How to get into an Ivy with Robert

Recorded Saturday, November 6 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


Getting into an Ivy League is not a piece of cake - but with a little elbow grease, you could be well on your way there.

Join Robert as he goes through the academic, extracurricular, and other requirements for gaining that coveted admissions letter.

As a recent graduate of Yale, Robert will be providing expert advice, so be sure to put all your questions for him in the chat! He will be available to answer anything Ivy-specific or admissions-related in general.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Robert and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
5:39@Nidhyati:Will you be singing today!?
24:03@Nidhyati:Any idea what % of applications get dropped at each level?!
25:00@Nidhyati:How important is school ranking?
26:03@brooksa:How much do colleges weigh advanced classes? like a B in AP classes compared to and A in standard?
28:41@HelloHome:What kind of change in grades is considered an upward/downward trend? Is A --> A- considered a downward trend or is that too minute to matter?
29:40@oliviaclaire311:What is an ideal unweighted GPA for an Ivy League acceptance?
29:50@oliviaclaire311:What is an ideal unweighted GPA for an Ivy League acceptance?
31:23@Shriya:what is the lowest grade that i should have
33:08@oliviaclaire311:What is an ideal unweighted GPA for an Ivy League acceptance?
33:09@summerorbanwrites:Hi Robert!
33:12@summerorbanwrites:Sorry I'm late!
33:18@Shriya:Do a couple A-'s really matter especially if you're taking a lot of AP's?
45:42@oliviaclaire311:Does your attendance in high school affect admissions?
46:18@sandy12398:does it reflect badly if my course rigor and extracurriculars have gone up/improved but my grades dropped slightly,like a couple B's
47:12@TheMaxEmpire:Im here all day
47:15@brooksa:How important are extracurriculars and volunteering? Is it helpful to have hobbies and volunteer work that relate to what you want to major in?
48:15@summerorbanwrites:Do Ivy admissions view applicant profiles differently based on demographics? Like can applicants be reviewed positively or negatively based on geographic location, gender, disability, etc. towards the rest of your profile?
49:58@Lane:Is Eagle Scout unique and Tier 1?
51:12@HelloHome:How much does a Tier 1 activity impact your acceptance chances? Is 1 enough or should we try to aim for multiple Tier 1 activities?
69:17@Jwrite:What about a disability?
71:55@HelloHome:Advice for creative writing supplements?
73:27@oliviaclaire311:If I were to get my bachelors at a regular university, but apply to Ivy for medical school, are my chances of getting accepted lower because I'm not applying from high school?
74:45@cstudent1:I am aware that extracurriculars are important in the admissions process. I was considering joining a sport, but I'm not very good compared to the other team members. will joining still benefit me?
75:56@hihowareya: would being an executive officer for a non profit organization that has over 10 chapters throughout the country be considered a tier 2 activity? Or a member of the national leadership board?
77:07@HelloHome:If they say there's no alumni interviewers available for your area at an Ivy, would it be appropriate to email and ask for one if you think it would add another layer to your application?
78:25@summerorbanwrites:Any tips on short supplementals (150-50 max word count)?
80:44@oliviaclaire311:What do you do if you are waitlisted?


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