Admission to the Ivy League from India

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Apologies to Purdue for singling¬†them out, but Purdue just isn’t one of America’s most elite universities. And yet many students from India¬†are under the misimpression that it is (photo credit: Abhijitsathe).

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.


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  • Shivani says:

    Yes I’m planning any wishing an Ivy League education for my children

  • Shivani says:

    I’m trying for an Ivy League education for my children

  • Nilesj says:

    Yes, I m planning for IVY League education for my son.

  • Anne says:

    I do not know where you are getting your information about Purdue. It is a strong institution, especially in engineering, agriculture sciences and business. In addition, it is well thought of by employers. I will agree that sometimes football and basketball outcomes are a bit disappointing.

    • Ivy Coach says:

      Purdue is not one of America’s most selective universities. Plain and simple.

      • T says:

        Getting into a school and graduating from it are two different things. If you are planning on getting an engineering degree or other science degree, I would only put a few Ivy schools above Purdue and some of the other Big 10 schools. It is bar none one of the most rigorous schools academically in the US.

        The preparation Purdue provided allowed me to attend a top 3 business school, and, like another commenter said, all without being straddled with ridiculous amounts of debt.

      • Tettnanger says:

        It really depends on what you want to study. Law, business, medicine. Ok, the Ivy’s are great. What about engineering? While Princeton and Cornell are probably the best Ivy’s for engineering (although it does depend on what type), you certainly couldn’t put them ahead of public schools like Georgia Tech, Michigan, or Purdue for these areas of study.

      • Archana Patel-Szadowski says:

        For your information, MIT is not an IVY league college either. Just like Purdue, it is known worldwide for solid, strong engineering programs. And yes, my husband attended MIT. My cousin attended Purdue.

        • Ivy Coach says:

          Yes, we are well aware that MIT is not an Ivy League school. Never have we suggested that it is. And, no, Purdue is no MIT.

    • Llk says:

      Compared to “elite” Ivy schools, Purdue offers a different exposure for foreign students. If you’re looking for an excellent education in a safe, conservative, productivity-driven, friendly, and “All-American”, then you will appreciate Purdue. The fact that Purdue has a high percentage of Alumni donors speaks volumes. Not unusual for employers in nearby Chicago and Indianapolis to favor Purdue grads over out-of-state Ivy colleges. My daughter (from Hawaii) just graduated after a very happy 4 years with no regets, little debt, and many friends and connections/offers.

  • G says:

    Purdue is a fantastic school, especially for Engineering/CS, and is quite frankly ranked higher than most Ivy’s in those fields. The courses and preparation for a job after graduation (regardless of the major) is outstanding and Purdue graduates are very prepared.

  • Jai Sharma says:

    Purdue is one of the best schools in the nation for Engineering. Other than Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley or CalTech, Purdue is as good as other universities in terms of academics and faculty.

  • Gatra says:

    It really depends on what you want to study. In terms of Science and Engineering, Purdue has one of the most rigorous courses in the country, as good (or even better than in some cases) than Ivy league schools you mentioned. Purdue is also a public institution, which means that for the quality of education you are getting, it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, especially if you’re an international student.

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