The Ivy Effect (Part I)

By Sue Roy

Shortly after entering high school, you can be sure that you will be asked the following question: “So what college are you planning on going to”? A half-response is typically generated and then the adult continues to pester you with another question: “Are you looking at any Ivys”?You will then inadvertently groan and respond with an enthusiastic “of course!”. Inside, however, you will wonder why everyone likes the Ivys. This leads us to ponder… THE IVY EFFECT

What is the Ivy Effect? Ivy League schools are viewed as some of the most prestigious and academically challenging worldwide. Consisting of eight universities, students accepted to these schools are some of the brightest. Such a description has caused an almost cult-like following of parents urging their children to study and learn as much as possible about the Ivys. You could quiz a student and they would be able to tell you most of the Ivys, but if you ask them for the top 20 colleges that come after them… very few could answer that. Asking the freshmen class where they want to go, many respond that they are aiming for that level. There is no problem with aiming for the Ivys, but one must explore their options and look at other colleges. There are 2,500 college over the span of just the US alone, which hold one of the best higher education systems in the world. Out of all these colleges, why are so many just concentrating on these eight?

As a junior At HB, I’ve definitely heard a fair share about these eight, but I’ve also learned a lot about some colleges I hadn’t heard of or explored before this year. Many have told me that the college they were most interested in, they hadn’t even heard of before this year. This can only lead to one question of who really knows the possibilities that lie ahead?