Welcome to Ivy Bound, a great source of college admission information for high school students hoping to enter the Ivy League. In order to attend the college of your dreams, Ivy League or otherwise, there are countless decisions to make, and obstacles to overcome. Get into Ivy League schools with our tips on SAT test prep, scholarships and grants, your college admission essay, dorm essentials, the best college guides, financial aid, and additional advice and resources.

The site is organized into six sections to help you prepare for the Ivy League and the college admissions process:


Test Prep

When preparing for the SAT, ACT, or other standardized tests in order to get into Ivy League schools, you have a few options: using a test prep book, taking practice tests online, taking an SAT test prep class, or working one-on-one with a tutor. In this section we take a closer look at each of these test prep options.


Scholarships and Grants and Financial Aid

The cost of college tuition has skyrocketed. The economy is in the tank. How can you possibly afford Ivy League schools today? What are the benefits of educational savings plans? How do you find and apply for college scholarships and grants, or discover other sources of funding? In this section we examine some of the best sources for scholarships and grants (aka “free money”) so you can attend the college of your dreams.


College Guides

Which of the many college guides is the best? What should you be looking for in Ivy League schools, or in any college? This section examines various college guides, important criteria for choosing a college (with an emphasis on the Ivy League), and other valuable resources for making this important decision.


College Admission Essay

One of the most difficult challenges facing high school seniors hoping to get into Ivy League schools is the college admission essay. Is there really a special secret formula for crafting the perfect entrance essay? In this section we review the steps to take to perfect writing your college admission essay.


Dorm Essentials

A pencil box and Hello Kitty stickers won’t cut it in Ivy League schools, or college in general. When gearing up for your Freshman year, you’ll need textbooks, the right computer hardware and software, and all the dorm essentials to furnish your first dorm room. In this section we examine some recommended dorm essentials for your first year at college in the Ivy League.


College Prep Resources

On the right side of every page you’ll find links to additional resources for college-bound high school students from select sources, as well as recent news articles about the Ivy League.


Ivy League Schools

Ok, on the very remote chance that you’re not entirely sure what an Ivy League School is… we’ve prepared a very quick summary for you, along with links to the admissions department of each of the colleges:

Ivy League schools are an athletic conference of eight private colleges and universities, but best known for academic excellence and the social and professional clout associated with attending an Ivy League school.

The list of Ivy League schools includes:

  • Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 5,800 students.
  • Columbia University is located in New York, New York. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 7,400 students.
  • Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 13,500 students.
  • Dartmouth College is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,100 students.
  • Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 6,700 students.
  • Princeton University is located in Princeton, New Jersey. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,600 students.
  • The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 10,100 students.
  • Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut. It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 5,200 students.

We hope you’ll find the articles and resources here at Ivy Bound useful tools for making the necessary preparations to get into Ivy League schools.

And lastly, good luck!