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Question #216:
  • My son got accepted to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What is the difference between an honors program at a public university and an Ivy League college education? (courtesy Bhulabhai, Fort Myers, FL)
Answer #216:
  • As far as admission is concerned, Ivy League colleges are among the most competitive colleges in the US, but that does not mean that they are the best colleges or that they get the best students.
    The schools which are called te Public Ivies often offer equally exceptional educational opportunities at much lower cost. You should be delighted that your son was accepted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is a wonderful school of national renown, and its Honors Program accepts only the best and the brightest students.
    In the US, many people believe that the Ivy League colleges still have more "snob appeal", and students often choose them over the top public universities in hopes of having lifelong connections or more name recognition. The truth is, however, that you can get an excellent education with equal recognition at many other highly competitive colleges. A college education is a composite of the student's investment of commitment and interest, the facilities and faculty the college can offer, and a certain intangible intellectual quality which thrives in some campus communities and which withers in others. Although the public is familiar with the cachet offered by the Ivy League, there are many colleges and universities all over the United States which are true gems.
    EDUFAX provides services for the Collegebound High School Student.
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