Student Spurns Ivies

Ivy League, Spurning the Ivy League, Spurning the Ivies

Ivy Coach is featured in today’s “Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Taylor, Director of Ivy Coach, is featured today in “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania. The piece, entitled “Student accepted to all eight Ivies chooses University of Alabama, calls Penn aid policy into question” and written by Bryn Ferguson, focuses on a student who spurned each of the eight Ivy League colleges in favor of attending the University of Alabama. It’s a most unusual move. We’ve had students admitted to all of the Ivies. Never have our students chosen a school such as the University of Alabama over the likes of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. But we suppose our sampling population is a bit biased being as they worked with us in the hope of earning admission to Ivy League colleges. So there’s that.

As Brian is quoted in the piece in UPenn’s newspaper, “Brian Taylor, director of Ivy Coach, a New York-based college consulting firm, said that, despite Nelson’s financial situation, he believes the decision to attend the University of Alabama was a mistake. ‘[University of Alabama] has a good football program, but they don’t have the resources that these Ivy League colleges have, they don’t have the connections,’ Taylor said. ‘Look at the median salaries for students five years out of college and ten years out of college at Ivy League colleges and look at the equivalent statistics for the University of Alabama, and you won’t find equivalent data.'” No, no you won’t.

Each of the eight Ivy League colleges offers an experience to students that a university such as Alabama just doesn’t offer — from the tremendous liberal arts education to the connections that come in handy later on during one’s career, to exposure to so many smart and intellectually engaging fellow students, and so much more. Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Penn, and Cornell may not be able to offer the kind of electrifying football games that they offer at the University of Alabama, but the vast majority of Ivy League applicants also don’t apply to these schools to watch amazing football games. This student has made a mistake with his decision-making to spurn the Ivies in favor of Nick Saban’s university. Oh, did we say Nick Saban’s university? Oops.


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