How to Get Into Ivy League (and avoid making rotis at home)

Following comment by an Anonymous reader at How I Got into Ivy League with GRE 1170

From H4 Visa to Ivy League

I am now a PhD student at an ivy league too!

But what I was doing 5 years ago was completely a different story!

If I hadn’t made the switch I would have been making rotis at home.

My secret = Undergraduate research experience, voluntary work, freelance (open source projects for developers), create something!

I came to U.S. on H4 (was qualified professional with a B.Com and post- graduate diploma) but was quite unhappy and depressed as many others who came to U.S in my visa status.

For a while it seemed like my career is over with my 3-year degree and some work experience.

I couldn’t get into a university for Masters because of the “one year gap” that engineering students luckily don’t have to deal with.

After a couple of rejects and heartbreaks, I decided to do my Bachelors degree again, pursue something I enjoy, and that can connect my past work experience, and be positive.

I started out with community college for 1 year of general education courses and then transferred to a state university to complete a bachelors in Cognitive Science.

I completed my bachelors degree in 3 years time, but landed a 4 year degree in the end with tons of research experience, professional contacts, and recommendations.

Now I was even with all the other 4 year undergraduates from all over the world- only difference (a) U.S bachelors degree + 3 years of undergraduate research experience + an independent research project.

I took a break and one year later, took the GRE (1230- not a great score!) and applied to 2 universities only because of geographic limitations. One of the univs was an ivy league graduate school.

I got admits into both and am now studying here at the ivy league with scholarship.

Which Ivy League University

With previous post, people questioned how can they know if the person was actually studying in Ivy League.

But, I can confirm the person who posted this comment is from an Ivy League school. Even though I know the name of the University, I cannot disclose it.

Now, you know the show to get into Ivy League Graduate School -  Create Something!


  1. @HSB,
    the point i guess is not whether he’s really in an Ivy college or not, we can take that fact at face value. But how much funding can be expected?

  2. Wow..Congratulations. Not specifically making it to an Ivy school, but for bagging a scholarship. Personally what I have seen, if you have a decent all round profile, then making it to an Ivy isn’t such a big deal ( I myself made it) but bagging a funding is like truly awesome. Well done.

  3. Looks good….shows some dedication and hard work and an aim in life….got what he deserved…….

    However, one thing that not every one can do is go back and do another bachelor’s degree to pursue his dreams……..

    But he did it…so that displays his dedication….

  4. “I couldn’t get into a university for Masters because of the “one year gap” that engineering students luckily don’t have to deal with.” – What dies that mean? It is not like there is a gap and 4 yr Engg graduates are getting away jus bcos it is a 4 yr course

    It seems like quiet a baggage due to the 3 yr rather thn the 4 yr. It is not that much to worry about.

  5. Elia123 says:

    When you mentioned freelance work, did you work on programming/software related projects? If you did, how did you even get that offer because, you did your bachelor’s in a field not related to Computer Science?