Before I begin, I want to ask how many of you wear only top-branded clothes? Well, a few, I think. And even if we don’t, we are still happy and comfortable in our daily lives. Now you will wonder what branded clothes have to do with colleges. Well, how many of you want to send your child to a top-brand college aka an ivy league college, I think most of us do. But how much do we actually know about them? If I ask you to name the Ivy schools, many parents say – Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, Rice, etc.
Let us understand what an Ivy school is first.
The term “Ivy League” originally referred to the athletic conference formed by 8 private schools in the northeastern United States in 1954. With time these institutions became known for not only their competitive athletic program but academic excellence, highly selective admissions process and needless to say their remarkable faculty and resources. One may think that because I am studying at an Ivy, success is guaranteed but it’s not that simple. One has to put in the hard work, determination and commitment to succeed. Did you know that there are many successful individuals who did not attend an Ivy League school? Can you name a few?
The Ivy schools offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in different academic fields like arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, business and law. Some of the most popular majors are Economics, Computer Science, Political Science, Business/Management, Engineering, Biology, Psychology, History, English Literature, and Mathematics.
Each Ivy institution comprises multiple schools and colleges which specialise in different academia. Eg. Harvard University has Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and many more.