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What do Ivy Leagues really look for in an applicant?

Hey guys, as a junior, I'm starting to think about applying to some Ivy League schools, but I'm not exactly sure what they're looking for in an applicant. Can anyone shed some light on what qualities or experiences will make me stand out when applying? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! Great question. Ivy League schools, like all colleges, look for well-rounded applicants who display a mix of strong academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and personal qualities. To stand out, it's essential to showcase your strengths in each of these areas.

For academics, aim for top grades and test scores. It's not just about the numbers, though; intellectual curiosity and a genuine love for learning go a long way. If you can show a pattern of challenging yourself by taking rigorous courses, that's a plus.

Extracurricular involvement demonstrates your passions and interests outside the classroom. Ivy League schools appreciate students who commit to a small number of activities that they're genuinely passionate about, rather than dabbling in many.

Lastly, focus on character traits such as resilience, leadership, and empathy. Your essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews will give you the opportunity to showcase these personal qualities. Remember, it's not just about what you've done but also about who you are as a person. Good luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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