Why is it prudent to go to an Ivy League University? In a word – clout. When you complete an Ivy League education or any of the top 15 Universities you are saying to the world, “I am prepared.” Drop one of the top names and literally doors open. That is not to say that there won’t be economic trials in life but an Ivy League education hedges your bets against the odds. There is a reason for that: graduating from a top tier school says that you are well educated.
Most of the top Universities are research universities which means that they are ahead of the trends in their fields of research and have contributed many innovations to the world. As a result, they draw the world’s best minds to teach. Teachers at third tier schools often use the textbooks that have been written by professors at 1st tier schools; because they, the professors at first tier schools, did the research. First tier schools include The Ivies: Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, and Brown and schools like Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While these award winning schools are not the only ones to offer a good education, they often offer the best education in their fields and transfer excellence to their students. A person graduating from these institutions carry the reputation of outstanding preparation with them wherever they go; giving them an edge.
A third reason is that most of the top tier schools are universities with a variety of programs that allows a student to stretch themselves; they are not one trick ponies and because most of them offer broad liberal arts programs, even a student who is focused on say art or theater or engineering will be exposed to a variety of mediums and disciplines to not only enhance their “art” but to create well rounded individuals. As a result of their excellent reputation, they attract some of the world’s most intelligent and interesting individuals. In today’s global workplace, this type of education creates a better work and management force.
A fourth reason is the ability to build networks; “No Man is an Island;” especially when climbing the corporate ladder. Meeting and fraternizing with students who will be tomorrow’s leaders is only second to meeting faculty who are today’s leaders. As a result of their excellent education, these Universities attract some of the world’s most intelligent and interesting individuals; attending these Universities allows students the opportunity to network with global affiliates; creating a base that lesser prestigious colleges can not compete with. Building a network of affiliates in all fields and many countries can only help you as you climb the proverbial Ladder of Success.
The only draw back to attending these prestigious Universities may be the cost. Most of them cost between $40,000 and $55,000. But there are many ways to afford these schools, and the reality is, the same way techies would advise when buying a new computer that you need to buy the newest and best that you can comfortably afford…., the same can be said about education: you need to be willing to to get the best education you can afford. Don’t let the price tag scare you though, financing a good education may be the easier part;. The harder part is to get in, and then you have to graduate. But if you are a well prepared student or the parent of a well prepared student, make sure that you include the Ivies in your college search. Getting in and attending will literally change your life, and your future.