The Ivy League


When I hear about the Ivy League, I think of the impossible mission of receiving an acceptance letter from any of the eight most competitive schools in America. The Ivy League is known for their outstanding academics and elite sports teams. These eight schools include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of  Pennsylvania, and Yale University. The chances of attending any of the Ivy League schools are not favorable, the average acceptance rate among the whole schools is 8.8%. These schools only accept students who are in the top 10 percentile of their school. To get accepted into the Ivy League, you have to devote most of your time to studying, doing homework, and tutoring in order to excel at your school. Many question whether all that work is worth it?

Calling these elite schools, “The Ivy League” started when the NCAA Division 1 athletic conference was formed in 1954, according to the article “The History of The Ivy League.”

At the time, schools like Yale, Princeton, and Harvard had some of the most applicants among the other five schools. As a result, the eight highly favored schools are all quite selective. Being quite selective also means being quite expensive. According to the website  College TuitionThe average undergraduate tuition & fees of Ivy League Colleges is $51,486 in academic year 2017-2018.”

Ned Fulmer, known from the wildly popular Youtube channel The Try Guys, has experienced first hand The Ivy League when attended Yale to study chemistry. After he graduated from Yale he began working at Buzzfeed and appeared in several Youtube videos with a group of coworkers that became quite famous that are now known as The Try Guys. Now they have broken off from Buzzfeed and have continued their story on their own Youtube channel.

In a recent interview with the The Try Guy cast, Fulmer revealed that he has avoided telling people he went to Yale several times, “… Most of my 20s I just said I went to school in Connecticut. At any time I said (I went to Yale) everyone goes ‘Oo you went to Yale!”. Fulmer continued to say he did not want any of the attention or rave that came with telling people he went to Yale.

The  Ivy League schools are exceptional schools but the cost of spending all your time to prepare for these schools and then all your money to pay for these schools is quite overwhelming.