Ivy League colleges or universities in the United States started as an association of eight highly competitive athletic colleges, which were:
■Harvard University (Massachusetts)
■Yale University (Connecticut)
■Princeton University (New Jersey)
■Columbia University (New York)
■Brown University (Rhode Island)
■Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)
■University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)
■Cornell University (New York)
With time, these institutes started attracting more funding and developed a reputation of unparalleled excellence associated because of their watershed success in athletics.
Rapid success, state of the art facilities and unmatched levels of education meant that securing an admission into these institutes was exceptionally competitive. As a result, since the 1960s, these Ivy League schools and colleges gained momentum for producing graduates with high academic performances, social prestige and promising careers not only in the U.S., but in the entire world.
Hence the question arises; how should you choose one for yourself?
There are a variety of factors that come into play while picking an Ivy League school, since a student’s career is fraught with unpredictability, it is always prescribed to mull over available options.
Following are the 5 major factors that must be kept in mind while choosing an Ivy League college or university:
1. Does your chosen institute have the course you are interested in?
If yes, then is there an option of pursuing Masters from the same institute because there is a certain degree of rigidity involved for foreign students while shifting from one college or university to another.
2. Is the location suitable for you?
While picking out the institution, you must research the house rent (since you will be spending more than a couple of years there), food expenses, laundry costs and the transit route. If you consider sharing an apartment with your friends, you need to be ready to make a few adjustments.
3. How much can you afford?
This is one of the most important questions to ponder over. Sure, your parents will contribute but you will feel the urge to be independent and with the tuition fee and other miscellaneous expenses. So you might consider a part time job off campus, so that you don’t over burden yourself and your parents when you graduate.
4. How will the university benefit your future?
These years will form the backbone of your career. While making a choice, do research about the graduate and professional offers the university has. Co-op programs are another resource you must tap into during your education.
5. How do you like the campus?
Assuming that the campus will have world class facilities purely because it is an Ivy League institute is a common mistake students make. However, different institutes offer different infrastructure and it is best to check. Do visit the college’s website and see for yourself as you will be spending a majority of your time there.
When you have gone through all the above pointers, you will find a much clearer picture of which college you want to enroll yourself in.
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