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Boarding School special relationships with ivy leagues

hadeswisherhadeswisher Registered User Posts: 161 Junior Member
edited November 2011 in Prep School Admissions
like some people say
andover- harvard
or lawrenceville- princeton
is it true?
what are otheres?
Post edited by hadeswisher on

Replies to: Boarding School special relationships with ivy leagues

  • jackpotjackpot Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    Judging by the college admissions statistics (which I've seen online, idk exactly where but I'm sure you could find them), a more accurate correlation would be exeter->harvard, andover->yale. Their school colors even line up and everything.
  • DEtromboneDEtrombone Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    yea ive heard Exeter --> Harvard and Andover --> Yale
  • assignassign Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    I don't think so. According to Wikipedia, Andover was once a Yale feeder school and Exeter was a Harvard feeder school, but they are no longer so. But I would say that L'ville may have a relationship with Princeton because of its proximity.
  • smskismski Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    All the relatively old boarding schools typically had a very strong feeder relationship to one of the more prominent Ivies, but now the relationships aren't as strong anymore. The thing is Ivies will take a specific number of students from one of the schools, as they cannot give all the spaces to every student from said schools.

    Just some words of advice....
  • PrincipalVPrincipalV Registered User Posts: 950 Member
    The feeder relationship is almost all but gone, today. Of course, boarding schools do have a relationship with the Ivy League (chances are your college counselor is at least acquainted with the admissions officer at the school to which you wish to apply). The feeder relationship, however, is more reflective of the old, traditional, boarding school idea.
  • keylymekeylyme Registered User Posts: 2,825 Senior Member
    Feeder: NMH basketball = Ivies
  • BenleyBenley Registered User Posts: 1,643 Senior Member
    Or, recruited atheletes -> Ivies
  • sewingmachinegrlsewingmachinegrl Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    I know for sure that many, many Lawrenceville graduates are accepted to Princeton every year and I agree that it is because of its proximity.
    As for Andover and Exeter, I am not sure. However, Andover is pretty far from Yale compared to Lawrenceville and Princeton.
  • BlueRaven1BlueRaven1 Registered User Posts: 2,109 Senior Member
    I'm hardly an expert but I think theres a lot more to it than just proximity, which I'm sure can be a contributing factor.
  • newyorker22newyorker22 Registered User Posts: 269 Junior Member
    No, there is no connection. Ivy's are interested in a diverse group from high schools all over the world. If you see that Exeter has 15 kids or so going to Harvard, just think of how many applied and were rejected. I don't know exactly how many, but wouldn't you guess that at least 100 or more kids from these elite schools apply to any one Ivy? and if 10-15 are going, that is good odds, but certainly not a connection of any kind.
  • SWHarborfanSWHarborfan - Posts: 672 Member
    You can likely google the article in the Wall Street Journal (I think it was) that gave statistics for private and public high schools and their acceptance rate to the top private (not public) colleges.

    Well over 70+% of the accepted at the top colleges/universities came from public high schools. The colleges, uniformly, gave the same rationale--that kids from public schools could multi-task, had been in the "real" world, knew how to traverse the system, weren't as likely to be "tea cups," (e.g. fragile), and still performed! as well or better than their counterparts at independent schools.

    My daughter, a senior at a top-notch private school, almost shot me when she found this out. She'd wanted to go, desperately, to the local, eclectic, huge, oft-times beleaguered, home to geniuses and future convicts, public school down the road instead of driving over a bridge to high school. Really, she wanted to roll out of bed, five minutes before the first bell.
  • poetgrlpoetgrl Registered User Posts: 13,334 Senior Member
    "She'd wanted to go, desperately, to the local, eclectic, huge, oft-times beleagured, home to geniuses and future convicts down the road....." I love this sentence. Thank you.
  • Tristan2Tristan2 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Decades ago, certain boarding schools were indeed "feeder" schools for certain colleges. Middlesex --> Harvard, for example.

    I use the term feeder in a specific way: the school provided a halo effect, beyond individual merit.

    Those days are gone.

    Side comment: Lawrenceville is within close proximity to Princeton. My guess is that the Lawrenceville student body is comprised of a number of Princeton faculty kids, who are more likely to be admitted to Princeton. Similar dynamic for Boston area boarding schools and Harvard/MIT, and so on.
  • BiohelpmomBiohelpmom User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 319 Junior Member
    I know for a fact that HYP admissions directors have conference calls with the college advising staffs at the big New England boarding schools to go over their candidates- heard it at parents' weekend last year straight from the mouth of one of the HYP directors of admission. However, unless you are a recruited athlete, I believe that the academic bar is set much higher at the big prep schools.
  • Tristan2Tristan2 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    The purpose of that kind of con call is to better understand nuances between candidates from the same school. When a single boarding school has 40 applicants to, say, Princeton and ultimately 10 will be offered admission, that kind of call can be helpful to decide which 30 to waitlist or deny.

    A college could have a "saturation point" for admitted students from a single school, and in that sense certain boarding schools perceived by some as "feeders" may actually be constrictors.
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