How To Get Into an Ivy League School | What NOBODY Is Saying (2019)

How To Get Into an Ivy League School | What NOBODY Is Saying (2019)


Hey guys, Gmanlyfe here. In this video, I’m going to teach you how
to get into an Ivy League school, or basically any other school that you want to go to. I discovered this crucial information halfway
through sophomore year. And without it, I don’t think I would’ve been
accepted to my dream school, Princeton. Now, if you’re at all like me, you’ve spent
hours on the College Confidential forum, watching YouTube videos like this one, and spamming
your college guidance counselors, teachers, and parents with questions about college admissions
and things like that. I wasted so much time researching this stuff
when I could’ve been reading, hanging out with friends, or catching up on House of Cards. And I don’t want you to make the same mistake. So, I’ve decided to compile all of the most
valuable information that I’ve learned about the college admissions process into this one
video. So if I were you, I would get out a pen and
a piece of paper, because if all goes to plan, you can go back to watching Netflix after
this, instead of going on this “ghost hunt” for the secret formula to Ivy League admissions. Now, let’s get a few things straight. I’m an upper-middle class guy with no legacy
connections, no under-represented minority status, and no compelling life story. I’m not a recruited athlete, and I haven’t
won any national awards. I see a lot of YouTubers who offer advice
on how to get into ivy league schools, but it seems that they often fall into one of
these categories and admission is simply not as easy when you don’t fall into any of those. So, if you’re in the same boat as me, you’re
going to want to keep watching, because I’m going to offer advice that is useful to you
as well. Allow me to explain how I got in. This year, there were 31,056 people who applied
to Princeton. Of those, 12,435 had a perfect GPA, and 13,800
of them had a 1400 or above on the SAT. That means that roughly 45% of Princeton’s
applicant pool was completely qualified to get in. Yet, only 6.1% got the golden ticket. Just an aside here. If you’d like to see how to maintain a really
high GPA without really having to work too hard, head over to my last video, how to get
a 4.0, I’ll link it right here. Ok, back to what I was saying. So, if 45% of people are qualified to get
in, but only 6% do, how do admissions officers determine which 14% of awesome applicants
to let in, and which 86% to reject? I bet I know what you think I’m going to say. “Do as many extracurriculars as you can, sign
up for all of that volunteer work, you know you can do it.” And honestly, I can’t blame you. I’m sure that’s the advice your guidance counselors,
parents, younger sisters, and goldfish have been telling you all this time. You’re told to write for the school newspaper,
pursue an internship at the local animal shelter, and run your school’s bonsai tree planting
club all at once. But guess what? Colleges don’t care how many random activities
you can slap on your application. Confused? Let me explain. When going through their applicant pools,
admissions officers at top colleges don’t really look for well-rounded students; they
look more for a well-rounded class. That means x-many jazz musicians, x-many lacrosse
players, x-many public speakers, you get it. All else equal, the kid with one or two passions
that they’ve dedicated most of their time to will get in 100% of the time over the kid
that does seven random clubs. Don’t panic if you’re one of those students
that’s already doing a bunch of random extracurricular activities just to pad your application. I was doing the same thing as a sophomore–
I mean, it wasn’t even until the spring of my sophomore year that I realized I was doing
this all wrong. Here’s how I changed my ways, and got into
my top choice college. So, during my sophomore year, I was involved
in a bunch of activities. I was involved in theatre, my school’s a capella
group, mock trial, track, *varsity track*, I was volunteering in a soup kitchen, I was
part of China club, and I was studying both Spanish and Chinese. So once I realized that doing a bunch of random
things wasn’t going to help me for college, I wrote down all of my extracurriculars on
a piece of paper and tried to divide them into two distinct passions. The two that I came up with were performance
and study of Chinese culture. Though Mock Trial didn’t really fit under
live performance, I explained it in my college application as another context in which I
could improve my improv skills and my acting skills. Now, this is the most important part. I completely dropped track and I stopped volunteering
at the soup kitchen. I stopped doing these activities because a)
I realized that they were taking up my time when there was other more productive stuff
I could be doing during that time and b) they weren’t really going to get me anywhere in
terms of college because colleges can see right through you padding your application. I dropped track junior year and instead became
more heavily involved in theatre, and I even joined the school’s theater board. Instead of volunteering at the soup kitchen,
I actually started my own community service club at my school, where student musicians
could go out to our local city and perform on the street to raise awareness and funds
for a local charity that promotes music education amongst inner-city kids. I dropped Spanish and focused fully on my
study of Mandarin Chinese. With the help of my Mandarin teacher, I was
able to study abroad in China for a month. I also participated in a bunch of non-native
Chinese speaking competitions simply because I could. Although I didn’t really win any, they were
experiences I could talk about in my essay and I learned a lot about Chinese culture
through that. In the summer after junior year, I got an
internship at a translation and globalization company with a lot of clients in China, and
I was able to talk about that in my essays as well. I hope you’re seeing where I’m going with
this. You have to take an honest look at what you’re
doing and how you’re spending your time, and then cut down certain things, so you’re only
focusing on one or two specific areas. Because I took the time to do that, the admissions
officer who was reading my application didn’t just see a kid with great scores that was
signing up for a bunch of clubs simply to get into x, y, or z school. What they saw was a student who had multiple
interests and was willing to pursue them at a very deep level. Now, your passions don’t have to be the same
as mine, in fact, they shouldn’t be! It’ll be easiest for you if you come up with
one or two things that you actually really do enjoy. And brainstorm extracurricular activities
based on those interests. For example, my younger sister, who is currently
a freshman, is running an Instagram page currently with 40,000 followers. What I told her to do was approach the tech
department at our school and ask if she could help out with running their social media. And they accepted! Also, if she wanted to do some community service,
she could volunteer to advertise local charity events through social media. Literally anything can be a passion– you
just have to be creative. I honestly hope that this video has been helpful
to you. I know that knowing this really determined
a lot of my college decisions. Please keep in mind that I gave you all this
content for free and all I ask is that if you liked the video, hit me with a thumbs
up and subscribe. Also, if you have any specific questions about
your situation, just let me know in the comments, I usually get back to you within 24 hours. Lastly, I did set up a Patreon, so if you
would like to support me financially, any money I get will go right back into the channel
and increasing the production quality of my videos– that would be much appreciated as
well. The link is right below. Best of luck in the college admissions process,
and I’ll see you next week! Bye.

58 thoughts on “How To Get Into an Ivy League School | What NOBODY Is Saying (2019)

  1. THANK YOU!!!!! I literally was stressed out about whether I should join the chess club as well as play soccer. My college counselor tells me to do this and that and stress students out for no reason. I will still play soccer but even though I love chess I still will not do it because it wastes my valuable time and plus since you said colleges don't look at useless clubs therefore I won't join. Also, you just earned a subscriber. once again, thank you for the awesome advice.

  2. Im addicted to these videos altho I don't want to get accepted into any Ivy s
    I just want to get accepted into GIA.

  3. Hi Greg, my freshman year of high school I applied to go to a rigorous boarding highschool (Alabama School of Mathematics and Science) and I got in. I would love to go to an out-of-state to college. I am involved in many extracurriculars and have many leadership roles. However, my GPA has suffered from going to this school, I now have a 3.9 GPA unweighted. I am a junior in Highschool and plan to maintain an A average throughout the rest of high school. Will colleges overlook my application because of my slight drop in grades?

  4. YOU KNOW NO ONE ASKS YOU WHAT SCHOOL YOU GO TO when you are trying to get into a job!? Its all experience, internships!
    Bro why r you spending so much at IVY league?!

  5. My college app would most likely have a ton of music related things to it but even though it's my main passion, I don't want to go to colelge for it. What would I do then?

  6. im in the 8th grade studying in the EU so ill have to go through college here and then o can goto university abroad so i still have 4 years of school before uni. BUT IM STILL STRESSING SO MUCH OMG ITS LIKE IF I DONT GET TO STANFORD OR HARVARD OR UPEBN OR COLUMBIA IM JUST GONNA HOP OFF A BUILDING CUZ LIKE I WOULD DISSAPOINT MY DAD SO BADLY ARGHH

  7. I’m only in eighth grade but my biggest dream is to go to MIT. I was getting prepared to do a lot of random extra curricular activities in high school, but now I’m instead looking forward to my years in high school and building off of the activities I love.
    thanks so much!

  8. Hey Greg I have a quick question. I have a passion for Spanish but I don't know how I can tie that passion to a business major. How did you tie your passion for Chinese culture into why you wanted to major in computer science?

  9. Hey Greg, great advise, I’m a junior and want to get into a top college but find myself doing many extracurriculars. I’m really into environmental friendliness and recycling, so I wanna start composting in my school to reduce landfill waste. I want to be a chemical engineer soon! Love the advice and keep it up man!

  10. I had a question and I don’t know if you’ll answer but I’m taking harder classes throughout my high school career and I wonder if you know whether or not college admission officers take into account the actual classes you take when they look at your GPA and SAT score? And if so do you believe it’s better to take hard and challenging classes in high school? Right now I’m taking AP Lit, Trig, and Physics as my hardest classes this year as a junior and I plan to take harder classes next year as well

  11. Hey Greg, this is a very informative video! I have a quick question for you. I am an international student who intends to apply to certain Ivy League schools in this year. However, I'm just a bit curious regarding the letters of recommendation as this is not a thing in my homecountry. How many of these do you need? And do you happen to have any information (for teachers) regarding how to write such letters of recommendation? Thanks in advance!

  12. Thank you so much! I will do my best to follow your advice and hopefully it will aid me in getting into Yale, Brown… Or maybe even Harvard

  13. the thing is that my high school started when I was 12 and we have mandatory extracurricular activities. I also don't have a specific passion that I can pursue because I live in a small city with small resources. IDK what to do.

  14. Cmon, buy your way in like they do in Hollywood OR just claim your American Indian heritage!!!! NO charge for the sure fire advice!!! PS I have a special this month only, 50% discount for enrollment by fake Athletic prowess!!! Your choice, table tennis, dodge ball, arm wrestling and in the near future beer pong!!!

  15. I wish I saw this video when I was a sophomore… it’s 8 days before my first application is due so I’m not sure how useful this is😂

  16. I have a passion in teaching underprivileged kids and have taken up 2 foreign languages is that enough to get into an ivy league??(My sat scores are good and I have good subject sat scores too)

  17. So I am interested in the tech area and piano area of college, and I'd love to get into any of the ivies or Carnegie Mellon University. I haven't won anything important, haven't done anything major, however, since I am interested in tech, I started my own club to go to local senior centers and teach them how to use technology/ do some databases on their favorite subjects. I am really worried right now ( I am a freshman in HS ) because I have a B in my AP class ( a's in the rest of my classes ), so I might have a lower gpa. What can I do to get into my dream schools?

  18. Okay anyone else do a bunch of different things but not because they want to pad their app but bc they actually want to be there? No… just me? Okay 👌

  19. If your planning for a STEM major especially engineering dont go to any ivy league school all the ivy league schools suck ass for engineering

  20. So, this is not for Harvard (Period) This wasted my time now lol what a productivity's opportunity cost on watching you blah blah about focusing one's goal and path.

    The con of focusing only one's goal and activity is that it shows your lack of multi-tasking skills in a practical world.

  21. Wish I saw this sooner, but I did kind of do what you said. I combined orchestra, lacrosse, and service into creating a sense of community. Might sound goofy but idk i think my essay kinda explains it. Applied early to Harvard tho so we'll see

  22. Honestly, “colleges don't care how many random activities you can slap on your application” was the advice my guidance counselor, teachers, parents, younger siblings, and goldfish have been telling me.

  23. I'm establishing the very first official at my school club to raise awareness for astrophysics education and aid students in college applications. I plan to major in astrophysics, and Im apart of a very well known scholarship program that has taken me to Wharton where I made an innovational project with a team. I'm not asking fir merit. I need help to know and decide whether all this is useless or decent for the big leagues. I need help

  24. Thanks a lot🤩🤩🤩
    I've learned lots of new things and be able to plan in advance my university life thanks to your video❤❤❤
    You're doing a great job😍
    I really appreciate your hardwork and great content🙏

  25. Great video! Also you can search for the scholarships on one of the top sites
    like https://scholarships.plus – just select the country you want to
    study in and your target degree

  26. I'm not sure I want to apply to my dream school. In my dreams, I am wandering around the corridors of that school, trying to find the classroom, and when I finally get there there is a test underway, and it's five minutes before "Time's up!", and the subject is Quantum Field Theory.

  27. What if my passion is something that sounds not genuine(like a similar niche for almost all students) but I'm being genuine about it? Because I love biology and even though I'm bad at it, my curiosity for anything related to it never ends.

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