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Are Ivy League schools actually overrated?

Hi, I'm a little stressed as I'm starting my college search. I've been hearing mixed opinions about Ivy League schools. Are they really worth it? Or are they just overhyped schools that overcharge for the education they provide? Your thoughts will be much appreciated!

9 months ago

Hello! I understand that college search can be a stressful process, so let's see if I can help alleviate some of that stress. It is true that Ivy League schools have a prestigious reputation. To determine if they are 'worth it' or 'overhyped,' it depends on your personal preferences and goals.

For some students, attending an Ivy League school can provide a wide range of opportunities, such as networking, research facilities, and well-renowned faculty. My child is currently at an Ivy League school, and it has definitely opened up many doors in terms of internships and job opportunities. However, keep in mind that there are plenty of other colleges and universities that also offer excellent educational opportunities.

When it comes to the cost, Ivy Leagues can be pricey, but they do offer generous financial aid packages for many students. Don't let the sticker price discourage you from considering these schools. But also remember there are great schools that might offer equally competitive financial packages or even merit scholarships. In the end, the most important thing is to find a school that aligns with your values, goals, and educational needs. Good luck with your search, and remember – what matters most is what feels right to you!

9 months ago

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