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Students Choose Cheaper Colleges Over Expensive and Prestigious Colleges

ivy-leagueWith ever-rising loan interest rates, dwindled savings from financial hardship and less scholarships on the market than in years prior, high school graduates are having to decide between Ivy League and state schools based on price versus prestige.

With seven out of ten high school graduates heading straight to college, the student enrollment is up, as are the tuition prices.

Private colleges are averaging about $35,000 and state universities are about $15,000 a year. When compared with the value comparison calculators offered on most state university websites, students may see that after four years they could potentially save over $100,000. Those numbers are hard to argue with.

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The Hardest Colleges to Get Into

If you’ve set your sights high and plan to attend a prestigious university in the U.S., then these are the ones to work toward. Traditionally the most difficult schools in which to be accepted are in the Ivy League or private schools. These also correlate to being amongst the oldest schools in the country. college admission interview

They have rich traditions, an elite group of alumni, and set the bar very high for their incoming students. Additionally, these schools could also be considered amongst some of the most expensive tuition bills.

The hardest colleges to get into include:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Located in Cambridge, MA. Sixty-three percent have a job after six months. SAT scores range for accepted students 670-770 for critical reading an 730-800 for math. TOEFL score minimum is 577 for the paper version.

Yale University. Yale calls the high school transcript “The single most important document in the application…which tells us a great deal about a student’s academic motivation and performance over time.” SAT score requirements are generally in the 700s and ACT scores in the 30s. Read the rest of this entry »

Genius Celebrities of MENSA and the Ivy League

natalie portmanIt may come as a surprise, but some actors are more than just a pretty face. In fact, some are down right brilliant. And not because they made some wise script choices. While only a small subset of the Hollywood community, these celebrities have off-the-charts intelligence, as members of the Ivy League, MENSA and high IQs.

  • Geena Davis. Member of MENSA and IQ of 140. Plays a number of intruments and speaks fluent Swedish. Attended Boston University to study drama.
  • Natalie Portman. Young, beautiful, talented and smart. With a high school 4.0, bachelor’s from Harvard, grad school at Hebrew University and the ability to speak four languages fluently, she’s quite the catch. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Five Public Universities for Ivy League Alternatives

ivy-leagueJust like Blair on Gossip Girl has dreamed of going to Yale since childhood, many students simply won’t be happy unless they are accepted to an Ivy League school. Some are driven since birth to maintain a perfect educational reputation, and some will do whatever it takes to attend the school of their dreams. In the end, is it worth the extreme hard work and dedication? After all, what’s in a name, as long as you get a top education and don’t owe more than what your parent’s house is worth when it is all said and done.

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Anti-Intellectualism, the Ivy League, and Obama’s Cabinet

During a summer job when I was in college, I was chatting with a fellow college student.  I asked her where she went to school.

“At a school in Connecticut,” she said.

“Where at?” I asked.

“New Haven,” she said, sort of blushing.

“Oh, you go to Yale!” I said, “How cool is that?”

I wonder how many other Ivy League students out there answer the question “where do you go to school?” with such an evasive response.  Perhaps she thought that others would think she was a snob, or that they would think that she was bragging, if she answered the question directly.  I, for one, certainly didn’t think less of her, quite the opposite.

But isn’t this a shame?  On the one hand, Americans admire Ivy League educations, and because of this, the names on their transcripts can open some doors.  On the other hand, there’s a powerful undercurrent of distrust of intellectualism in America.  Whether it’s high school students mocking the smart kids, or college girls playing down their intelligence in class, or Fox News accusing Barack Obama of being an “elite” because he went to Columbia and Harvard, people are a little distrustful of those who have brains, an education, and the desire to work hard in their studies.  Read the rest of this entry »


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