FWIW I got into an Ivy (and Caltech and Stanford) because I was a good student, not because of family connections.
Folks, please don't think that LRC is necessarily an accurate reflection of the typical ILer's abilities to spell, punctuate, make good word choices, and so on.
I went to Caltech. It's not an Ivy. Neither is Stanford for that matter. I made it to Caltech because of grades, test scores, performance in some math / science contests. Caltech almost never lets anyone in via connections, unlike the IL schools. They are a sham. Look up Ron Unz's re how his own people now get into those schools because of what they are, their ethnicity, rather than grades and test scores today. Yet they still pretend to be discriminated against. Or when this is brought up they mention "legacy" students - as long as they are non-tribal. And the non-tribal legacy students are a distinct minority. But they get played up while the huge flotilla of undeserving chosen kids gets the slots over large numbers of hated white males and droves of very hard working Asians.