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Anyone else get rejected from all the Ivies they applied to?

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Replies to: Anyone else get rejected from all the Ivies they applied to?

  • sweetpurisweetpuri Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Quick Info- Asian. F. 2360 SAT (First sitting). 3.8 GPA. Lots of ECs & National Awards.

    Rejected: HYP, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn (Wharton ED), Duke, JHU, NU
    Waitlisted: Wash U, Rice
    ^Whatever -_- It is not my loss for I know I can accomplish my goals no matter what school I attend.

    Accepted: VANDERBILT, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, and a couple safeties

    @TheIllusionist & kmiller716

    And possibly me as well! I don't know much about Vandy but I've heard great things so I plan on visiting soon :) Also, any ivy rejects/to-be-Wolverines out there???
  • zhangvictzhangvict Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Rejected: Princeton, Yale, Darmouth, Brown, Amherst

    Accepted: Uchicago, UCB, UCLA, NYU, some safeties

    Uchicago was sort of my top choice all along, though the difference between it and my second choices (ivies) was very narrow. I guess I should be thrilled to get in to my top-ish choice but I feel bad for my parents now that I have probably no chance of good financial aid b/c some of the ivies have piles of money.
  • laplatinumlaplatinum Registered User Posts: 529 Member
    My son applied to the Ivies on a lark, knowing the chance was not great since he did not have a 36 on ACT and perfect grades. He did not get admitted and knew this was probably going to be the outcome, but found the process valuable--particularly the interviews, where he had the chance to learn how to comport himself with individuals from some of the best universities in the world. He still was admitted to highly selective universities--just not Ivies. I was sorry that he did not get Cornell or Brown, as I knew he would be happy there, but c'est la vie. Next.
  • 205mom205mom Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    This is the true story of a friend’s foster child. His college application year was six years ago, when it was a wee bit easier. He applied to six Ivies and MIT only. The thing is, he had PERFECT STATS, and a sad life story. He needed a full ride and felt he would do best to attend a top-of-the-heap university. Sure, there were other options, but everyone told him he will likely get into a couple of those.
    He got NOs from all of them. Lesson learned for us, when DS with strong stats but no sad-story was applying last year.
    But here’s the reason I’m posting here: The boy rejected everywhere went to CC for a year, transferred to Rice the next year (full ride) and graduated in two years, and is now in graduate school at Princeton, studying physics. No small achievement.
    The three from his class who got into Ivy League universities have not done nearly as well.
    Chin-up.
  • PMCM18PMCM18 Registered User Posts: 469 Member
    Rejected- Princeton, Yale
    Waitlisted - Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Tufts, Williams
    Accepted - U Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, Georgetown SFS, Dartmouth (one out of 6, hardly a very succesful rate)

    Honestly, I'M very happy with my options, but it kind of sucks for my parents when a lot of their friends' kids went to an Ivy (as amazing as it is almost nobody has heard of, much less attended Dartmouth here). Again, though, I know I am very fortunate to have the options that I have and that the education I'll be receiving at any will be outstanding. Given how many qualified people are being rejected at these "top" (and by top I mean most prestigious, not necessarily superior academically) schools, the colleges receiving them will benefit from their talents and hopefully a few years down the line the perceived gaps will be much smaller. Congratulations to everybody on your acceptances, I'm sure that if you continue to perform at such a high level you'll excel at whichever college you choose to attend.
  • I3auerI3auer Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
    Accepted: USC (the other one), Clemson, Furman, Emory, Duke
    Waitlisted: Vanderbilt, UNC
    Rejected: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth
  • tropicalsunxx4tropicalsunxx4 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    rejected: HYP, Columbia
    wait-listed: Johns Hopkins, Cornell
    accepted: NYU, UMiami, BU, Northeastern, UConn

    it was really disappointing not to get into ONE Ivy but at this point, I don't care. I did all I could, I'm valedictorian with 3.9 GPA, great SAT scores, many ECs, I'm just extremely unlucky. Oh well... NYU BABY!!
  • maggiedogmaggiedog Registered User Posts: 532 Member
    Even if the average acceptance rates are low, rejections are hard to take.

    I think one of the problems is that a lot of people apply to ivies due to prestige factors rather than purely due to what they offer. The ivies are each very different, and some may not be a good fit, and a less "prestigious" school would be more appropriate for a lot of students' needs.

    Secondly, i think a lot of guidance counselors are pretty clueless, and inflate students' beliefs about their ability to get accepted. Just because someone has a 2000+ SAT or 3.8 GPA with some decent ECs does not mean they stand much of a chance, sadly, in terms of getting into an ivy. This leads to a lot of wasted hopes and dreams, not to mention application fees. There was a boy at our h.s. who was a NMSF, but who had a 2.8 GPA due to motivational issues. His GC actually recommended that he apply to an ivy due to his NMSF status. Fortunately, he was smarter than her, and realized this was a ridiculous recommendation.
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