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Ivy League Stereotypes


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  • BuBBLES FoR SALEBuBBLES FoR SALE Registered User Posts: 2,164 Senior Member
    In a few words

    Harvard: "We're the best!"
    Yale: "We are better than Harvard!"
    Pton: "We're a class above Harvard and Yale"
    Penn: "At least we're not Penn State"
    Cornell: "We are not a state school either"
    Columbia: "Don't forget about us."

    Meanwhile Dart students are partying too hard to care, and Brown students are too quirky to care.
  • GreybeardGreybeard Registered User Posts: 2,355 Senior Member
    This reminds me of trying to categorize people based on their "sun signs."

    I formed my own prejudicial views the old fashioned way: from considering the lyrics to fraternity drinking songs:

    "Harvard's run by Vassar, Vassar's run by Yale.
    Yale's run by Wellesley, Wellesley's run by tail.
    Princeton's for the pretty boys and drunkards go to Penn,
    But far above Cayuga's a race of hairy men.

    "Oh we are the race of hairy chested men, hairy chested men, hairy chested men.
    Oh we are the race of hairy chested men, and we are from Cornell.
    We are from Cornell, we are from Cornell (Cornell!)
    Oh we are the race of hairy chested men and we are from Cornell.

    "Don't send my son to Harvard, the dying mother said.
    Don't send my son to Yale, I'd rather see him dead.
    Send him off to Darmouth, or better yet, Cornell.
    And as for Pennsylvan-i-a, I'll see him first in hell!

    "To hell, to hell with Pennsylvania,
    To hell, to hell with Pennsylvania.
    To hell, to hell with Pennsylvania.
    To hell with U of P; P-U!"
  • melisanddremelisanddre Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    edited July 2014
    I couldn't resist replying to this! I go to school right outside of Philadelphia - very competitive - and it is a constant game to see who will get into what school.

    Cornell - the Ivy League for kids who can't get in to any other Ivy Leagues. Great engineering, but it's in Ithaca, which is like, a major downside.

    Dartmouth - rowdy frat boys, conservative, in the middle of nowhere

    Harvard - super nerds, predominantly Asians, foreigners, prodigies

    Brown - hipster liberal arts students, smoking pot and studying something like 'Classical Mythology'

    Princeton - preppy rich kids, all legacies, tries to seem open but extremely hard to get in to.

    Columbia - dressed in black, smoking in shady coffee shops, attending Shakespeare in the Park, etc.

    UPenn - killer business school, unfortunately in Philadelphia haha, another 'easy' Ivy

    Yale - snotty ****, apparently. In New Haven, which is worse than Ithaca and Philadelphia combined
  • Ranza123Ranza123 Registered User Posts: 1,345 Senior Member
    People always say Cornell is notorious for suicides. However, that is not true in the slightest and it is very frustrating for me to keep reading it. I volunteer for Ithaca's suicide prevention and crisis services and I can tell you that Cornell is one of the safest places to go. The rates are no higher than anywhere else (and may even be lower). Suicide rates only seem higher because the few suicides here are often done in very dramatic ways, such as jumping off gorges and bridges, and are therefore made more public. Many of these suicides are not even Cornell students but rather ithaca residents. In recent years, nets have been installed under the bridges and the Crisisline number is posted around sites where people have died by suicide in the past. So please pay no heed to that stereotype as it is not accurate.
  • aweissaweiss Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Informal opinions:

    Princeton: their mascot is a pussy.

    Harvard: everyone is boring and homogeneous, undoubtedly a great institution though.

    Yale: closet-homosexuals and coke addicts

    University of Pennsylvania: leaving this blank because I don't wanna be biased

    Brown: hippies

    Dartmouth: hicks

    Columbia: Not sure.

    Cornell: Looked down upon like the ivy league's retarded cousin.

  • FindmoreinfoFindmoreinfo Registered User Posts: 253 Junior Member
    edited December 2014
    @aweiss, Really? You must be an old old guy. Check for recent information!

    Internationally: (the real web traffics of US universities)

    Berkeley (yep, the image of the 70's the world remember...and it is always on TV and movies)
    The rest of the ivies...

    American Society for Engineering Education:


    Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth didn't provide data.

  • monydadmonydad Registered User Posts: 7,765 Senior Member
    "@aweiss, Really? You must be an old old guy"
    Nope, if an old guy used that description it would have been for Penn.
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