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Cornell is now what you can call a “Public Ivy”?


Replies to: Cornell is now what you can call a “Public Ivy”?

  • Nocreativity1Nocreativity1 Registered User Posts: 1,070 Senior Member
    edited May 1
    @dadof4kids "I feel like the point of this thread is that parents/students/alumni (but probably mostly parents) of non HYP Ivies can put their school above Cornell. The term Public Ivy is being misused to imply that Cornell is inferior to the others."

    As a parent of a non HYP Ivy student Cornell is in my mind every bit as rigorous, elite and praise worthy as my kids school. So are Duke, Chicago, Gtown, Vandy, UCB, UVA, etc (hardly an all inclusive list).

    All of these schools have unique characteristics, areas of focus and geographic differences. They share however the ability to provide a student with a great education.

    I hate terms like public Ivy because it sucggests a need for comparison. My son or his friends never respond to the question of where do you go to school with "one of the Ivy League school's". Instead they take pride in the individuality of the school they attend. Parents could learn a bit from our kids example.
  • Baddog11710Baddog11710 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Cornell Engineering has between a 6% and 7% acceptance rate for men, about twice that for the ladies . In many ways the Cornell engineering program is rated the best in the IVY. They have great programs to help the 1st year engineering students get involved in projects and with the difficult classes. It is not like MIT which is sink or swim.

    It is easier to get into Cornell liberal arts programs then all the other IVY. But if you worked that hard to get to that level you want to find a major/program that is going to lead to better career goals. I was at a tour of Yale last August and the tour guide was a Political Science grad who had not found a job in 3 months and was getting desperate. A liberal arts degree does not do what it once did in the job market even from Yale.
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