How to get into Ivy League schools these days

What do all of the Ivy League schools have in common? They're incredibly difficult to get into!

But it is possible.

This New Jersey teen got into all eight Ivy League schools, plus Stanford.

In case you forgot which schools are on the list besides Yale and Harvard, there's also Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania.

So, what does it take to get accepted?

Grades and test scores matter!

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The hardest college to get into in every state

Alabama: University of Alabama

Acceptance rate: 51.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 990-1250

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Arizona: Arizona Christian University

Acceptance rate: 56.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 840-1090

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Arkansas: University of Arkansas

Acceptance rate: 62%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1010-1230

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California: California Institute of Technology

Acceptance rate: 8.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1500-1600

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Colorado: Colorado College

Acceptance rate: 17.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1240-1430

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Connecticut: Yale University

Acceptance rate: 6.3%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1410-1600

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District of Columbia: Georgetown University

Acceptance rate: 17.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1320-1520

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Florida: University of Miami

Acceptance rate: 38.2%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1220-1420

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Georgia: Emory University

Acceptance rate: 26.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1280-1460

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Hawaii: Brigham Young University at Hawaii

Acceptance rate: 34.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 970-1170

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Idaho: Northwest Nazarene University

Acceptance rate: 65.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 900-1180

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Illinois: University of Chicago

Acceptance rate: 8.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1435-1600

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Indiana: University of Notre Dame

Acceptance rate: 21.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1340-1520

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Iowa: Grinnell College

Acceptance rate: 28.0%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1290-1500

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Kansas: Sterling College-Kansas

Acceptance rate: 44.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 820-1040

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Kentucky: Berea College

Acceptance rate: 33.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1020-1226

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Louisiana: Tulane University

Acceptance rate: 28%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1230-1410

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Maine: Bowdoin College

Acceptance rate: 14.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1340-1520

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Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

Acceptance rate: 16.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1360-1510

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Massachusetts: Harvard University

Acceptance rate: 6%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1410-1600

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Michigan: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Acceptance rate: 32.2%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1280-1480

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Minnesota: Carleton College

Acceptance rate: 22.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1320-1510

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Mississippi: Mississippi Valley State University

Acceptance rate: 16.3%

ACT 25th-75th percentile: 15-19

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Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

Acceptance rate: 17.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1420-1570

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Montana: Carroll College

Acceptance rate: 57.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 990-1250

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Nebraska: Union College

Acceptance rate: 52.1%

ACT 25th-75th percentile: 19-25

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New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

Acceptance rate: 11.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1360-1550

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New Jersey: Princeton University

Acceptance rate: 7.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1400-1600

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New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Acceptance rate: 36.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1120-1310

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New York: Columbia University

Acceptance rate: 7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1390-1570

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North Carolina: Duke University

Acceptance rate: 11.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1370-1550

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North Dakota: University of Jamestown

Acceptance rate: 64.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1066-1227

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Ohio: Kenyon College

Acceptance rate: 25.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1230-1420

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Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

Acceptance rate: 40.3%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1130-1410

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Oregon: Reed College

Acceptance rate: 38.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1290-1480

Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

Acceptance rate: 10.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1360-1550

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Rhode Island: Brown University

Acceptance rate: 8.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1330-1550

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South Carolina: Clemson University

Acceptance rate: 51.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1150-1340

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South Carolina: Augustana College

Acceptance rate: 61.3%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1010-1230

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Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

Acceptance rate: 13.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1430-1580

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Texas: Rice University

Acceptance rate: 15.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1390-1550

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Utah: Brigham Young University

Acceptance rate: 47%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1150-1370

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Vermont: Middlebury College

Acceptance rate: 17.2%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1260-1470

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Virginia: Washington & Lee University

Acceptance rate: 19.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1320-1460

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Washington: Whitman College

Acceptance rate: 41%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1200-1430

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West Virginia: Concord University

Acceptance rate: 37.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 860-1060

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Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin

Acceptance rate: 56.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1180-1400

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But they aren't looking for easy A's.

Admissions counselors look at how challenging your courses are and if you do well in harder classes.

The average high school grade-point average of current Yale students is 4.19.

The nationwide average is 3.0.

Experts say high schoolers shouldn't just join a bunch of random clubs to pad their resume.

Instead, focus on what you're best at and show how your life outside the classroom made you a better person in those college essays.

Speaking of, knocking your essay out of the park is the best way for students to tell admissions counselors who they really are in their own words, instead of what their GPA says about them.

But keep essays simple and honest.

Applying this way boosts your chances of getting in, according to Business Insider.

That's because you're entering a smaller pool of applicants compared to a much larger decision pool, according to the Huffington Post.

But you only get to apply early decision for one school so choose wisely!

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