Which Ivies should I aim for?

<p>This is not my year to apply (phew...) but I am looking ahead to the future and am starting to consider a basic list of safeties, targets and reaches. </p>

<p>I go to a very small, private school that has advanced courses but no "official aps", does not rank, etc. That being said, I have a very rigorous schedule, strong GPA, and very good projected SAT scores. Assuming everything goes as planned, what are my best bets? </p>

<p>I'm hoping to include a couple of Ivies on my list for reaches, because I believe you'll never know unless you try. I am very passionate about Classics, and will have taken 6 years of Latin when I graduate, (three of those years being self-taught Latin literature with a tutor in England). I am hoping this distinction will help me at least a little in gaining admission to an Ivy. Is this true at all? </p>

<p>I am basically looking for an Ivy with very strong academics, where my passion for Classics (and another major, either Political Science of Psychology) will be recognized and supported. Right now, I am particularly interested in Brown. </p>

<p>Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially information about Classics programs at the Ivies, scholarship for Classics (I will need much financial aid), etc. </p>

<p>Thank you very much! =]</p>

<p>Classics</a> Department at Brown University</p>

<p>Brown has a great classics program...... I would be sure to check it out...</p>

<p>and about getting rejected, as my dad always told me this story...</p>

<p>His old boss would always ask for everything he could ever want... he knew he would never be able to get all of the equipment he wanted, but he asked anyways, because if you ask you have a chance, but defeating yourself and not asking you will have no chance.....</p>

<p>good luck my friend :)</p>

<p>Thanks so much. I will check out that link, and am excited to hear that Brown's department is strong because the school as a whole is very appealing to me. I also love the advice, and will remember to take that to heart. Thank you. :)</p>

<p>Any one else have thoughts?</p>

<p>"I am basically looking for an Ivy with very strong academics"</p>

<p>really, well you have 8 to choose from then. But seriously, the Ivy league is an athletic conference, nothing more. As for classics, I hear that Yale is the best. Columbia has an extensive core curriculum that emphasizes the classics. But you seriously shouldn't put too much stock into the "Ivy" brand.</p>

<p>Good luck. I hope you make the right choice and go to a school that will make you happy, Ivy or not.</p>

<p>Yale and Dartmouth have very few students who graduate with a major in classics. fewer than 5 last year.</p>

<p>Brown has a very strong program in the classics as do Princeton and Penn, each with 20-30 graduates in the classics last year.</p>

<p>Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard had about 10-15 grads in the Classics last year.</p>

<p>Yale, Brown, Harvard, Penn, Columbia, Princeton are all top-10 in classics....but I think that might be on the grad level.</p>