Things to ponder:
1) Is admission to Harvard mainly based on objective criteria or on how much the admissions committee likes you?
2) If the latter, what exactly is so impressive about getting into Harvard?
3) Does the fact that Harvard admits only a fraction of people who apply automatically make it better? Couldn't it just mean the school is popular?
4) If Ivy-league schools are more likely to admit the children of alumni who donate generously, isn't that the equivalent of bribery?