“When someone says they got into an Ivy, I’m thinking they got into Cornell, Brown, Penn, Columbia or Dartmouth. When they get into HYP, they just use that name”.
Based on your comment above I wish your DD luck in avoiding the “anonymity” of non HYP ivies. Hopefully she won’t have to settle for those “other” schools.
Columbia I love the pace and access NYC provides as a backdrop for a world class education.
Brown The flexibility of an open curriculum affords me the opportunity to explore academic areas I might not otherwise be able to in a more rigid school, and every kid I share a class with is there because they want to be.
Dartmouth I enjoy a beautiful bucolic setting and the cross over opportunities some of the graduate studies opportunities that are available.
Cornell I enjoy a challenging academic environment and the size of the schools affords me many benefits only available at a large school.
Penn I enjoy an urban setting along with the combination of traditional humanities courses and some Wharton/business specific classes to choose from.
Great and unique school’s all. Never would I think their student bodies to be defined by generalizations. Neither would I ever imagine those in attendance claiming “Ivy League” over specific school loyalty. The vast majority choose the schools in question based on fit not failure to get into HYP.
I once again wish your daughter well and hope her expectations are framed so that anything shy of HYP remains the amazing achievement it truly is assuming it is a school that makes her happy.