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Can I still get into an Ivy League school if I'm not valedictorian?

I get straight As, I do community work, and I am a very hard working student. I would love to go to an Ivy League especially since I want to go into the medical field. Is it realistic to plan on going to Yale or Harvard if I am only in the top 10 percent of a public high school?
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Raven’s Answer

First off conjugations on being in the top 10%!!! Lets not just pass that by like its not a big deal, IT TOTAL IS! Second continue to dream big, being valedictorian doesn't decide which colleges choose you, just like community service and extra curricular activities being valedictorian is just another thing to have under your belt but it doesn't mean you can't attend YALE or Harvard. You determine that, you seem very well rounded and that my dear is the starting line. Continue doing what you're doing and push through! Schools look at everything today not just school work, they also take into account who you are as a person and your life experiences, as long as you are you and fully authentic you stand out. Go for it!

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Make a checklist of the requirements
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Poojan’s Answer

My case is actually a paradox when it comes to Ivy League and Valedictorian. After high school, I went to a community college and had a perfect 4.0 GPA for my associates degree. I was also the Valedictorian for the Class of 2010 out of 800 students. As a transfer student, I applied to multiple Ivy Leagues to continue with my bachelors. Unfortunately, I was accepted to NONE in spite of being a Valedictorian.

Fast forward to 2013 when I finished my bachelors at a private school. My GPA was 3.85 and definitely I was not the Valedictorian. However, for my masters degree, I got accepted into two Ivy Leagues.

Ivy Leagues will not JUST look at your GPA or Valedictorian status but will consider other aspects also - your SAT/GRE scores, community service, Statement of Purpose etc. Just because you are not a valedictorian should not discourage you from applying to Ivy Leagues.
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Richard’s Answer

My sons have been valedictorian and salutatorian with near perfect scores on standardized tests and they have not been accepted into the Ivy League. They have had classmates with a lower rank that were accepted. It seems like the Ivy League schools are looking for something other than grades and standardized test scores. They want people with unusual or unique interests or accomplishments and leadership skills.

So don't let your grades deter you from applying. Good luck!
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