December 20: Ivy League Christmas Party
January 22: August Ahrens Career Fair
February 3: Waikele Elementary Guest Speaker
Discover the Rewards of the Waipahu High School Ivy League Club
The primary purpose of the Ivy League Club is five-fold: 1) to motivate and inspire students to apply to Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, as well as other “Top Tier” and nationally competitive research universities; 2) to better prepare students to achieve competitive scores on the ACT and SAT through annual and routine practice of such standardized tests; 3) to develop competitive portfolios, personal statements, interview skills and resumes for Ivy League applications; 4) to develop extraordinary research and scholarship documentation, leadership skills, and a history of extraordinary service; and 5) to promote fellowship, peer mentoring, collegiality and esprit de corps.
IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS
The term Ivy League school commonly refers to eight schools associated with the American collegiate athletic conference and is up of eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. These schools include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. The term “Ivy League” is also synonymous with academic excellence and highly selective admissions criteria.
TIER ONE UNIVERSITIES
The term “Tier One” commonly refers to colleges and universities that are ranked by different criteria and vary widely depending on the organization conducting the survey. For example, US News ranked the top 20 US National Universities as follows: 1) Princeton, 2) Harvard, 3) Columbia, 4) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 5) University of Chicago, 6) Yale University, 7) Stanford University, 8) Duke University, 9) University of Pennsylvania, 10) Johns Hopkins, 11) Northwestern University, 12) California Institute of Technology, 13) Dartmouth College, 14) Brown University 15) Vanderbilt University, 16) Cornell University, 17) Rice University, 18) University of Notre Dame, 19) University of California – LA, and 20) Washington University in St. Louis.
NEED BLIND SCHOOLS
Need-blind admission is a term used in the U.S. that means college and university admission policy does not consider an applicant’s financial circumstance when considering admission. Examples of U.S. institutions that are need-blind for U.S. applicants and meet full demonstrated need included, but are not limited to the following: 1) Barnard College, 2) Boston College, 3) Bowdoin College, 4) Brown University, 5) California Institute of Technology, 6) Claremont McKenna College, 7) College of the Holy Cross, 8) Columbia University, 9) Cornell University, 10) Dartmouth College, 11) Davidson College, 12) Duke University, 13) Georgetown University, 14) Grinnell College, 15) Harvey Mudd College, 16) Johns Hopkins University, 17) Middlebury College, 18) Northwestern University, 19) Olin College, 20) Pomona College, 21) Rice University, 22) Soka University of America, 23) Stanford University, Swarthmore College, 24) University of Chicago, 25) University of Michigan, 26) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27) University of Notre Dame, 28) University of Pennsylvania, 29) University of Richmond, 30) University of Southern California, 31) University of Virginia, 32) Vanderbilt University, 33) Vassar College, 34) Wellesley College, and 35) Willams College.
Guest lecturers who have graduated from an Ivy League school
Peer-to-peer research and presentation of findings on a specific Ivy League school
Resume and/or portfolio building
Student Development classes will be held every Friday after school during the university academic calendar and will cover strategies known to be effective in getting into an Ivy League or Tier One school.The class will also involve practice using standardized tests (e.g., ACT, SAT) as guided by SAT study guides and online practice.
Strategies on how to build a history of extraordinary leadership and service
Practice writing personal statements for university admissions