What A High Schooler Should Do To Get Accepted Into an Ivy League (or Harvard...)?

<p>I am a freshman at a public high school in Massachusetts and our class system is level 1, 2, and 3, 1 being the best, excluding AP's. This semester I have two level 2's, having a B- in Physical Science and B+ in Math (our school has two genres, math or geometry), and level 1 English with a B. I have finally woken up, and started to study much more. My GPA i roughly a 3.6 and I play varsity tennis, speak english, german, and am currently learning ASL (sign language), and am part of the debate club in school. I would like to start my own club either later this year or in sophomore year, called Heifer International. I also vlounteer at the local Boys & Girls club for about 2-3 hours a week.</p>

<p>I would love to attend an Ivy school, and it is my dream to go to either Harvard, Brown, Yale, Columbia, or Pomona College in Claremont, CA. I believe my current resume is fairly nice, but I would really appreciate any tips, hints to greater my chances to some great schools like the Ivy's. I would appreciate it so much, and any critique on my current status is definitely appreciated.</p>

Class of 2014.</p>

<p>SATs dictate a lot in admissions. but so far your all right, just raise your grades to all As in your remaining years of high school. make sure you do what you want to do rather than trying to please others standards.</p>

<p>Just realize that there are thousands of kids in your same league . To go Ivy League ,you have to really stand out in some way .My suggestion is to be the best that you can,and worry later about college selection .Think best grades ,social responsibility ,Ecs, test scores,etc. When teachers write your letters, be one of the best that they have had .Good luck!</p>

<p>@conner: SATs do NOT dictate a lot in admissions at the Ivy League level schools. Rahter, they serve as another way for the admissions office to see that you are as good of a student as your file suggests.</p>

<p>Rather, the most important thing in your application that just about every admissions officer at the Ivy League schools will tell you is your transcript; they want to see you challenging yourself with hard classes and doing well in them. If your school offers APs, they want to see you taking APs. Of course they won’t penalize you if your school doesn’t offer AP or IB, but they want to see you taking hard classes and excelling in them.</p>

<p>And then follows extracurriculars, recommendations, essay, and test score. And also, make time to relax and have fun in high school.</p>