Prep Zone Academy™ Proudly Presents

Ivy League Seminar

Prep Zone Academic Excellence Day 2020

The Ivy League schools comprise of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth, and Cornell, while some use the term more colloquially to include other top schools such as Stanford, MIT, and Caltech. Schools in the Ivy League are widely regarded as the best universities in the U.S., and thus also the hardest to gain admissions to. To stand out from the crowd, you will require more than just excellent grades and coherent essays.

In this seminar, Prep Zone Academy’s Admissions Consultants, who are graduates from Harvard & Yale themselves, will review your application profile and provide concrete, actionable pieces of advice on how to improve your chance of getting into an Ivy League program.


Due to the current Wuhan Coronavirus situation in Singapore, the seminar will be postponed until the end of March. More details will be made available in the upcoming weeks. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Seminar Overview

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • What Ivy League Admissions Committees Look For
  • Everything to Know About Academic & Application Requirements
  • The Perfect Preparation & Application Timeline
  • Debunking Ivy League Myths
  • Profiles of Successful Applicants
  • Q/A


Tiffany Lee
Harvard - BA, MA | UC Berkeley - JD | UCLA - LLM

Tiffany earned degrees in East Asian Studies and Law from Harvard and UC Berkeley. She studied abroad at Tokyo University, published articles in several law journals, and interned at Warner Brothers Studios and the Writers Guild of America. After gaining experience counseling non-profits in Berkeley, she worked for California law firms specializing in restaurant law and video game law. For the past several years she has enjoyed teaching and advising applicants on their applications to diverse business school programs, and her track record includes INSEAD, NUS, IESE, Cornell, Chicago, Kellogg, NYU, UCLA, Michigan, University of Toronto, Oxford, Cambridge, and LBS.

Nirali Jivrajani
National University of Singapore - BComp

Nirali grew up in India and came to Singapore for Junior College as an SIA scholar. She went on to study Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore and worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Operations Analyst with the Equity Settlements team prior to joining Prep Zone. Over the past few years she has tutored hundreds of students on standardised tests like BMAT, UKCAT, ISAT, PQA, SAT and ACT. She has also worked extensively with students on their UK and US college applications on profile building, school-shortlisting, personal statements, and interview prep. 

Simonas Bartulis
Yale-NUS – BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Simonas majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in Yale-NUS College, Singapore, but also has a penchant for Anthropology and Sociology. Over the past four years, he tried out journalism, academic research, public policy and work in education, and lived in various countries such as Lithuania, Georgia, the US, and Singapore. While in college, Simonas dedicated a lot of his time to competitive debating and teaching debate in his home country of Lithuania. As the coach of the national team, Simonas also advised and mentored many students on their applications to US and UK universities.

Prep Zone Academic Excellence Day 2020

This event is a part of Prep Zone Academy’s Academic Excellence Day 2020

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Prep Zone's Academic Excellence Day 2020

More About Schools In The Ivy League

Harvard University

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is one of the most renowned and prestigious universities in the world. Every year, Harvard receives applications from the brightest minds from across the globe. The networks and resources available to Harvard students are truly unmatched – from art history classes conducted in one of the university museums among the pieces in question, to fully sponsored internship programs arranged through one of the institutes on campus. Harvard counts 8 U.S. presidents among its hundreds of notable alumni, leading in fields ranging from mathematics to late night comedy. Harvard also has more Division 1 sports than any other school in the country.


With a 5:1 student to teacher ratio, Princeton prides itself on being one of America’s most immersive Ivies for undergraduate academics. Located in Mercer County, New Jersey, Princeton currently employs 26 Nobel laureates as faculty and staff. Princeton’s athletic teams are known as the Tigers, and the school currently sponsors 36 varsity sports. Students at Princeton also enjoy its world-renowned Gothic architecture and beautiful flowering trees all year round as they explore hundreds of clubs and societies on campus.


Known as one of the happiest Ivies, do not mistake Brown University’s easy reputation with easy acceptance – like all Ivies, it has rigorous application requirements. As a result, Brown students are fiercely competitive but graduate with a sense of purpose in doing something for the greater good. On campus, you will find a deep desire to improve inside and outside the classroom, with an atmosphere of active intellectual inquiry. Based in picturesque Providence, Rhode Island, Brown students enjoy visually stunning views and a wide selection of restaurants within walking distance of campus.


New Haven, Connecticut, is a young town where almost everyone is either a student or a teacher. Yale University students often find themselves surrounded by other highly intelligent and driven individuals, pursuing various endeavors with ferocity. Yale is known for its collaborative community, with Yale classrooms have some of the most encouraging professors. Students often kickstart their business ventures by their second year and many of their students are employed before they even graduate. There is no one type of Yale student, as Yale stays true to its values of maintaining a diverse student community in background, interests, and ambition. Its extracurricular activities reflect its diversity, and students describe the opportunities as a “bazaar of options.”


The University of Pennsylvania has some of the best academics globally. Known for its business programs, Wharton School of Business is consistently ranked as the best B-school in the country, and one of the few top US schools to offer business as a major at the undergraduate level. While students often find themselves immersed in their studies in Penn’s beautiful domed library, they may explore Philadelphia’s exciting city life over the weekend. In order to maintain a high standard of academic excellence, Penn has a very selective application process, accepting less than ten percent of applications. As a result, students at Penn are extremely drive, intelligent, and ambitious, while keeping up with the most difficult of curves in areas such as STEM.


Famous for its rigorous academics and its bustling New York City location, Columbia University provides a learning environment for its students distinct from the more isolated Ivies. Using the City’s vast resources coupled with its international and diverse student and faculty, Columbia has one of America’s most interactive academic experiences. With over 80 fields of study, students often find themselves being taught by Oscar winners, Presidents of major corporations, and leaders in the finance sector. After classes, students can unwind and explore the various events as they happen on or off campus. Aside from its academics, Columbia is home to two Baseball Hall of Famers, and its classrooms frequently make rounds in Hollywood movies. Columbia’s Lion mascot, in fact, was the inspiration behind the famous MGM lion!


Located in Ithaca in upstate New York, Cornell University students are frequently sighted wearing “Ithaca is Gorges” t-shirts, referencing the town’s abundant gorges. While the location is beautiful, it does not detract from Cornell’s stellar academics. Affiliated with 41 Nobel laureates, Cornell maintains a community of brilliant faculty members that students often study under and frequently conduct research with on a daily basis. Students explore their passions on and off campus: from Cornell Racing and Cornell Silicon Valley to Cornell Hollywood, the campus encourages students to participate in over 800+ clubs and societies. There’s also a class on almost everything under the sun – from Ethics of Eating to running a casino – Cornell has it all.


While Dartmouth’s academics are deeply intense and competitive like its peer colleges, as the smallest Ivy by class size, they are also personal with plenty of student-teacher interaction. Dartmouth College is based on a trimester system rather than a semester system, which means students take three classes over a period of ten weeks. However, because of its small classroom size, students are able to conduct more research with their professors and are able to receive more ‘real-life’ work experiences before they even graduate. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth college students enjoy all four seasons and are able to explore hundreds of extracurricular activities on campus, including its famous Greek life.