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What are some awards or recognitions that would make me stand out as an ivy league applicant?


I really want to get into a top school, especially Yale. However, I am afraid that my ECs and test scores may lack the competitive edge that most accepted students would have. If I were to have some kind of recognition or award on a national level, maybe this could bring my application to the top tier.


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I agree with @DebaterMAX that unless you are from an underrepresented group or had extenuating circumstances (i.e. state w small population, poor quality high school education, not a lot of high level course offerings at HS, had to work to support family/take care of siblings, ethnic minority, etc) you really need an unweighted gpa of 3.8-3.9 of 4 and an SAT of 1500+ to be considered. Those should be your starting goals, and honestly, just work your hardest to consciously get as high of a test score and GPA as you possibly can before you’re applying

In terms of competitions/ECs, don’t go chasing random awards to slap on a resume so that you will look good. College admissions officers see through this 100% since so many applicants do this to become desirable. They will know that you don’t care about the activity or that you’re only participating it so that you can say you did something worthwhile or for a title. Don’t pursue activities or ECs that “sound good” like MUN Mock Trial or other competing activities unless you are 1) actually passionate about it and 2) it pertains to your field of interest. That being said, take part in activities/ECs that model what you want to study in college. You want your activities to be centered around your interests and be consistent - try to do the same awards/competitions every year and maintain club membership for at least 2 years. Also try to get officer positions if you can.

Honestly the best way is to just sit down for like 1-2 hours and google for as many opportunities as you can. There is SOOO much information out there on the intenet and all you really need is time to find it. Hope this helps!

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If your gpa is above a 3.8 and SAT is above 1450 you have a chance not great but good. Most ivies want a diverse body so if you have a strong niche like minority/women in stem/from state not well represented

cough Wyoming couch

You may have a better than average chance.

Ivies are looking for leadership and commitment if you show any type of leadership whether club prez youth group board member or you could be a shift manager at tacobell just show you have any type of leadership expierence and for commiment if you did anything regularly since sophomore year that is super good as ivies take that to mean you will stay boosting retention and their rankings.

For example I have competed nationally in debate I stuck with it since first month of HS if you have 2-3 things similar to this you have a really good chance. Despite not winning I have confinement recognition and I’m on youth group student board. If you can get ECs with a leadership role as a mentor/tutor a job that’s leadership and commitment can be something you will abandon in college you just have to show you are dedicated to that activity. And if you have desirable traits you might have a really good shot.also make sure high school rigor is above average for your school

Best example for desireable traits would be

Able to pay for everything female black/latinx interested in stem and from areas that don’t send a lot to east coast schools think Montana Wyoming North Dakota you probably may only meet 2/3 of the desirable but that is an extreme example but you should have a decent shot with leadership and commitment assuming everything else is average

Best of Luck!

lol I'm from Georgia so idk if thats considered underrepresented. Its got one of the lowest, if not the lowest, rankings in the country for public school system. And I go to a low rank public school.
So SE USA schools will not give you a boost New England not really if you want a boost based on geography Arizona Newmexico Washington and upper Midwest would in my mind be the best bet and there are some reallly good state schools there.
If you attend a big public school (usually in metro areas) that is low ranked that’s better than a private school as a rule of thumb.