This year’s Ivy League admissions totals are in. The 8.9 percent acceptance rate is impressively exclusive, but compared to landing a job at Wal-Mart, getting into the Ivy Leagues is a cakewalk.

Last year when Wal-Mart came to D.C. there were over 23,000 applications for 600 jobs. That’s an acceptance rate of 2.6%, twice as selective as Harvard’s and over five times as choosy as Cornell.

Wal-Mart has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard

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Anyone Stressing Over Ivy Leagues

My friend had a 28 ACT and 3.67 GPA junior year. She worked VERY hard, took more APs and got a 34 ACT by her senior year and a 4.2 GPA.

Currently she is at Cornell now and top of her class.

Hard work gets you anywhere. 

And I WILL get into Harvard. You just have to give it your all. 

It’s not about perfection, it’s about being yourself and becoming someone that you are proud of.

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Best of luck, prospies!

And as always, feel free to shoot us a message if you have any other questions or just want encouragement!! 

anonymous asked:

Is being gay frowned upon in medicine? Can it hurt admissions into a school?

Being gay is definitely not frowned upon in medicine. It cannot hurt your admissions, and if it does? That is both highly unethical and illegal for a medical institution to discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation. 

That said, I go to a school in a state where things are pretty liberal and my classmates are very open-minded (it’s hard not to be after you see a lot of what we see. Who cares about someone’s sexual orientation when people are dying young in the hospital or you feel like you can’t save a damn person who walks through the door?). I have several wonderful classmates who are who identify within LGBTQA. No one gives them any crap for it and those who judge them know better than to open their mouths.

Professionalism is the key word in medicine. And being professional means that a colleague’s personal choices, like who they choose to be with, don’t factor in to what makes them a good physician. If an individual or institution is telling you that it does? That is a highly questionable medical school that is going to get its ass handed to them legally in the near future and I’d stay away from them anyways.



Top College List Resources

Some well known, some not so well known. These are the top sites I’m using to develop my college list and understand my chances.


Again, a well known. This site offers opinions from students on a variety of subjects, ranging from how attractive the guys are to how qualified the professors are.


Preferable to throwing your stats on college confidential forums, Admitster calculates your chances of acceptance at any university.  You can also toggle with the factors and see how your chances could go up if you, say, join another club or raise your SAT score 20 more points.



See who got in! This site allows you to purchase in depth applicant profiles (including essays, stats, ect), helping you to see the caliber of students that actually get into the Harvards of the world.


Sworn enemy of Appblr, known for pretension and crushing dreams; I know, I know… BUT the decision threads (i.e.: UCLA class of 2018) are incredibly helpful for the same reasons as Admitsee.


Online college fairs and information sessions from universities around the world. Extremely helpful for those that don’t have the time to jet off to every city on college list. You can talk to admissions reps, ask questions, ect.


Hope this helps some of you!



Apparently, if Princeton’s entire Freshmen class told Princeton “nah, I don’t wanna attend…” then there would still be enough qualified applicants with 4.0’s and 2400’s to replace the entire class 2.5 times over.

Ultimately, it’s up to your personality and essays and your out-of-school life. I know a lot of you guys are stressing, and I too am dying to know “hey what’s my chance of getting into this college???” but this kind of proves that there is no set formula. Plenty of valedictorians and 2400 SAT students get rejected from Ivies. Just be yourself. Don’t stress out too much. (: 

Easy to say, hard to do, I know. but this is my little message for you guys today.


anonymous asked:

If we ask a question on here un-anonymously, will you view our tumblr pages and if so, will you deem us inappropriate or unprofessional and use it against us in the application process? All my life I've heard not to post anything bad on social media because colleges will look down on it and now I'm scared and regret being un-anonymous for a question I've asked on here. Not that I post anything horrible, but it is pretty raunchy but all in humor.

We will not look at your tumblr page no matter how awesome your tumblr name is. Rest assured, even if we did, we probably wouldn’t have any idea who you are and we definitely wouldn’t be adding it to your record or anything like that. That would just be a jerk move on our part. FURTHERMORE, we (the tumblr folks) aren’t the ones who review applications (those awesome people are down the hall). Our non-social-media duties include designing all the fun invitations, booklets, posters, t-shirts, and ultimately (hopefully) Admit Packs that you all get throughout the year. So, please, do not fear to be un-anonymous! It allows us to respond to you privately and that’s super helpful for everyone. 

(Also, we all have personal accounts… we know what tumblr is like.)