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Ivy League College Admissions

Ivy League College Admissions

Brown University

Gaining Admission to an Ivy League School with Opus College Prep

At Opus College Prep, we are experts in selective admissions counseling. In fact, all of our counselors have admissions experience from a selective college or university. This means we know how those admissions decisions are made, and we use our experiences to help students stand out in a sea of compelling applicants.

If you're considering applying to Harvard University, Princeton University, Brown University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Dartmouth College or Columbia University, we will be an asset to you as you try to gain admission to some of the most selective schools in the world. And remember, 98% of our students get into their top choice schools with us!

What we offer

Our admissions counseling services are the perfect fit for students applying to any school in the Ivy League, or a similarly competitive school. Our comprehensive approach allows students to leave no stone unturned as they submit applications with the world’s most accomplished students.

We work with students to craft strong and strategic application narratives and ensure they execute those strategies in every element of the application. From understanding how to list and describe extracurricular activities to how to perfectly answer the “why us?” supplemental essay questions, Opus students submit stellar applications. Each year we have students admitted to every Ivy League school, and all top schools around the world. Check out our acceptances here!

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What are Ivy League Admissions Officers Looking For?

Admissions officers at Ivy League and similarly selective schools are looking to evaluate all applicants in 4 major categories. And, while each school may have a slightly different evaluation system, they are all reading applications to evaluate the same characteristics in students. Their lens will just be slightly different, as each school and campus culture is slightly different. Nonetheless, it is imperative to understand that admissions officers are looking for the following:

  • Academic preparedness
  • Excellence outside the classroom
  • Demonstrated & articulated fit for the school

First, admissions committees at Ivy League and similarly selective schools need to determine whether or not you are academically prepared for their institution. They will make this determination by reviewing your high school performance (GPA & courses completed), test scores and letters of recommendation. It is widely known that about 75% of applicants to Ivy League and similarly selective schools are academically prepared to attend, which puts an even greater emphasis on the other elements of your application.

Excellence outside the classroom is an evaluation of the ways in which you were involved in extracurricular activities, volunteer opportunities, jobs and summer programs. A common misconception in college admissions is that students need to be well-rounded in order to be admitted. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Admissions committees are looking to admit a well-rounded freshman class, which means it is essential for them to admit students with a wide array of interests, experiences and accomplishments. The Activities section of the application is incredibly important, and often is the most overlooked section of the application. With just 150 characters to describe each activity, it is essential to have a sound strategy in this section!

Lastly, the most important thing you can do on your application is demonstrate and articulate your fit for the school you are applying to. An admissions committee at an Ivy League or similarly selective school will never admit a student they don’t believe will actually enroll. It is your job as an applicant to make every school on your list feel like your #1 choice. This fit is demonstrated throughout your application, and articulated specifically in the supplemental section of the college application.

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