The Attraction of America’s Top Ranked Schools – It’s More Than the Rankings

Princeton Acceptance LettterThe attraction of American leading schools is understandable.  These institutions feature breathtaking campuses, excellent and varied student housing, leading professors, superb facilities and a vast range of majors, clubs and sports.  Unfortunately, to many international students, the eight institutions of the Ivy League (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Columbia University and Brown University) has come to mean “the best” in the US, whereas so many other superb universities and colleges also offer incredible opportunities and access to graduate schools and careers.

In addition, rankings generally parallel endowments, and generous endowments typically provide for substantial financial aid budgets. While most of the U.S. top-ranked institutions do not give merit aid, these colleges and universities are generally able to meet documented need, and not “gap”.  Thus, in these times when families want the best value for their investment and may need aid to make the dream possible, earning a slot for their son or daughter at a top school achieves both goals.  With eased application filing and ongoing pressure for employment after college, and school age population trends, IESolutions does not see the movement towards increased applications at the leading schools abating in the foreseeable future.

Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions


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