Welcome back to College Compass’s series, What does it really take to get into the Ivy League? Now that we’ve covered all of the aspects of applying to an Ivy League school, I have taken the liberty of compiling the main points from the preceding posts into a convenient Ivy League admissions checklist:
- Straight As, with maybe 2-3 Bs max
- As many AP/IB courses as possible
- Summer before Junior year: know PSAT National Merit cutoff score for your state, practice and aim above that score (may include test prep sercives).
- Take SAT and/or ACT multiple times (perhaps once at the end of Junior year and once at the beginning of Senior year), aim above 2100 on SAT and above 31 on ACT (may include test prep services).
- Always take AP exams at the end of AP classes, try to get 5s on all of them.
- Take two SAT II subject tests, aim above 700 on each.
- One creative extracurricular for all four years of high school.
- One athletic extracurricular for all four years of high school.
- One volunteering extracurricular for all four years of high school.
- Hold an office/leadership position in a school club or other organization.
- Win an award/recognition for one of your extracurriculars.
- Ask two teachers from either your Junior or Senior year (who taught classes in which you got As) for recommendation letters at least one month before the application deadline.
- Finish a draft of your admissions essay(s) at least one month before the deadline and have your English teacher/another grammar expert proofread it.
- Write an essay about something you love, and mention how the specific school you are applying to will help you pursue your dreams.
- If possible, apply to your top choice early decision.
- Do not apply to all of the Ivies. Narrow down your choice as much as possible.
Next time, we’ll have a few concluding remarks about applying and getting into Ivy League undergraduate programs. Until then, best of luck, and keep studying!
This post is part of a series. Other posts in this series include: