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"Americas Top 10 Prestigious Schools", Stanford, Princeton On top

deter1deter1 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
edited May 2012 in Princeton University
A ranking from "Insiders College"

"Americas Top 10 Prestigious Schools"

The top 10 prestigious schools listed here admit only top-of-the-line students, the cream of the academic crop. Here's what to expect if you're smart enough - and have enough tuition money.

1. Stanford University
Stanford California

Phone 650-723-2091
Stanford University

There are a half-dozen universities in the United States with de facto Ivy League status. Though not actually members of the vaunted Ivy League, these schools are recognized as equal in stature to Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, and other Ivies. without question, Stanford University is among this elite group.

2. Princeton University
Princeton NJ

Phone 609-258-3060
Princeton University - Welcome

Princeton University is arguably the most undergraduate-friendly member of the Ivy League. Other institutions at a similar level of prestige often promote their powerful professional schools in business, law, and/or medicine.

3. Cooper Union
New York NY.

Phone 212-353-4120
Welcome to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Every student at the "prestigious" Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art receives a full-tuition scholarship. The only catch is that students may only major in art, architecture, or engineering.

4. Harvard College
Cambridge MA

Phone 617-495-1551
Harvard University | Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)

Harvard College's "academic reputation" precedes it. Home to a distinguished faculty and phenomenal world-class research facilities, Students lucky and talented enough to gain admission has the opportunity to pursue virtually any academic interest under the tutelage of some of the finest minds ever.

5. Yale University
New Haven CT

Phone 203-432-9300
Yale University

Yale "is truly one of America's great schools," writes one college counselor. It's an assertion that's hard to debate. As a major national research center, Yale attracts many of the world's great scholars. But unlike other research institutes, Yale also devotes a lot of attention to undergraduates.

6. United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy CO.


"It's not at every college that you can learn how to fight, eat, and fly all on top of academics," but that's the United States Air Force Academy in a nutshell. Every student here receives a full scholarship that includes tuition, room and board, health care, and a monthly living allowance. Cadets also enjoy leadership training that "is second to none.

7. United States Military Academy
West Point, NY.

Phone 845-938-4041
United States Military Academy at West Point

"West Point is unique in many ways: a military institution, a first-class university, and a national landmark all rolled into one," explains one cadet. "Our motto is ' duty, honor, country,' and sometimes duty looms much larger than the rest. Life is hard here, but its difficulty makes it fulfilling." The West Point approach--to cram as much activity into one day as humanly possible--is "very tough."

8. United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD

Phone 410-293-4361
United States Naval Academy - Home Page

The U.S. Naval Academy offers a great education at a great price - it's free. Midshipmen have one of the "toughest academic programs around," yet the "outstanding" professors are "always willing and ready to help in every way possible." Classes are small and does full-time military and civilian faculty
teach members.

9. Brown University
Providence, RI

Phone 401-863-2378
Brown University

Brown’s famous “open curriculum,” which has no requirements outside of one’s major, Is “more rewarding for those students who know exactly what they wish to pursue academically.” Those lacking the “incredible maturity” it takes “to balance all your courses and choose the right ones” can languish if they’re used to rigid structure. The university, however, prides itself on “helping under grads achieve their utmost potential.”

10. Columbia University
New York, NY

Phone 212-854-2522
Home | Columbia College

Columbia University holds one major trump card in its battle against Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, and the other members of the Ivy League: location. Students agree that, among CU's many assets, New York City is tops.
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Replies to: "Americas Top 10 Prestigious Schools", Stanford, Princeton On top

  • CaptainHappyCaptainHappy - Posts: 5 New Member
    I'm extremely suspicious of a ranking of academic selectivity that includes the academies. They are incredible schools, very honorable, no doubt - but they're military training schools first, and I guarantee they're not as selective as the other schools on that list.

    The same largely goes for Cooper Union. I can think of a ton of colleges they should have put on there but didn't - how about Caltech and MIT?

    It's nice Princeton's up there, but it looks like a dumb ranking system.
  • deter1deter1 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    This is not specifically a ranking of "academic selectivity", but instead, overall school prestige. Moreover, there can be little doubt that graduates of the academies are highly respected by the public.
    Selectivity is something that can be easily manipulated. Heavy marketing produces many applications and some schools are very good it (marketing). Prestige on the other hand, is something that is cultivated.
  • llpitchllpitch Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    Students lucky and talented enough to gain admission has the opportunity to pursue virtually any academic interest under the tutelage of some of the finest minds ever.

  • CaptainHappyCaptainHappy - Posts: 5 New Member
    deter1, that's true, but they state in their opening line that one of the common characteristics of the schools is that they only admit the cream of the academic crop. That is, by definition, not true of the academies. Moreover, not having Caltech and MIT on such a ranking is outrageous. This ranking is a joke.
  • ColdWindColdWind - Posts: 1,598 Senior Member
    Assuming that the Top 10 Prestigious Schools is from the layperson's perspective:

    Penn's Wharton School
    Georgetown's School of Foreign Service
    Notre Dame
    USMA-West Point
    USAFA-Colorado Springs

    The above 11 schools are probably highly prestigious in the eyes of the average person. I doubt that a large cross section of the American public has even a faint idea concerning Brown or Cooper Union. Next in line might be UCLA, Cornell, Northwestern, Michigan, USC and a tie between Penn & Penn State.
  • jamesfordjamesford Registered User Posts: 3,447 Senior Member
    ^ Well I doubt most of the American public has heard of Georgetown's Foreign Service School or Penn's Wharton. And why would people know about Cornell and not Brown? Lastly, how could you even think about putting Penn and Penn State in the same category of prestige?
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    Your layman will not have heard of either Wharton or SFS. Georgetown College of Arts and Science, yes.
  • deter1deter1 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Let's not confuse popularity with academic prestige. Like selectivity, popularity can be manipulated as well. Again, heavy marketing, a top sports program, etc., etc. will do wonders in a popularity contest but will not carry the day in a discussion of academic prestige.
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Registered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    I never understand why people care so much what the "average" person thinks. The benefit of going to a HYPS, Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn, etc is that people that MATTER know how amazing they are.
  • valentinocuevasvalentinocuevas Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    why are the military school prestigious?
    i def. don't think of them in that way
  • Ernie H.Ernie H. Registered User Posts: 1,224 Senior Member
    any "prestige" ranking that doesn't have Harvard on top is BS. Princeton vs. Yale vs. Stanford is debatable.
  • deter1deter1 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Ernie, not only does "Insiders College" disagree with you, but apparently the NATION'S ADULT POPULATION disagrees with you! In a PR survey this year of many thousands of parents, Princeton was chosen as the nation's #1 "Dream School".

    Let's not confuse popularity, often driven by heavy marketing and hype, with prestige.

    PS. Princeton prestige got yet another pop this morning with the announcemet that its economics professor, Paul Krugman, is being awarded the Nobel Prize.
  • screwitlahscrewitlah Registered User Posts: 1,980 Senior Member
    ^^ i don't see how one additional nobel prize makes much of a difference in the long run. princeton is a long way from replacing harvard as THE dream school.
  • deter1deter1 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Among ADULTS Princeton IS the nation's "dream school". That is a fact.

    The "Dream School" ranking was developed by and is exclusive to PR. In the 2008 edition of that ranking, parents (the adult version of the ranking, as opposed to that which measured high schoolers) picked Princeton. Your personal opinion certainly counts, but when looking at the opinion of many thousands of adults, PR came to a different conclusion.
  • screwitlahscrewitlah Registered User Posts: 1,980 Senior Member
    I don't know how you could call the result of one ranking "fact".

    and your entire post history has been an extremely long, unabashed kissassing of Princeton. who are you exactly?
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