Each year, Ivy Options travels with a select group of students to tour the campuses of a variety of United States universities. This gives students the opportunity to see a side of these universities that cannot be experienced online. It enables them to see whether they feel they would fit in and enjoy attending a given university and introduces them to universities they might not have considered otherwise.
These tours provide students with a ‘behind the scenes’ understanding of the undergraduate admissions process, allowing them to return home with a clear strategy for maximizing their admissions success. These tours also help students to write genuine essays that clearly convey why each university fits well with their academic interests. During the tours, we visit with university staff, athletic coaches, current university students and alumni, giving our students insights that they could never gain from websites or campus tours alone. Students who have participated in a tour found that it made a clear difference in their confidence in choosing their university lists and in writing strong supplemental essays about their schools.
The universities visited during our Summer Tour were: Harvard University, Tufts University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Boston University, Babson College, Bentley University, Brown University, Yale University, New York University, Vassar College, Fordham University, Columbia University, Barnard College, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Swarthmore College, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, American University, and Georgetown University. Our 2016 West Coast tour included: University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, UCLA, Occidental College, Pomona College, Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine, Chapman University, UC San Diego, and University of San Diego.