Thinking about applying for admission to the Ivy League from India? As Ivy Coach has opened up an office in India, we figured we’d open up a discussion about some common misconceptions that students in India (and their parents) have about the U.S. highly selective university admissions process. And by highly selective university admissions process, we are referring to gaining admission to a university that is ranked among the top twenty or twenty-five universities as according to “US News & World Report.” So that includes the eight Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, Penn, and Cornell), Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Duke, Northwestern, Wash U, and so on.
One common misconception in India, as ridiculous as this may seem to students and parents within the United States, is that attending a university in America is great and that it doesn’t really matter which one they choose. This could not be more wrong. There are some incredibly terrible universities in the United States. There are universities that few have ever heard of. There are universities that pay admissions agents in India (and in China) to help sway students from within these countries to apply. The very best schools don’t need to resort to such tactics.
Attending one of America’s most prestigious universities from India is an outstanding investment and one of the best decisions a student can make. But attending an OK university in the United States often just isn’t worth the investment. A number of students from India tend to apply to Purdue. Purdue sometimes has a good basketball team and we’re sure a number of smart folks have graduated from the university. Sorry, Purdue, for singling you out, but Purdue just isn’t one of America’s most elite universities. It is by no means a terrible university (not at all) but it just doesn’t belong in a sentence with the likes of the Ivies, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Duke, Northwestern, Wash U, and the other top universities in the United States. And any college advisor in India who suggests otherwise, quite simply, is misinformed. And they might even be getting a kickback for recommending a student attend a less elite university. And that final point is certainly worth noting.