Now, just so we are clear, the eight colleges of the Ivy League are some great schools. This is not meant to bash those colleges.
However, not all colleges are appropriate for all students even if you can get in. That is true for all colleges including the big name ones that people often aspire to.
So why might you want to turn down an Ivy League school? Maybe it doesn’t have the program you want. I regularly have BS/MD students turn down Ivy League colleges because the student was admitted into a BS/MD program.
Maybe you don’t want to be a small fish in a big pond. You may have been “the” student in your high school but at an Ivy League college, you will be one of thousands of top students.
Maybe you have done some more research and have decided that the social atmosphere at an Ivy League college is not the best fit for you.
Maybe you can go to another college for free or almost free instead of having to pay a large sum of money to attend an Ivy League college.
Do your research and figure out what colleges are best for you. And if one of them is an Ivy League school, great. But don’t let the allure of “prestige” make the decision for you. You’re better than that.