What colleges/universities are included in the Ivy League? 

The eight schools included in the Ivy League are:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale

Although considered extremely elite schools, with some of the lowest admission rates in the country, both MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Stanford University are not part of the cluster of Ivy League schools. Stanford is the only school of the above listed grouping that is on the WEST coast (Palo Alto, California).



Will the Ivy League universities/colleges require the Essay portion of the NEW SAT? 

Currently the Ivy League is split on whether or not they will require the Essay portion of the NEW SAT. The schools that currently have stated that they will NOT require it are:

  • Brown
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • University of Pennsylvania

Currently stating that they will require the Essay portion of the NEW SAT for admissions are: Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Stanford is saying that they will also require the ESSAY while MIT as of yet is “UNANNOUNCED”.


What are some of the other elite universities to consider that are non-Ivy League?

There are hundreds of excellent universities around the country. Their rankings for any one student can dependent on what major a student may be interested in pursuing. Following is a list of highly ranked schools according to U.S. News and World Report that including the Ivies, Stanford, and MIT rank as some of the top 25 in the nation:

  • Northwestern (IL)
  • University of Virginia – Arlington
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • Boston College
  • Rice (Texas)
  • University of Chicago
  • Duke (NC)
  • California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)
  • John Hopkins (MD)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (Strong Pre-med program)
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)
  • Vanderbilt (TN)
  • Emory (Georgia)
  • Georgetown (Washington D.C.)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • Tufts (MA)
  • Wake Forrest (NC)
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • New York University (NYU)

Why is it so hard to get into University of California schools?

As a heads up, University of California schools can be difficult to get into because they take such a high percentage of California students. For example, UC Berkeley only accepts approximately 19% of its students from out of state. That means, coming from Arizona, we are competing with the rest of the WORLD for 19% of their admission slots.

  • UCLA only takes approximately 13% from “out of state”
  • UC San Diego is 4%
  • UC Santa Barbara is 5%
  • UC Irvine is 3%

What that means is that in order for an Arizona student to be a competitive applicant, they need to be in the top end or higher of any unweighted GPA or test score published ranges. Some of the California State Universities have even lower out of state acceptance rates. As an example, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Los Angeles only take about 1% from out of state although their admissions standards are slightly lower than the “University of California” schools.


What are other popular schools for Arizona students?

  • TCU
  • SMU
  • Baylor
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • Chapman
  • Loyola Marymount
  • University of Santa Clara
  • University of San Diego
  • Point Loma University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Embry Riddle
  • U of A
  • ASU/ Barrett
  • NAU

Additional requirements for ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication AND ASU Fulton School of Engineering AND WP Carey School of Business

If you are interested in attending the ASU Cronkite School of Journalism OR WP Carey School of Business OR the Ira Fulton School of Engineering directly out of high school there are some additional requirements to attend for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees.


Bachelor of Science: WP Carey School of Business

  • ASU student admission requirements AND one of the following
  • OLD SAT math and critical reading score combined – 1160
  • OR ACT Composite Score 25
  • OR High School ranking in the top 8% of your class
  • OR an overall high school GPA in ASU core competency classes of 3.6 (unweighted)

Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering
Freshman Criteria varies slightly depending on the specific major for which you are applying:

  • High School Graduate
  • 1140 OLD SAT combined for Math and Critical Reading OR
  • 24 ACT OR
  • 3.0 minimum ARBOR unweighted GPA OR
  • Ranking in the top 25% of high school class
  • AND
  • No high school math or science deficiencies (D’s or F’s)

For a BSE in Engineering Management, BS in Software Engineering and BS in Informatics one math or science deficiency is allowed along with one other non-math or science deficiency.

ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
For admission to the Bachelor of Arts program at the Cronkite School:

  • Freshman must meet the general ASU admissions requirements
  • AND not have had a deficiency (D or F) in English during 4 years of high school