPenn to your roster.

Princeton University

Princeton University was founded in 1746 in Princeton, New Jersey, and has an acceptance rate of about 4.4%, making it one of the most highly exclusive Ivy Leagues. As previously mentioned, Princeton was ranked the #1 school by The Best National University Rankings on the basis of student-faculty ratios, average federal loan debt of graduates, majors offered, tuition policies, student body demographics, and campus life. Princeton’s average SAT scores are from 1460-1570 and average ACT scores are around 33-35.

Princeton is known as the most stereotypical Ivy League school, with its grand campus and prestigious reputation, and what’s more is it’s actually home to the largest amount of real ivy of any Ivy League’s campus. It spans over 600 acres, and features nearly 200 buildings of various architectural styles like Gothic, neoclassical, contemporary, and much more. The campus is walkable and bikeable, but also offers TigerTransit shuttle busses to students, so it’s suitable for all the ways anyone may need to get around. The town of Princeton, New Jersey is also home to a lot of rich American Revolution history much like UPenn, and students at Princeton University would have no shortage of sites and museums to visit throughout their school career.

Similar to Dartmouth, Princeton places a huge emphasis on undergraduate education. The university offers two degrees: A.B. for liberal arts students and B.S.E. for students of engineering and applied science. These programs both include general education requirements and a focus on independent research. The required courses give Princeton a diversified liberal arts education, producing eventual graduates who are Renaissance men and women and well-versed in various areas of study. Princeton’s website writes, “As a student, you benefit from the extraordinary resources of a world-class teaching and research university, and our low student-to-faculty ratio means you are able to develop close working relationships with professors who are leaders in their fields.” The university also emphasizes how its curriculum is based on the fundamentals of learning, creativity, innovation, and collaboration, and defines its educational model as one in which the student will explore many disciplines but also develop a deep understanding in one area of concentration.

Student Life at Princeton is similar to that of most Ivies: defined by the school’s clubs and organizations, culturally immersing activities of the surrounding area, Greek life, and distinct housing communities. Although, one social activity at Princeton sticks out among the rest: its famous eating clubs. Princeton’s eating clubs are private social organizations, many with a meticulous application process called “bickering.” If you’re a foodie, consider how this may appeal to you as a prospective student. Princeton also employs, in addition to typical dorm-style arrangements, a system of housing communities based on certain interests, so that students can room with like-minded individuals who can relate to one another and enjoy each other’s company.

If you feel that Princeton’s curriculum style, beautiful and historical campus, and culinary-centered student groups are what you’re looking for, consider putting Princeton on your list of Ivies to apply to.

Yale University

The last Ivy League School is Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale has an acceptance rate of about 5.3%, with average test scores being 1470-1560 for the SAT and 33-35 for the ACT. The coastal city of New Haven is home to many opportunities for social, cultural, and professional experiences, and is located about two hours away from New York City if Yale students are eager for even more action. Yale’s campus, like all of the Ivies, is a sight to behold. Its beautiful Gothic architecture and natural surroundings make it one of the most stunning schools in the world. Yale’s residential dorms are even described as “probably the most lavish and encompassing college dorms in the U. S.”

For some information about Yale’s academics, it’s important to know that all undergraduates attend Yale College, the liberal arts college within the university. Yale University has flexible general education requirements, less stringent than those of Princeton or Columbia. Yale has come to be known for its exceptional English and creative arts programs, and therefore writing is an important part of its undergraduate curriculum. There are more than a hundred writing courses to choose from concerning a wide variety of subjects. Yale writes that they “provide students with an immersive, collaborative, and inspiring environment where they can develop a broadly informed, highly disciplined intellect that will help them be successful in whatever work they finally choose,” and the facilities and instructors that Yale calls their own are certainly a testament to this.

As for student life, particularly undergraduate student life, much of the socialization among Yale attendees is defined by the residential college system that is reminiscent of Harvard’s and Princeton’s. Yale students are able to live in tight-knit communities throughout their sophomore, junior, and senior years, which allows them to make connections with their peers and professors, and also live and thrive in a space best attuned to their personal interests and ambitions. CollegeVine writes about another, quite Ivy-esque social feature of Yale: “As one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country, Yale also has a wealth of time-honed organizations and institutions, including several purported “secret societies,” all of which contribute to the remarkable pride Yale students and alumni take in their school.” If joining a secret, ancient, exclusive (and admittedly, pretentious) club at your school and becoming part of this culture of prestige appeals to you, consider applying to Yale University.


All in all, these eight Ivy League schools are individually special and unique in their own regard. Each one is attuned to the interests and needs of different prospective Ivy students, hence why it’s a good idea to get familiar with the values of each one and pick your top few matches before writing out eight whole applications. College applications are intimidating and lengthy, so if you’re interested in applying to some Ivy League Schools but don’t know which ones to devote your attention to, look further into the ones that have piqued your interest as you’ve been reading and consider applying. For all you know, you could be one of the lucky few to get admitted to some of the best universities in the world.

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Which Ivy League is For You? ›

A competitive application shows that the applicant has taken the most challenging curriculum available to him or her, and that student has achieved high grades on top of that. In other words, they have both a high GPA and many AP, IB, or Honors classes. For the Ivy League, a high GPA is, on average, a weighted 4.0.

How do you know if you are good enough for Ivy League? ›

A competitive application shows that the applicant has taken the most challenging curriculum available to him or her, and that student has achieved high grades on top of that. In other words, they have both a high GPA and many AP, IB, or Honors classes. For the Ivy League, a high GPA is, on average, a weighted 4.0.

What Ivy League is best for you? ›

How to Choose the Best Ivy League School for You
  • Best Ivy League for Engineering: Cornell University.
  • Best Ivy League for Political Science: Harvard University or Yale University.
  • Best Ivy League for Business: University of Pennsylvania.
  • Best Urban Ivy League: Harvard University.
Feb 28, 2023

Is a 3.7 good enough for Ivy League? ›

While 3.7 is a good high school GPA, Ivy League schools are incredibly competitive and a 3.7 GPA alone likely isn't enough to differentiate yourself. Applicants generally have a better chance of getting into an Ivy League school if they get closer to a 4.0 GPA.

Will one C ruin my chances of Ivy League? ›

Just one bad grade in an advanced level course is not going to ruin your chances at an Ivy League. However, consistently underperforming in advanced classes in your area-of-interest classes will penalize you in the applications process.

What is the 2nd easiest ivy to get into? ›

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College ranks as the second easiest Ivy League school to get into.

What is the lowest score to get into Ivy? ›

Ideal ACT/SAT Scores for Ivy League School Applications

The minimum SAT score to get into an Ivy League school ranges from 690 to 730 for the reading section and from 700 to 730 for the math section. Getting 700 or 710 (or higher) on both of these sections will give you an advantage at most Ivy League universities.

What is the lowest GPA to get into the Ivy League? ›

None of the Ivy League schools have a minimum GPA requirement for applications, which means anyone can apply regardless of their GPA.

What is the lowest GPA accepted at Harvard? ›

To get to Harvard your GPA has to be at least a 4.0 and even then if you get in your lucky but they require at least a 4.18 GPA only .

Which Ivy League has the happiest students? ›

Campus happiness: Brown is widely known as the happiest Ivy, perhaps because of students' freedom to choose courses with almost complete autonomy. Students report feeling less competition amongst themselves and an overall sense of campus community.

What is the most laid back ivy? ›

Brown. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown is more commonly known as the laid-back Ivy League.

Which Ivy is the most generous? ›

Among the very best universities in the world, Yale University is the one that statistically offers the most generous financial aid. The following statistics from Yale Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid demonstrate the financial aid that first-year students in the Class of 2023 received on average.

Can I go to Cornell with a 3.7 GPA? ›

Selection decisions (both on-campus and at the national level) are based on the following criteria: Academic record: Students should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and should have excellent analytic and communication skills.

Can I get into Stanford with a 3.7 GPA? ›

There is no minimum GPA or test score, nor is there any specific number of AP or honors courses you must have on your transcript in order to have your application reviewed or be admitted to Stanford.

Is a 4.7 GPA good for Harvard? ›

Average GPA: 4.18

(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. With a GPA of 4.18, Harvard requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants.

Is a B bad for Ivy League? ›

Can you get into the Ivy League with mostly A's and a couple of B's? Yes, you can get into top schools with some B's, but it depends on the rest of your academic profile.

Is one B bad for Ivy League? ›

An Ivy League school might accept a student who had all As and one or two Bs in the highest-level classes, but it probably wouldn't accept a student who had flawless grades in all mid- or low-level classes.

Will one b ruin my chances at an Ivy League? ›

No! If you do not have a perfect GPA, that does not automatically mean you will get rejected from your dream school, especially if you earned a lower grade in a particularly challenging course. Colleges want to see your work ethic and ability to challenge yourself. One A- or B will not ruin your chances of acceptance.

Which is the prettiest ivy? ›

The Ivy League with the best campus is Princeton. It's reputed as having the prettiest campus.

What is the most rural ivy? ›

Dartmouth College

In the most rural setting of all 8 Ivy League schools, Dartmouth is unique for its designation as a “college” rather than “university.” Dartmouth does, however, offer graduate degrees in addition to undergraduate degrees.

Is 1480 a good SAT score for Ivy League? ›

It depends. For the Ivy League, competitive scores range between 1500-1550. For other highly competitive schools, it's above 1400. 1300 and above will make you a competitive applicant for most other public universities and private universities.

Can I get into an Ivy with 5 B's? ›

Realize that you don't need straight "A" grades to get into the Ivy League, but every "B" on your transcript is lessening your chance of admission. Most successful Ivy League applicants have unweighted GPAs that are up in the 3.7 range or higher (3.9 or 4.0 is more common).

Is a 30 on the ACT good enough for Ivy League? ›

Admission to any of the eight Ivy League schools is highly selective, and ACT scores are an important piece of the admissions equation. Generally applicants will need a composite score of 30 or higher to be competitive although some applicants are admitted with lower scores.

What kind of students does Harvard look for? ›

In our admissions process, we give careful, individual attention to each applicant. We seek to identify students who will be the best educators of one another and their professors—individuals who will inspire those around them during their College years and beyond.

What is the lowest GPA Yale will accept? ›

What is the minimum GPA required for admission? We do not set a minimum GPA, nor do we attempt to re-weight GPA's to any standard other than what a school provides. An applicant's complete secondary school transcript (not just the GPA or class rank, if they are provided) is evaluated during the admissions process.

What is the lowest GPA accepted to MIT? ›

You should also have a 4.17 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as MIT, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. We'll cover those details next.

What is the highest accepting Ivy League school? ›

Cornell University is the Ivy League school that receives the most applications each year, and it's not surprising since they also have the highest acceptance rate. They received 67,380 applications for their class of 2025.

What is the lowest GPA UCLA will accept? ›

At a minimum, you must earn a 3.0 GPA or better (3.4 for nonresidents) in all college preparatory courses. No grades can be lower than a C.

Does Harvard kick out low GPAs? ›

If your GPA falls below 2.0, you are in poor academic standing. If you remain in poor academic standing for the following two terms, you are required to withdraw from the degree program. Your transcript will reflect this new status: RW (required to withdraw).

What is the lowest GPA to get into Columbia? ›

Columbia doesn't officially have a minimum GPA or a specific test score range that you must meet to gain admission. But that doesn't mean grades aren't important.

Which Ivy has the richest students? ›

Harvard University

As one of the most prestigious universities in the world, it comes as no surprise that Harvard has a student body that is among the wealthiest in the country. Many of the students at Harvard come from families with significant wealth and influence, and many go on to become leaders in their fields.

What is the IQ at Ivy Leagues? ›

First, going back to 1930 (translating back from standard deviations to IQ scores!) you can see that the average IQ of all college graduates was 111. The average IQ of Ivy League colleges was 120.

What impresses Ivy League schools? ›

  • Academic Performance. Ivy League schools expect you to have outstanding grades, and it's practically a prerequisite to applying. ...
  • Test Scores. SAT and ACT scores matter, but not as much as you think. ...
  • Personal Essays. The personal essay is just that - personal. ...
  • Extracurriculars. ...
  • Letters of Recommendation.
May 1, 2023

What kills ivy the best? ›

The experts recommend filling a spray bottle with your solution (apple cider vinegar, dish soap, and one tablespoon of salt) and spraying the mixture onto your ivy plants thoroughly. 'The vinegar and salt are the agents that attack the ivy the most,' Jeremy explains.

Is Brown the worst ivy? ›

Brown University ranks 14 in the Ivy League school ranking. Founded in 1764, Brown is the 7th oldest university for higher education in the US.

What is the easiest ivy to grow indoors? ›

You might have seen it indoors spilling out of pots or over shelves, or growing up walls or fences outdoors. English ivy is extremely easy to grow and will happily grow up a trellis or other support, or it makes a fantastic hanging plant.

Which Ivy has the most fun? ›

Campus happiness: Brown is widely known as the happiest Ivy, perhaps because of students' freedom to choose courses with almost complete autonomy. Students report feeling less competition amongst themselves and an overall sense of campus community.

Do most billionaires go to Ivy Leagues? ›

As you might expect, the colleges that produce the most billionaires are largely Ivy League universities. But even for those who never reach 10 figures, Ivy League universities can still generate wealth.

Which Ivy has highest graduation rate? ›

Ivy League Graduation Rates

And graduation rates are no different. Elite colleges—such as our example school, Harvard—boast some of the highest rates in the country. In fact, Harvard takes the number-one spot with a whopping 97% graduation rate.

What is the easiest Cornell college to get into? ›

Cornell Acceptance Rate by College

The Hotel School in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is the least competitive with an acceptance rate of 30% The School of Human Ecology has a 23 % acceptance rate, the second-highest acceptance rate of all the schools at Cornell.

What is the minimum GPA to rush Cornell? ›

For more information regarding recruitment, check out the Cornell Panhellenic Association Website . There is not a minimum GPA for Panhellenic recruitment. Individual sororities may use GPA as a consideration when selecting whom to invite back to events but there is not a restriction to register for the process.

Can I get into UPenn with a 3.7 GPA? ›

As with many other Ivy League schools, UPenn does not have a GPA cut-off, but specifies that high school performance is the single most important factor in the applicant selection process. SAT or ACT test scores are required for admission.

What GPA is required for Berkeley? ›

GPA and test scores of middle 25%-75% students
High School GPA4.15 - 4.30
ACT Composite Score30 - 35
ACT English Language Arts28 - 32
SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing660 - 750
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What GPA does UCLA require? ›

GPA and test scores of middle 25%-75% students
High School GPA4.18 - 4.32
ACT English Language Arts30 - 35
SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing670 - 760
SAT Mathematics690 - 790
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Does Harvard accept B students? ›

Does Harvard Accept B Students? Yes, just like I mentioned above, it's completely possible to get admitted into Harvard University with B grades. Admissions are not reserved only for straight-A students. Personally, I wasn't a straight A student in my college, before I applied to Harvard for my masters degree.

Is a perfect SAT score 1600 or 2400? ›

The maximum score on the SAT is a 1600. Out of the two million students who take the test every year, only about 500 get the highest possible SAT score. This elusive perfect score catapults you to the top of high school academic achievement and can be a big boost to your college applications.

Is a 3.8 GPA bad for Ivy League? ›

However, for college applicants, the average GPA is more likely between 3.5 and 4.0. If you're aiming for a top university such as one in the Ivy League, Stanford, MIT, or others of the same caliber, a 4.0 GPA — or close to it — is expected.

Can I get into an ivy with one C? ›

Since all Ivys use a holistic approach to admitting students, it's entirely possible that someone with a good reason could get admitted with a C or multiple Cs.

Do Ivy Leagues look at 9th grade? ›

Ivy League universities (and most universities, for that matter) consider student accomplishments from the ninth to 12th grades. So typically, achievements in say the 7th or 8th grade don't matter all that much. However, successful Ivy League applicants boast impressive school records right from the start.

Is a 32 good enough for Ivy League? ›

98th percentile: A 32 ACT score is above the national average. This score is excellent for most Ivy League universities. So if you are wondering, 'is 32 a good ACT score' to get into any of the highly selective Ivy League colleges, you should know that this score is sufficient to stand out among your competitors.

What is the least competitive ivy? ›

Cornell is considered the "easiest" Ivy League to get into because it has the highest Ivy League acceptance rate. While it's easier, statistically speaking, to get into Cornell, it's still challenging. It's also important to remember that students apply directly to one of Cornell's eight undergraduate colleges.

Will one B ruin a 4.0 GPA high school? ›

One B will not hurt your chances, especially because it was in a rigorous AP class. Your B will hardly make a dent in your GPA, and assuming that will be your only B by graduation, your GPA will be in the high 90th percentile even at the most competitive schools.

What will an F do to a 3.8 GPA? ›

The short answer is (surprisingly): No. If you have one “F” and all other grades in a 40-course program are “A” grades, your GPA will drop from a 4.0 to a 3.9. So, your existing GPA will be impacted, but will not be “ruined.”

Will a C ruin my chances of Ivy League? ›

Just one bad grade in an advanced level course is not going to ruin your chances at an Ivy League. However, consistently underperforming in advanced classes in your area-of-interest classes will penalize you in the applications process.

Can I get a 4.0 with one B? ›

On the 4.0 scale, an unweighted 4.0 GPA means perfection. You need straight As in every class—not even one A- is allowed.

How much does one B bring down your GPA? ›

A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. However, some high schools count pluses and minuses differently. For example, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7.

Which ivy is the whitest? ›

New data confirms what you've probably already guessed: Princeton is the whitest Ivy in the League.

What is the happiest Ivy League? ›

Many people know Brown as the “Happy Ivy,” and the Princeton Review ranked Brown as the 10th-happiest campus in the country. If you're curious, Tulane is ranked as number one.

What is the cheapest ivy? ›

Princeton. Princeton is commonly regarded as the “cheapest Ivy” thanks to its extensive financial aid offerings. 62% of admitted students receive financial aid.

What is the smallest Ivy undergrad? ›

Dartmouth is the smallest Ivy, with a total enrollment of about 7,000 students.

What is the most social ivy? ›

UPenn: Commonly called 'The Social Ivy'. Students from here often attend its top business school, and are active in Greek Life. Many reports suggest students from here have a rich social life, love to party and still achieve excellent grades while they do so.

Will a 1600 SAT get me into an Ivy? ›

However, a perfect score is an even better goal. An SAT score of 1600 could help you get into an Ivy League school and even win a full-ride scholarship. You may think that only students with genius-level IQs can score a 1600.

Will a 1500 SAT get me into Harvard? ›

There's no absolute SAT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 1460 to have a chance at being considered.

Will a 35 ACT get me into Harvard? ›

The 25th percentile ACT score is 33, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 35. In other words, a 33 places you below average, while a 35 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute ACT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 33 to have a chance at being considered.

Can 32 ACT get into Harvard? ›

ACT Requirements for Harvard

ACT scores range from 33 to 35, with 35 representing the 75th percentile. Even though Harvard probably states that there is no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 33 or lower, you will likely struggle to get in unless you have other extremely strong application materials.

Which high school sends the most students to Harvard? ›

AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) — The public Texas high school that sends the most students to Harvard, Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is right here in Austin. Westlake ranked No.

What race is most likely to get into Harvard? ›

Harvard welcomes students from across the country and all over the world, with diverse backgrounds and far-ranging talents and interests.
African American15.2%
Asian American27.9%
Hispanic or Latino12.6%
Native American2.9%
Native Hawaiian0.8%

Is a 4.0 good enough for Ivy League? ›

The academic expectations of Ivy League schools and other top universities are well above average; in fact, most Ivy League students graduate high school with a GPA above 4.0! This is because all the Ivy League universities take into account a weighted GPA over an unweighted one.

Is a 4.7 GPA good enough for Ivy League? ›

The range for GPAs accepted by Ivy League schools is typically 3.7-4.0, so if your GPA falls within this range it will likely be fine. Higher weighted GPAs indicate superior academic performance and are usually more common at ivy league schools than lower weighted GPAs.

Is 1500 good enough for Ivy League? ›

As you can see, your score of 1500 is an average or slightly below-average score for most Ivy League universities. Your score is slightly above-average at Cornell and Brown. However, admissions experts say that students applying to Ivy League universities should aim for a minimum score of 1470.

Can I get into Yale with a 3.5 GPA? ›

A 3.5 GPA will be highly competitive, and admission can be reasonably expected at many colleges. Still, it's not the most competitive at places like Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth, which, on average, accept students with GPAs exceeding 4.0.

Can I get into Yale with a 3.8 GPA? ›

What GPA do I need to get into Yale college admission? There is not much of a way to get around the fact that you need an unweighted grade point average of nearly 4.0 in order to pass Yale's admissions process and as part of Yale GPA and SAT requirements.

Can you get into Yale with a 32? ›

So to make your application competitive you definitely don't want to go below a 32, and should probably think about setting your Yale ACT goal score around a 34 or 35. Keep in mind that Yale does NOT take ACT superscores into consideration.
Yale ACT Scores.
ACT ScoreAdmission Rate
below 271.6%
Jun 14, 2018

Is it possible to have a 6.0 GPA? ›

Not All GPAs are Created Equal

There is wide variability in the scale used to calculate GPA. GPAs can be based on a 4.0, 5.0 or 6.0 scale.

How rare is 1600 on SAT? ›

A 1600 is only achieved by around 300 test takers per year and makes you eligible and highly competitive for admission at every college.

Did anyone get 1600 on SAT? ›

Based on tests taken between 2020 and 2021, the 99th+ percentile score range was 1560-1600. This means that less than 1% of test-takers scored in that range.

What SAT score will get you a full ride? ›

Shoot for at least a 28 on the ACT or above 1300 on the SAT. Some scholarships allow for flexibility, so check the particular scholarship, but these numbers generally give you the most options. Encourage your student to also pursue a high GPA or even 4.0, especially their senior year.

Should I retake a 1370 SAT? ›

A 1370 SAT score will preclude you from getting into more selective schools such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Brown, and others of the same caliber. However, it'll put you in the running for Georgia Tech, Boston University, Claremont McKenna, University of Virginia, and Reed.


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