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Ivy League Admission for "Average" Student?

Question: Is there any way the "Average Joe" (someone without high test scores and grades or exceptional extracurricular activities) can get into an Ivy League college?

The short answer to your question is, “No way do Ivy institutions admit the ‘Average Joe’ (or Josie).” The longer one is this: some students may not have what are normally considered to be Ivy-caliber GPA’s and/or test scores but they do have good ones, and they also have extenuating circumstances (e.g., they were brought up in a homeless shelter or on a boat in the South Pacific) or unique talents (they’ve tried out for the Olympics, danced on Broadway … ) that catch Ivy admission officials' attention. Some Ivy-qualified students, too, consider their accomplishments more “ordinary” than they really are. (Maybe you're one of them?)

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