Unipod 6: Getting into an Ivy league University

This week's podcasts begins by busting the biggest myths regarding what is involved in getting into an Ivy League university, before speaking to Year 13 JESS Dubai student, Divya, who has just been through the application process, on what makes a successful applicant...
Unipod 6: Getting into an Ivy league University
By David Westley
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Unipod’s focus this week is The Ivy League – a group of private universities situated in the north east of the USA. The Ivies, as they are also known, are among the most prestigious and competitive universities in the world. They even have their own website.

The trouble with being part of such an elite group, however, is that it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the facts about admissions policies from the fictional tales which circulate about how difficult it is to gain admission into an Ivy League school, that you have to be a brain on legs or possess superhuman athletic abilities. As the 2019 admissions bribery scandal revealed, some parents were so desperate to get their children into one of these elite schools that they paid millions of dollars in an attempt to submit false exam scores, create fake athletic profiles and bribe college officials.

While nothing worth having comes easy, Uptown School University Counsellor, Buket Ayez kicks off our podcast (above!) to bust a few of those Ivy League myths. Josie Campbell then speaks to JESS Dubai student, Divya, on what makes a successful applicant!


Can you guess which universities these famous alumni graduated from? Answers at the bottom of the page! No peeking!

1. Lupita Nyong'o,
2. Matt Damon,
3. Emma Watson,
4. Donald Trump,
5. Author, Toni Morrison,
6. Google chairman, Eric Schmidt,
7. Sidney Lumet,
8. Poet, Robert Frost

Unipod is brought to you by...

Josie Campbell

Josie currently works as a University Counsellor at JESS Dubai. Before moving back to Dubai, she was Head of Careers at Ampleforth College, where she also taught English and Drama. Josie also works professionally in theatre, film, radio and voice-over.

Buket Ayaz

Buket is a University Counsellor at Uptown School in Dubai, with over 10 years of experience working in international schools. It is her lifelong passion to help students find the right ‘fit’ university and get them prepped for the world of work.

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