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List Characteristics of each ivy

jekyllnhyde20jekyllnhyde20 Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
edited May 2005 in Princeton University
I think it's as clear and succinct as humanly possible. Self explanitory.
Post edited by jekyllnhyde20 on

Replies to: List Characteristics of each ivy

  • EncomiumIIEncomiumII Registered User Posts: 1,856 Senior Member
    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
  • legendofmaxlegendofmax Registered User Posts: 4,737 Senior Member
    Heh well put Enco
  • shermanbus83shermanbus83 Registered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    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.
  • wwffwwff Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Princeton, sports-oriented??
  • meamea Registered User Posts: 1,092 Senior Member
    Yale - strong community service culture
    Princeton - academically, the thesis is a pretty defining characteristic.
  • darmanidarmani Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    Some untouched aspects:

    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.

    All opinions of a biased Columbian.
  • zantedeschiazantedeschia Registered User Posts: 7,841 Senior Member
    lol at least you're honest about being biased :p

    and your location is funny...unfortunately I'm the other way around
    new york (yay) --> new jersey (ughh)
  • shrek2004shrek2004 Registered User Posts: 3,460 Senior Member
    yes princeton has the best sports of the ivy league, including lax, soccer, crew, basketball, and swim.

    it has been ranked by sports illustrated and pton review as a top 10 "jock school" in the nation for a number of years.
  • AceRockollaAceRockolla Registered User Posts: 672 Member
    yes princeton has the best sports of the ivy league, including lax, soccer, crew, basketball, and swim.

    Cornell has the best lacrosse team in the ivies.
    Dartmouth has the best soccer team.
    Harvard has the best crew team.
    UPenn has the best basketball team.
    Harvard has the best swimming team.

    In fact, correct me if I'm wrong, no Princeton team has won an ivy league championship this year.
  • crimsonbulldogcrimsonbulldog Registered User Posts: 885 Member
    true, princeton athletics have been tanking recently.
  • AlumotherAlumother Registered User Posts: 6,233 Senior Member
    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.
  • nopoisonivynopoisonivy Registered User Posts: 638 Member
    Alumother....I certainly agree with your assessment of Princeton's diversity. We were pleasently surprised by the kids in Richardson Auditorium on....Tiger Night
  • shrek2004shrek2004 Registered User Posts: 3,460 Senior Member
    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
  • f.scottief.scottie Registered User Posts: 1,590 Senior Member
    "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.

  • P05P05 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Just to fill out what others have said...every single year for the last 10-15 some odd years, Princeton has won the most Ivy League championships each of those years. Chris Lincoln's recent book "Playing the Game: Inside Athletic Recruiting in the Ivy League" states "the institution (Princeton) has attracted the best and the brightest applicants from every economic background, and, not surprisingly, it has also dominated Ivy sports through the past decade, winning more Ivy championships than any other. Princeton has emerged as the New York Yankees of Ivy League athletics in the hunt for titles every year" (page 116). In fact, I saw a statistic that Princeton has won roughly 35-40 Ivy League titles in the last 4 years, and the next closest school (I believe Cornell, but I could be wrong) comes in around 20-22 titles.

    This year has certainly been an aberation, and I hope that Janet Rapelye doesn't have anything to do with it. Dean Fred (the previous dean) was known to be a strong supporter of Princeton athletics and certainly looked favorably upon athletes in the admission process.

    As far as Princeton lacrosse, up until this year's loss to Cornell, Princeton mens lacrosse won 10 consecutive Ivy titles (the longest streak of Ivy titles in the history of the conference, altho Princeton field hockey may be close) and amassed 6 NCAA Division 1 championship titles in that decade. Women's lacrosse won the 2002 and 2003 D1 national chamionship and god knows how many Ivy League titles...this year's senior class graduates with an Ivy record of 26-2 in four years.

    PS Anyone interested in Ivy League athletics should check out the official website:

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