Ivy Day Grand Tour – Visiting all 8 Ivy League Schools

By : Admin
Mar, 27 2018

This Wednesday, May 28, 2018 is “Ivy Day,” when all eight members of the Ivy League release their undergraduate admissions decisions. In honor of Ivy Day, our founder and CEO Ben Stern will become the first person to visit all eight schools in a single day. (We don’t think this has ever been done; if you have and can prove it, please let us know.) He will be accompanied for at least part of the trip by Columbia University student Mohak Sharma.

Geographically, Cornell University (located in Ithaca, New York) is separated from the other schools by a considerable distance: around four hours from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and over five hours from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Ben and Mohak’s itinerary will start out in Ithaca, NY with a quick stop at Cornell and end in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania:

IvyAchievement route
IvyAchievement Ivy Day route

Accounting for traffic and gas stops, total driving time will be about 15-16 hours. With half an hour for each stop, total time should be around 19 hours. Departing at 5AM should allow Ben and Mohak to arrive in Philadelphia by midnight.

This is not the shortest possible route, which would be Cornell->Penn->Princeton->Columbia->Yale->Brown->Harvard->Dartmouth (or the reverse), but Ben has chosen to start at Cornell and end at Dartmouth because:

  1. He lives in New Jersey and would like to minimize his overall driving time. Following the shortest route, ending at Dartmouth or starting at Penn would require significant additional driving back to central New Jersey, whereas Penn is about an hour away.
  2. Ben wants to avoid driving in rural areas at nighttime. Starting at Cornell and ending at Dartmouth or vice versa would mean doing significant rural driving both early in the morning and late in the evening. Sunrise on Wednesday is just before 7AM EDT, so most of the trip from Cornell to Dartmouth will be after dawn.
  3. Ben enjoys driving in beautiful Upstate New York! New York driving would be limited on the shortest route.

This is the tentative itinerary:

  • 5am depart Ithaca

  • 10:30am arrive Hanover (visit Dartmouth)

  • 11:00am depart Hanover

  • 1:30pm arrive Cambridge (visit Harvard and MIT)

  • 2pm depart Cambridge

  • 3:30 pm arrive Providence (visit Brown)

  • 4pm depart Providence

  • 6pm arrive New Haven (visit Yale)

  • 7pm depart New Haven (allotting an hour in New Haven for pizza!)

  • 8:30pm arrive New York (visit Columbia)

  • 9pm depart New York

  • 10:30pm arrive Princeton (visit Princeton University)

  • 11pm depart Princeton

  • 12am arrive Philadelphia (visit University of Pennsylvania)

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