Ivy League: Pros and Cons
Ivy League universities include Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, and Dartmouth. These schools are all located in the Northeastern part of the United States and are part of the same athletic conference. Many of these schools are among the oldest in the country and have had significant time to build and bolster large endowments as well as prestige and pride.
The pros of an Ivy League school are numerous. While you may receive a rigorous education anywhere in the country, the networking possibilities of an Ivy League education are very impressive. Many of the top businesspeople and political leaders have attended Ivy League Universities. The connections made at any one of these institutions can definitely bolster career moves after graduation, due to the loyalty and sense of community these Universities share.
The cons of the Ivy League, however, can play a significant role in the choice to attend. Ivy League schools tend to be incredibly competitive due to the influx of the “best and brightest" in the country. For some, this pressure proves too much.
Cost can also be a limiting factor. A great education does not come cheap and many students and parents can accrue large amounts of debt to finance such a University. The location of the Universities can also require many students to move across the entire country to attend, requiring plane tickets to visit home. While financial aid is available for some, it can be tough to get and can effect the decision to attend in the long run. For many families, the stress of having a loved one so far away can also be detrimental.