If you are lucky enough to have the grades and the opportunity to attend an Ivy League school, then you are already ahead of the game in life. There’s no denying that going to an Ivy League school will put you in a position that can get you a better job or better opportunities in life. There is a reason that so many students try to get into Ivy League schools every year. There is a lot of pressure to be the best especially if you come from a family that also went to an Ivy League school.
Of course, when it comes to going to an Ivy League school, it can also have its disadvantages because it can put a lot of pressure on students to succeed no matter what. Ivy League schools are known for their elite academic performance as well as some famous graduates over the years. There are many interesting rules that are expected of Ivy League students that the everyday Joe wouldn’t necessarily be expected to follow. It doesn’t matter if you are going to Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown, or Yale, these rules are likely something you will come across. Check out these 20 rules only Ivy League students have to follow.
20 Students Are Asked to think For Themselves
What? That doesn’t sound like a school system. Usually, schools want to mold young minds into whatever they want them to be. But in the case of some Ivy League schools, they want their students to learn to think for themselves instead of following the crowd. Last year, a letter was published by 15 accomplished scholars from Princeton, Yale, and Harvard that gave advice to students who were going to college. The letter stated,
“Though it will require self-discipline and perhaps even courage, think for yourself.”
Talk about great advice for students heading off to college.
19 Don’t Even Think of Flunking Out
If you are lucky enough to get into an Ivy League school, the last thing you want to do is spend your time partying and not doing the work required. "Regular" colleges don't feel as much pressure to upkeep their reputation quite the same way as an Ivy League school. Having a high percentage of student who flunk out is not an option for Ivy League schools. Students that go to Ivy League colleges go there for a reason and they typically work really hard. Historically, it has been shown that only 2% of Harvard students have ever flunked out of school.
18 Students Should Seek The Truth
The whole point of going to college after all, whether it’s Ivy league or not, is so that you can learn new skills and grow as a person. Part of that growth should be seeking out the truth. Princeton University wrote,
“The central point of a college education is to seek truth and to learn the skills and acquire the virtues necessary to be a lifelong truth-seeker”
and “open-mindedness, critical thinking, and debate are essential to discovering the truth.” It’s great advice especially for people who are worried that it’s better to just follow the crowd.
17 Choose to Be A Creative Mind
Sure, many people go to Ivy League schools to become doctors and lawyers, but there have also been a lot of people from the creative world that graduated from there as well. Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard and Dr. Seuss went to Dartmouth. He graduated in 1925 from Dartmouth and he was actually an editor of a humor magazine while he was there called The Jack O’Lantern. We may have all been pronouncing his name wrong all these years because he stated that his last name rhymed with “voice.”
16 Being Ivy League Can Be A Burden
Sometimes, kids that end up at an Ivy League school are there not because they want to be, but because their parents expect them to go to a certain school. That can make education a burden for kids who just want to enjoy the experience. When it comes to Ivy League schools, you are expected to always be doing your best and acting your best. That can make learning feel more like a burden than the “college experience” that you were hoping for. A good rule is to take a deep breath and always get help when you need it.
15 Leave the celebs alone
You are more likely to meet a celebrity at an Ivy League university than at any other college. They prefer to go to school there because there is more anonymity there as opposed to a regular college. But even for some celebrities who went to school without a disguise, they found it challenging. After Julia Stiles finished filming Save The Last Dance, she went to Columbia to get a degree in English. She told the Hollywood Reporter,
“I would get people coming to my door and knocking on it in the middle of the night.”
Seriously, that’s awkward.
14 There Are No "D" Students
Some Ivy League universities have certain requirements when it comes to grading and don’t even think of getting a "D" on anything. The lowest mark you can receive is a "C" or you risk getting kicked out. “There are no core requirement classes at Brown University; students are free to craft their own degree plans.
They also have the option of taking their classes pass-fail, but if they choose letter grades, a "C" is the minimum passing mark.”
That means you better be prepared to work hard, there is no slacking allowed.
13 They Limit Time Demands On Athletes
It can be exhausting going on a road trip for athletes and then having to return to school and keep on playing. Not to mention all the school work involved. Most schools are adopting a new rule that gives students a ten-hour window before they are expected to play again.
“We have a long history of regulating time demands beyond what the NCAA requires, and we’ve been paying attention to the conversation about these issues the past couple of years,”
said Robin Harris, executive director of the Ivy League. “Our athletic directors just asked themselves, ‘Why can’t we just do this?’ The answer was, ‘Of course we can do this.’ We hope that it shows that this is not that hard.”
12 Helping Your Fellow Classmates Are A Must
When it comes to a rigorous education like what you would receive at an Ivy League school, you know there are going to be great levels of stress. Regardless of what school you are going to, you should always be willing to help a classmate out if they need it. When Brooke Shields attended Princeton University, students used to tell her when photographers were hiding behind the bushes. She took it upon herself to shower in a one-piece suit to make sure that no student had been paid to snap a picture of her while she was showering.
11 No More Full-On Tackling
When it comes to football practice, you won’t be required to tackle a player on the field any longer. Schools like Princeton University have banned the practice of tackling.
"Our league is operating at a much higher level than when I played 25 years ago,"
said Surace, who helped Princeton share the Ivy League title as a player in 1989. "It's a violent sport, and there's going to be some injuries in games. But if you can decrease the ones from practice to an absolute minimum, you'll be closer to full strength most weeks."
10 You Always Have to Have Good Grades
When it comes to regular colleges, you have some room for error and mistakes, but there is little room for error when it comes to going to an Ivy League school. Even to get into the school, it often takes a 4.0 GPA. It’s important to keep those grades at an elite level the whole time you are in school.
“Grades are still the most important factor in admissions,”
Kat Cohen, the founder of admissions consulting firm IvyWise, told USA TODAY College. “Course rigor is also extremely important. Schools look to see if students are challenging themselves and still succeeding.”
9 Learn to Juggle A Lot of Things
When it comes to an Ivy League education, it is good to be prepared for the fact that you will be expected to juggle a lot. It’s not just about doing your homework, some people get involved in other things like sports, the school newspaper, or even Yale’s Skull & Bones Society. You are expected to hold your high GPA regardless of what else is going on in your life. While Emma Watson was at Brown University, she was still making movies.
8 Be Passionate About What You're Doing
Passionate should be in every aspect of your life whether you are at an Ivy League school or not. Sure, schools are looking for grades and great athletic skills, but Logan Powell, who is the dean of admission at Brown University, said he wants to know the passion behind these activities.
“Have they learned time management skills, leadership, teamwork, discipline? How have they grown as a person and what qualities will they bring to our campus?”
he asks. “Being genuine is what will make them stand out,” another admissions counsellor said.
7 Be Good To People
You might think that this is something that everyone should do, but when it comes to the Ivy League world, there are high expectations for everything. It’s not just about good grades, but schools want to have students that also think about giving back to the world. The New York Times reported once on a story about a kid that got accepted to Dartmouth because a high school janitor wrote him a letter of recommendation. It turned out he was one of the only students in the high school that knew the custodian’s names at the school. It truly does pay to be a good person.
6 It’s A Competitive Environment
Just getting into an Ivy league school is a very competitive process and even some of the best of the best don’t get in because of that process. So, it’s expected that once you’re in, you make the best of the opportunity and take full advantage. That means that you do your best and you attend all your classes.
"Over the years, the number of people applying to Ivy League schools has climbed dramatically, but the enrolled student populations at these schools has not grown very much,"
Paul Sunde told Teen Vogue. "The result is a significant decrease in their acceptance rates."
5 Ivy Leagues Value Diversity
Ivy Leagues are certainly all about their elite reputation, but they also stand for diversity. There are also plenty of programs that universities offer to students who have disadvantaged backgrounds. Dartmouth is one school that has a pre-orientation program for college students that have never had a family member attend before.
"It is important to us that our students bring their varied life experiences and perspectives to our community,"
Sunde said. "Our students come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, and this enhances the educational experience for everyone." It’s not all about being fancy enough to go to an Ivy League school.
4 Always Be Yourself
Ivy Leagues are looking for people who think outside the box and who have new and fresh ideas. It’s important to not fit into someone else’s mold because that’s not what Ivy League schools are all about.
"Reflect on what you care most about and have invested most of your time and energy in; think about what you hope to do in college and maybe beyond,"
Paul Sunde from Dartmouth College said, "Knowing these things about yourself, you’ll be able to help us to see how you might fit within our community."
3 Be Proud of Where You Are
You’re in an Ivy League school, that’s a lot to be proud of. The Ivy League school that you choose should be representative of who you are because not all Ivy Leagues are the same. The environment at Brown will be very different than the environment at Yale, which we learned a lot about in Gossip Girl. Mindy Kaling went to Dartmouth University and she said she chose the school for her “love of white people and North Face parkas.” It’s a joke of course, but the whole point of being part of an institution of higher learning should be to get the most out of it and to be proud of yourself for getting there.
2 Work Toward Your Standard of Happiness
That’s something that is probably different for everyone, but talk about a great way to look at things. An Ivy League rule is to do your best and go after your version of happiness. When Allison Williams went to Yale University, she said that the improv group, Just Add Water, that she was involved with could be accredited to her landing the roles on the TV series Girls. She spoke at the third annual College Signing Day in New York City and encouraged people to go to college. She urges people to go out and do what they love and to find their “standard of happiness.”
1 Be A Mentor to Others
Once again, it’s always important to Ivy League schools that you are not only a good human, but that you have the willingness to help others as well. Tracee Ellis Ross was given an honorary doctorate from Brown University
“for [her] original portrayals of interesting and eccentric characters, [her] willingness to be a mentor and inspiration to young girls, and [her] continued desire to push the boundaries of imagination in a variety of media.”
As you can see, it pays to be an original when it comes to making an impression in the world of Ivy League schools.