3 random unrelated points.
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. HYP doesn’t need to get involved, because the perception is already there that all 5 others are inferior to them. This reminds me of middle school. The meanest kids in the popular group are usually the ones with the lowest status. They feel the need to put down each other to maintain or improve their position in the pecking order.
I personally know a kid this cycle who choose Cornell over Stanford and Brown. Prestige isn’t everything, and he just felt a better fit at Cornell.
Son was recruited by a coach at a NESCAC school that mentioned getting an Ivy League education from their school. He said this in pretty much every email and letter. Not Ivy equivalent, he called it an Ivy League education. This is from a school that probably does give an equivalent education. Maybe saying it that way impressed some kids or parents. But actually calling it Ivy League and not making that distinction really turned me off.