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Big Bass Drum. Known as the “world’s largest drum,” it stands 10 feet tall on its field carriage and is handled by a crew of four band members with two beaters. The drum draws attention wherever it goes from fans … More
Boar’s Head Dinner. One of the University’s oldest and most beloved traditions, the Boar’s Head Dinner began in 1934 and is held annually in December. The dinner recalls the spirit of English court dinners, such as those served at Queens … More
The first football game, between two different colleges, happened in November of 1869. It was Princeton vs. Rutgers. (Rutgers won, 6-4). Source The Bonfire. The bonfire is one of the most memorable, and sporadic, of all traditional Princeton activities, celebrating that the … More
Oberlin College’s Art Museum rents out original paintings from the greats, such as Renoir, Picasso and Pollock, to its students for $5 a semester. Source. The first college to graduate women was the Oberlin College. Mary Caroline Rudd, Mary Hosford, and Elizabeth … More
DAISY CHAIN. As far back as 1889, daisies were used to decorate the chapel for Class Day, the day before Commencement The sophomore class, “sister” class to the seniors, picked the daisies (from the field where the residential quad now … More
“The Daily Cannon” is a beloved student tradition of vandalism. A replica of a U.S.S. Constitution cannon, the Tufts Cannon is painted over on a nightly basis with campus event details and even specific messages such as retirement well wishes … More
“Buckeye Battle Cry” became the fight song for OSU in 1919 and has been a traditional song ever since. The song is sung during Script Ohio while the “I” is being dotted. Source The ‘O-H! I-O!’ chant is one of … More
Northeastern’s Co-op (Cooperative Education) Program attracts many applicants to apply. Not only is it one of the most popular programs, Northeastern was actually one of the first schools to instill such a program in 1909. Source Northeastern adopted the nickname … More
In Fisher Hall, it’s the Fisher Regatta, a one-on-one boat racing tournament held each April on St. Mary’s Lake that is open to all dorms, with most halls entering at least one home-made watercraft. Usually drawing more than 1,000 participants with boats … More
Matriculation Ceremony. At the end of their first day on campus, first-year students gather for the Matriculation Ceremony to mark their official welcome to the Bucknell community. During the ceremony, they receive a pin to commemorate the event and to … More
Every year, NYU hosts the Strawberry Festival. What’s so special about that? The NYU cooking staff bakes the largest Strawberry Shortcake in New York, using 2,500 egg yolks, 326 lbs. of pastry flour, and 489 cups of sugar. Source Color: … More
75,000,000. The university owns a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg. Lucky 13. The university was originally founded as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men who each offered $13 and 13 prayers. Color: Maroon, Grey and … More
AL GORE: The former vice-president and presidential candidate dropped out of Vanderbilt not once, but twice! Ironically, a man who carved out a space for global warming in the national political agenda was fairly terrible at the sciences according to … More
Dragon Day goes up in flames. Every March, Cornell celebrates Dragon Day. First-year architecture students build a giant dragon. They parade it across campus and then light it on fire in the Arts Quad. The 2015 dragon is pictured above. Source Cornell is … More
A New College in a New City. The college’s first building, Cutler Hall, was occupied in 1880; the first bachelor’s degrees were conferred in 1882. Under President William F. Slocum, who served from 1888 to 1917, the campus took the … More
History. The College was founded in 1911, but its history began in 1909 when Wesleyan University announced that it would no longer offer admission to women. At that time, more women than ever were seeking higher education and demanding the … More
Motto: Alenda Lux Ubi Orta Libertas. Translated “Let Learning Be Cherished Where Liberty Has Arisen,” the motto reflects Davidson’s roots in early American history. There is speculation that the phrase refers to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence that was signed into effect … More
The Boulder. The Columbian Boulder, known as “The Boulder,” is located in front of East College. It was given to the University in 1892 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America. Several alumni bought it from a … More
Buzz— who made his first campus appearance in 1980 — is the world-famous and beloved mascot of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Buzz gets Tech fans cheering at nearly all the Institute’s intercollegiate sporting events. RATS Week. If you’re a current … More
The Fence. Like Northwestern’s rock and Tufts’ cannon, Carnegie Mellon also boasts a commonly painted object in the middle of campus: the Fence. Except cooler. Why? Because the original wooden fence, before it’s collapse in 1993, was considered the “world’s most … More
The Infinite Corridor lines up with the plane of the ecliptic twice a year, filling the 0.16 mile hallway with sunlight. MIT has an “Engineer’s Drinking Song”. The Smoot: In 1958 the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity measured the Harvard Bridge according the … More
Farm-to-fork dining hall (with an “A” rating from Niche.com)—one of seven dining halls available to students of The Claremont Colleges. #1 for the most student Fulbrights at an undergrad institution for 6 straight years—The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2010-2015. Color: Orange … More
Outstanding government program. There’s no better way to learn about the intricacies of U.S. government and politics and their impact on the world than to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. While our nation’s capital is best known for politics, … More
The Caltech mascot is the beaver—an homage to nature’s engineer. Caltech’s founding fathers—astronomer George Ellery Hale, physicist Robert Andrews Millikan, and chemist Arthur Amos Noyes—were nicknamed “Tinker, Thinker, and Stinker.” Beginning in 2007, the campus hosted fall olive harvest festivals … More
A popular tradition is “Ski-Beach Day” each spring, where students board a bus in the morning to ski at a local resort, and afterwards bus to a beach for the rest of the day. Color: Gold and Blue Mascot: Cecil … More
Graffiti Wall. In spring of 1931, the first graduating class signed Graffiti Wall. Located between Toll Hall and Browning Hall, this area provides a place for the graduating class to create an artistic logo or image unique to them and … More
SIGNING IN/SIGNING OUT. Each year, new Dickinsonians gather in front of Old West’s venerable stone steps. Literally etched with history and scuffed by centuries of students, those steps are part of Dickinson’s most important traditions. MERMAID. As Benjamin Latrobe designed … More
The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has an officially sanctioned Squirrel Club. Its sole purpose? To feed peanuts to squirrels. And it’s not as esoteric as you might think. It has 400 members and counting. School Motto: Artes, Scientia, … More
Altgeld Hall Bells. Not only do these bells mark the time, but every weekday a concert is held for those walking to class after lunchtime. Along with “Hail to the Orange,” you might just hear the Beatles or Harry Potter! … More
Tree Campus USA. In 2009, the UW became the first college in Washington state to be declared a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing the UW’s dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Color: Purple and … More
CROSSTOWN RIVALRY. Of all the Bruin traditions, none is more beloved than those that taunt and tease our crosstown rival USC. The rivalry hearkens back to the university’s fledgling days as the Southern Branch, when USC students would mock Southern … More
The founding of Bryn Mawr carried out the will of Joseph W. Taylor, a physician who wanted to establish a college “for the advanced education of females.” Taylor originally envisioned an institution that would inculcate in its students the beliefs … More
Stepsinging. In a tradition that evolved from informal social gatherings, students began to assemble to sing on the steps of Houghton Chapel after its dedication in 1899. Today, students assemble by class four times a year dressed in their class … More
Five College Consortium. Student and faculty exchanges, joint faculty appointments, joint course offerings, Ph.D. programs, combined library catalogues and borrowing privileges between Smith and nearby Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Rally Day. A Smith … More
For almost two centuries, Amherst has been educating a talented, diverse student body. Amherst’s historical “firsts” include the world’s first intercollegiate baseball game, the country’s first collegiate athletics program and the nation’s first undergraduate neuroscience program. The first (and so … More
The world’s #1 recognized institution for Entrepreneurship education, whose mission is to prepare entrepreneurial leaders to create economic and social value everywhere. Babson College has only one undergraduate degree, a bachelor’s of science in business administration. Students can choose to … More
Boston College, the first institution of higher education to operate in the city of Boston, is today among the nation’s foremost universities, a leader in the liberal arts, scientific inquiry, and student formation. The “Kirkwood Tickler” is a man who … More
Bates is a small liberal arts college located in Lewiston, Maine. We are proud to offer a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We have a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. … More
When it comes to Duke student attendance at basketball games, only those dedicated enough get in. This is especially the case when it comes to the infamous Duke-UNC rivalry. In order to attend the home game against UNC, Duke students must … More
Dartmouth’s Latin motto “Vox clamantis in deserto” translates into “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” Source As a Homecoming tradition, the freshman class builds a bonfire and runs around it a set number of times in concordance … More
The undergraduate curriculum changed drastically in 1970, and eventually became known as the Brown Curriculum. This new curriculum wiped out the core requirements shared by all Brown undergraduates and allowed students to craft their own course of study. The College … More
Running a marathon isn’t your thing? Don’t worry – Northwestern doesn’t care whether students who want to put in 26.6 miles, but you better be up for a 30 hour long dance marathon! The Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) has … More
In a nod to their philosophical rigor, one of the student-run coffee shops on campus is called “Grounds of Being.” One of the libraries on campus, the Mansueto Library, has the capacity to house 3.5 million volumes. Similarly, this building … More
When it was founded in 1889, Barnard was one of very few American colleges where women could receive the same challenging education as men did. The College was named after Frederick A.P. Barnard, then the 10th president of Columbia University, … More
The Bard College of today reflects in many ways its varied past. Bard was founded as St. Stephen’s College in 1860, a time of national crisis. While there are no written records of the founders’ attitude toward the Civil War, a … More
Carleton College is also known for its pre-finals, stress-relieving ritual: the “Primal Scream,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Perhaps to further distinguish itself from other colleges that have a similar scream tradition (like Columbia and Stanford), Carleton has … More
Marathon Monday — Boston University. For runners, the third Monday in April, the day of the Boston Marathon, marks the high point in a career of grueling physical strain and unwavering mental determination; for BU students, the marathon marks the … More
One of the premier engineering, science and mathematics colleges in the United States. Source Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1 Source 1 – Most Innovative Schools 2 – Best Undergraduate Engineering Program Color: Gold and Black Mascot: Stag and Athenas Admit Rate: 13% … More
It’s a campus tradition to put a penny on the foot of the Sul Ross statue for good luck on their exam. Source The Big Event, which is appropriately named, is the largest single-day event with over 20,000 student pitching … More
Beat Cal Photos. For decades, Stanford fans traveling around the world have used iconic international landmarks as the backdrops to stage clever and spirited Beat Cal photos. This tradition has grown especially popular among Stanford students who elect to study … More
Harvard has the largest academic library in the world, with 15.8 million volumes. Source. Harvard College’s annual Housing Day is when freshmen, who spend their first year living in and around the Yard Houses, are sorted into one of 12 upperclass Houses. … More
Columbia University used to be known as the King’s College. Source. The MGM Studio’s Lion was inspired by Columbia’s Lion mascot. Ad executive Howard Dietz said he decided to use a lion as the company’s mascot as a tribute to his … More
USC’s motto, PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT, can be loosely translated from the Latin as “let whoever earns the palm bear it.” Source USC’s “Fight On” song was used to inspire combat-bound troops in the Aleutians Campaign during World War II. … More
The words of our fight song, “Fight for Santa Clara,” have been inspiring enthusiasm in Broncos for over a century. Source Color: Red and White Mascot: Bucky the Bronco Admit Rate: 48.3% (Class of 2020). Read more
Emory University (Atlanta, GA): Dooley, a skeleton figure dressed in black, is the unofficial mascot of the university. During Dooley’s Week in the spring, he wanders the campus, showing up in classrooms to let students out of class.
Kenyon College (Gambier, OH): No stage fright allowed at Kenyon, the singing school! Freshmen sing in front of the school during matriculation week, and at graduation, seniors sing in front of their families.
Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA): Happy birthday! On your birthday at Occidental, prepare to be tossed into Gilman Fountain by your fellow students.
University of California, Davis (Davis, CA): Once a year, UC Davis students donate their clothes to charity and streak across campus in the late-night Undie Run.
Barnard College (New York, NY): During finals week, students enjoy a Midnight Breakfast served by the college president and other members of the administration.
Brandeis University (Waltham, MA): At the annual Liquid Latex dance competition, students cover each other in latex paint (and not much else), and perform in a one-of-a-kind and entirely student-run talent show.
Carleton College (Northfield, MN): At 10 p.m. on the night before finals begin, students stick their heads out their windows to share a collective Primal Scream.
Columbia University (New York, NY): What is Orgo Night, you ask? The night before the organic chemistry final, the Columbia University marching band disrupts studies in Butler Library. Stress relief!
MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) released its admission decisions yesterday. Kudos to our student!
MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) released its admission decisions yesterday. Kudos to our student! This year, eighty high school juniors are chosen for their “superior achievement and leadership in math, science and engineering.” About one third of admitted students are from … More
MIT released its admissions decision on Pi Day. Eight IvyClimbing students were admitted (14 applied). Our students have achieved the impossible.
MIT released its admissions decision on Pi Day at 6:28 p.m. in its wonderfully nerdy tradition. Eight IvyClimbing students were admitted (14 applied). Our students have achieved the impossible. They get better when the competition gets tougher. Congratulations to these … More
Stanford sent out admission early notification to one IvyClimbing student on March 3, while Stanford admitted a total of 9 IvyClimbing students this year
Stanford sent out admission early notification to one IvyClimbing student on March 3, while a total of 9 IvyClimbing students were admitted by Stanford this year, another record year at Stanford and IvyClimbing where our students reached their goals. Congratulations!
Students applied early to Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and Caltech all got in. We achieved a 100% acceptance rate on these four colleges.
Students who applied early to Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and Caltech all got in. We achieved a 100% acceptance rate on these four colleges. Congrats!
An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Physics Team. Sound exciting? You can learn all about the physics team on the American Association of Physics Teachers’ website. Congratulations to our student for this amazing achievement! https://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2015/
An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Math Team. Want to know how it works? You can go to the Art of Problem Solving website to learn more about the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. Congratulations to our very talented student! … More
An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Computing Olympiad Team and represented the US at the 2015 International Olympiad in Informatics in Almaty, Kazakhstan! To improve your programming and problem-solving intuition, USACO provides free instructions and practice problems through their … More
An IvyClimbing student conducted materials science research at MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) Program.
An IvyClimbing student conducted materials science research at MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) Program. This summer, over six weeks with MIT professors and graduate students, our student investigated the impact of battery use on the environment. http://www.cee.org/research-science-institute
Williams College (Williamstown, MA): In the Williams-Mystic Program, students work with the Mystic Seaport Museum on various maritime projects–including learning to build a wooden boat, and/or completing a ten-day sea voyage.
A new class at Pomona, Museum Collecting, “was created to give students a behind-the-scenes look at the detailed process of art acquisition and museum curating.” The class culminated in the students choosing one new work of art for the Pomona … More
This #1 undergraduate engineering college just got some new mascots. In addition to the official mascots of the Claremont-McKenna consortium of schools, the Stags (men’s teams) and Athenas (women’s teams), Mudders celebrate Robespierre the rhino and Timer the squirrel. These … More
College Fun Fact: Students at Barnard College can enroll in classes at Columbia University, taking advantage of both the women’s college community and the resources of a larger university. Located in NYC’s Manhattan district, Barnard is the place to be for girls … More
College Fun Fact: Did you know that Colorado College students only take one class at a time? On the college’s unique block system, students enroll for one class, with class sessions lasting 3 hours a day for 3.5 weeks. Students at CC … More
Occidental College is one of the only liberal arts colleges located right in the middle of a bustling city—LA!
College Fun Fact: Occidental College is one of the only liberal arts colleges located right in the middle of a bustling city—LA! With its close-knit community and its urban setting, Oxy is the best of both worlds for a student looking … More
College Fun Fact: Does getting lost in a museum sound like your kind of afternoon? Scripps College, a women’s college in the 5-school Claremont Consortium in southern California, is the only school on the West Coast that offers an art conservation … More
At UCLA, you can study music with jazz great Herbie Hancock, or be inspired in film work by the success of UCLA alumna Ava DuVernay, director of Selma. Who knows what you’ll do? As Ava DuVernay says, “It’s okay to … More
With amazing new research coming out on the economy (low-wage workers are doing worse than we think), astronomy (a new Earth, anyone?), and more, Berkeley is abuzz with that energy that has made this school a dynamo in so many … More
“Duke students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate in the Duke Global Baton, a shared Instagram account that will travel the circumference of the globe—almost 25,000 miles—in 90 days this summer. With each handoff, the Duke Global Baton … More
Sure you know about JHU’s medicine and law programs, but have you heard about their Baja team? “Each year, theHopkins Baja team designs and builds a single-seat off-road vehicle that can withstand rough terrain. The competition includes dynamic events (such as … More
US News & World Report ranks UChicago #4! UChicago students participate in a variety of exciting projects: they work with Habitat for Humanity, study cost savings in cardiac care, and study with faculty members like Cathy Cohen, author of Democracy … More
Pitzer alumnae are writers and violence prevention activists. Pitzer professors are studying bats in Borneo. For five years in a row, Pitzer students and alumni have led the nation in Fulbright Fellowships. Who knows what our students will do with … More
At CMU’s Meeting of the Minds symposium, undergraduate students from all disciplines have the opportunity to present their work: “There are scientific poster sessions, plans for robotic wheelchairs, PowerPoint presentations, poetry readings, and short films side by side.” Grants are … More
It can happen: our student made it off the waitlist, and was admitted to Washington University. With its flexible interdisciplinary programs of study and its popular dorms (ranked #2 by The Princeton Review), there’s lots to enjoy at WashU. (Class of … More
Maybe it’s something that happened at Admit Weekend. Maybe it’s knowing how many amazing pieces are housed at the Cantor Arts Center, or the chance to build a basketball-shooting robot in Mechanical Engineering 210. Whatever it is, all we know … More
Ranked #1 in fine arts and with excellent programs across the disciplines, Yale is a dream school for many. We wish our students the best as they join a tradition of scholarship dating back to the 1640s. (Class of 2015)
For students who want to be at the cutting edge of technological innovation, and who want to try a stint in the “Big East” as a change from sunny California, MIT is the dream school! (Class of 2015)
“MIT Launch is a 4-week entrepreneurship program for high school students, teaching students the entrepreneurial skill set and mindset through starting real companies. Students go through rigorous coursework, collaborate with peers and mentors, and use the multitude of tools surrounding … More
This summer, two IvyClimbing students will conduct research at the University of Iowa’s Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP).
During this five-week residential program, students work alongside faculty mentors in the university’s labs, and produce a research project or paper.
Our student recently competed at a high school invitational, where she broke the school record for an 11-dive meet. She is a winner of an All-American Diving Award (9th), given to the top 100 divers in the country. Congratulations!
You can read more about it from College Board here.
IvyClimbing student will do research this summer with the University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF SSTP).
“The UF SSTP is a seven week residential research program for selected rising juniors and seniors who are considering medicine, math, computer, science, or engineering careers. The program emphasis is research participation with a UF faculty research scientist and his … More
“COSMOS is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students completing grades eight through twelve. Students work side-by-side with outstanding university researchers and faculty exploring advanced topics that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum. COSMOS courses are hands-on … More
This international program only accepted 36 kids this year. Congratulations!
This year, IvyClimbing students will enjoy the Summer Science Institute, the Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute, and the Summer Humanities Institute. Students will conduct research and feel the vibe at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college outside of Minneapolis.
Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students. At Mathcamp, students explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.
An IvyClimbing student who attends The Harker School will conduct field research in the Arctic this summer. If she doesn’t end her summer with good stories for her college admissions essays, no one will.
IvyClimbing students will try field research in Yosemite this summer through NatureBridge’s Yosemite Summer Field Research Course.
Some students light up right away at the idea of doing research while backpacking in Yosemite. Some look suspicious, or downright scared. But almost everyone who attends this program both enjoys it and comes home with good stories–and good stories … More
Congratulations! (Class of 2015)
New York City is the global capital for women entrepreneurs, and women selected to attend this 11-day program learn how to launch their own startups from successful women founders and CEOs.
One IvyClimbing student was selected from 73 applicants (which included college undergrads) for Stanford’s Canary internship, held at a research center dedicated to early cancer detection research. Canary Center interns will work in faculty labs for a 10-week internship in … More
Three IvyClimbing students have been taken off the waitlists – WashU, Penn, and Harvard respectively.
Congratuations, Class of 2015!
Four IvyClimbing students have been accepted to the Science Internship Program (SIP), hosted by UC Santa Cruz.
The SIP program is among the lengthiest summer research programs offered to high school students, clocking in at ten weeks on the UC Santa Cruz campus. This allows students to really dig in to their work, contributing to research in … More
Literary types know that Iowa means excellence in creative writing instruction: Iowa’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is ranked #1. Thus, their Young Writers’ Studio is the most prestigious program of its kind in the nation. With workshop titles … More
At this selective summer research program, Simons fellows “engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University. Simons Fellows work with distinguished faculty mentors, learn laboratory techniques and tools, become part of active research teams, and … More
Not everyone who attends a medical research program aspires to be a doctor: this year’s SIMR participant from IvyClimbing is a genetics and programming whiz who is fascinated by bioinformatics. You don’t have to be into the “squishy stuff” to … More
You shine brightly for your customers; welcome to the Constant Contact All Star. Again. Your efforts last year to reach your customers and engage with them were exemplary. Stellar. Your customers noticed and responded positively. And we certainly noticed. That’s … More
IvyClimbing is recognized as a 2012 Constant Contact All Star. Being an All Star means that “your efforts last year to reach your customers and engage with them were exemplary. Stellar. Your customers noticed and responded positively. And we certainly noticed. That’s why we’re … More
Our name, “IvyClimbing” reflects our approach to counseling. It was chosen to reflect the rigorous process of applying for college admissions – one steady step at a time… More
Asian Americans who have gone through the college admissions process groan and chuckle at these misinformed statements… More