Brown University-Very liberal school; pretty campus in mid-size city; open curriculum; politically active student body; titled towards humanities; happy student body
Columbia University-Less of a campus; located in NYC; lots of theater; core-curriculum that is focused on the western canon; poor sports culture; large graduate school
Dartmouth College-Smaller student body; undergraduate-focused; smaller course selection; sports culture; fraternities; mix of conservatives and liberals; beautiful New England campus; secluded yet access to essentials; more prepofessional in tone than brown and columbia
Cornell University--Very large student body; tilted towards science and engineering; high stress environment; beautiful campus
Harvard University--Large student body; heavy graduate population; intellectual capital of the united states; extremely talented and diverse student body; semi-attractive campus; less focused on undergraduates; large course offerings; diverse interests and extracurriculars
Yale University--Medium-size student body; large graduate population; intellectual, liberal, politically active; tons of school spirit; residential college system at heart of yale (lots of pride toward one's res. college); strong english department; located in New Haven, a medium sized city-not the safest in the world; there is a city running through the campus; cold weather in the winter; hot weather in the summer
Princeton University-unbelievably gorgeous gothic campus; air of tradition, formerly elitism, but changing; eating clubs social system for upperclassmen; balanced humanities and sciences; slightly more white student body; strong sports culture and school spirit; strong alumni connections; more preprofessional focus than yale; the kids who are conservative and want to go Ivy often pick Princeton; smaller gay community, etc.
University of Pennsylvania-large urban campus; preprofessionalism; strong business, finance program; oasis in philadelphia; school spirit, parties, and happiness
Brown: Most liberal, do-it yourself majors, once blighted now improving city location, choice of hollywood kids.
Dartmouth: Once most republican ivy now shifting toward the left. Most famous party culture in ivy's. Smallest of the ivy's with more of a lac feel.
Harvard: Such difficult admissions that student body is not only smart and talented but somewhat eccentric and self centered. Not much school spirit but wealth of opportunities.
Yale: More School spirit and sports culture than harvard. Reputation for intellectual elitism. Dangerous but improving location. Dark but impressive gothic campus.
Columbia: No Sports culture, little school spirit, nice but cramped campus with access to the attractions of new york. Perhaps the most genuinly intellectual Ivy.
Cornell: The working mans ivy. Most diverse of all the ivys with the most courses and types of students. Unique blend of public and private in physically stunning setting in small city named the most enlightened in America.
Penn: Preprofessional emphasis in a city campus. Good sports, moderate workload and fairly balanced lifstyle.
Princeton: Least egalitarian of the Ivy'. Last Ivy to admit women and slowest to change from the prepschool fed historical model. Most sports oriented with gorgeous suburban campus.
Harvard- heavily work-oriented. Perhaps too much so; in a UChicago, Caltech kinda way. Student body united by both their unparalleled abilities and their hatred for school policy.
Yale- One part traditionalist, heavy "privelege" theme. Upper crust, old money. Other part utopian, semi-delusional vain of happiness. Opt for quaint over real.
Princeton- Secluded, collar up, wear your favorite animal on your polo shirt, hierarchal atmosphere. Painfully uppercrust dining options (Nicaraguan maids, locked mansions). Full throttle workload, A's to the strong.
Columbia- New York, in all respects, but with ivy, possibly elitist, seclusion. Student body feels intellectual haven's glue juxtaposed with a city's sink or swim disunity.
Penn- Fratopia. Elements of all other schools with aggresive, try-a-little-too-hard-too-fit-the-work-hard-party-hard-mold, preprofessional gloss.
Dartmouth- Cell phones don't work in the valley. Green, unshakeable otherness to it.
Brown- Sandals, weed, forcefully free. Atypical's embodiment.
Cornell- Large, state school taste. More students, more classes, more winter, more work, more clubs, more miles away from anything, more action, more anger; for the larger-stomached.
One comment from someone who has been back for their 25th reunion and recently again for April Hosting. Princeton is no longer the elitist popped collar place it was. Shirley Tilghman is evolving the university's culture. Stanford is now more popped collar than Princeton. Nor does Princeton feel white any more.
im not sure how they are doing this year or last, but pton has generally been the best at sports
princeton is still known as the premiere school for lax, im pretty sure this year they did well, cornell is not the best, they happened to win this year tho (mens). the women's team has only lost 2 games in the past 4 years
princeton's soccer (female) is the only one of the ivy league to have ever gotten to final four in NCAA (which happened this year)
princeton swimming whips harvard a lot of the time. more or less they are pretty equivalent, but yes harvard comes out on top when it matters
princeton baseball was also upset this year, but usually has had the top baseball team
"In fact, correct me if I'm wrong, no Princeton team has won an ivy league championship this year."
off the top of my head: women's soccer, [edit to add men's indoor track], men's and women's golf, and softball.
some FYI's: princeton has won the ivy league's unofficial all-sports points standings for close to twenty straight years. until a year or two ago, it had a streak of seventeen straight years with at least one national championship team. it has routinely cracked the top 25 of the sears directors cup the last several years, and is still the only non-scholarship school to ever have done so.