Today we’re going to talk about a pretty controversial topic…. Students and families all over the world covet acceptance into Ivy League schools. But will a brand-name school really lead to your student’s brightest future?
In this episode, we’ll uncover whether highly selective universities, such as Duke and Stanford, and colleges in the prestigious Ivy League are really worth their weight in gold. We’ll also consider how to get an Ivy League equivalent education on a public university budget.
An Ivy League Education on a Public University Budget
What is the Ivy League anyway?
The term “Ivy League” came about in 1954, when the NCAA athletic conference for Division I was formed. At the time, the elitism of these schools was really due to their sports teams. Today, the 8 Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania) excel both in sports and academics.
In this episode we’ll cover…
- How to help your student self-accept and match their goals with their college choice.
- The not-so-secret ways honors colleges can rival an Ivy League education.
- Sizing up universities based on academics, social climate, financial fit, and more.
For the blog version of this episode, click here.
- Ask your student, “What are your goals? What do you really want out of your college education?”. For help, listen to episode 1 on self-acceptance and episodes 8 and 9 on goal setting.
- Encourage your student to start investigating honors programs at public schools. And reach out to us if you have any questions of where to start.
- Talk with your teenager about finances, social setting and belonging, competition, academics, class sizes, and mentorship. Help them figure out what will be the best fit for them in each of these areas.
Related Articles, Resources, & Content
- John Willingham’s Website on Honors Colleges and Programs
- Jay Matthew’s Book, Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That is Best for You
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