Add to the Ivy League list

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  1. 63dot macrumors 603

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    in my neck of the woods, stanford has been called a western ivy and berkeley a public ivy

    on these two lists i have seen something like this...

    Western Ivy League:

    Stanford
    USC
    and sometimes Cal Tech

    Public Ivy League:

    Cal
    Michigan
    Virginia

    ...so i am curious, would you add to the list for these two categories? and if so, who and why? and how would you rank them?
     
  2. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Dunno, but would add the Ivies are as much reputation as they are anything. Schools are about the people in them at the moment, even if their name "gets you in the door."

    For example, if I wanted to study contemporary American poetry, I'd go to an Ivy, curl up, and die (except maybe Penn). Or, I'd go to a school like the University of Maine or Wayne State or UCSD and have my life changed for the better.

    That said, the woman did her DVM at Cornell (top ranked in Vet. Medicine) and got just about the best education she could've gotten. But that, then, is about people again. Though I 'spose the freaking capital and infrastructure at Cornell didn't hurt, either.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, I tend to agree... beyond being a conference (in the same sense as the Big 10) I think the Ivy League thing is just a pissing rights sort of thing. LOL at Michigan, there are bumper stickers that say "Harvard, the Michigan of the East." :D

    But with any of those schools on that list... it really depends on what you want to do. What distinguishes *some* of the Ivy schools, and also many of the schools on your "add to" list, is that if you roll the dice and randomly select a field they teach, the odds are that they are very good at it. Like most of those schools simultaneously maintain prestige in the large fields like engineering, medicine, law, business, psychology, and so on, while still having excellence in many smaller fields.

    But then when you get to the level of, "I want to do xxx, and I want to go to the best place in the world for that" it doesn't always work that way. As thedude pointed out, you will often find immense expertise in a small field at a much more minor school. That school won't be excellent at everything in the way Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal, and Michigan are. But they may well be better than any of them at *that* thing.
     
  4. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    i know for a state school for agriculture in california, cal poly state university slo is very well regarded

    and for 3-D art, uc davis is tops

    cal state northridge has a renowned english dept.

    uc hastings in san francisco is only there as a law school, but have been considered the harvard law school of the west and did have rights to that designation since it was a conduit for retired and relocated harvard law school professors (other great law schools in the west have been built since then but hastings has a mystique to it the same way harvard law school does in the east that can never be taken away, no matter what the us news and world report or time mag. ranking says in any given year)

    these small or specialized schools can't compete on many subjects like the better funded berkeley, stanford, and ucla so they pick and choose where they want to have a national or even international reputation
     
  5. adk macrumors 68000

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    There is no Western Ivy League or Public Ivy League. The Ivy League is an athletic conference, nothing else.







    Well, to some extent the IVY league is a social club for elitist blue-blood kids who have never worked a day in their lives. (Not criticizing the ivies, and many of their students are great kids, but unfortunately many of them aren't as well)
     
  6. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    Yeaaaa I go to Penn Law; /i went to Duke undergrad, which I suppose provides me with the Southern "ivy" to add to the list. I would remove usc from that list, no one callas it part of the non-ivy ivys, while cal tech is a great institution and should be with stanford.
     
  7. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

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    That's rich, have you attended WSU?
     
  8. shecky Guest

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    ivy league schools are not necessarily indicative of the best programs depending on your major. i am only looking at one Ivy school for grad school (Yale) because it is one of the top, but not the best program in the country for what i do (graphic design.), and it is actually one of my lower choices. calling something an "ivy" automatically connotes "the best" for the entire school to most people when it reality it is not.
     
  9. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Nope.

    But would go there just for the chance to study with Barrett Watten.
     
  10. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    I like the Ivy's because their campuses make me feel like I am in Europe again. Nice old buildings, lots of trees, generally cold winters.... :) go PENN!
     
  11. jamesi macrumors 6502a

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    if you do your homework you'll realize that usc really isnt that good. its a private school, yes, but the only really stellar program they offer is limited to the music industry. which, as a snotty academic, i find it hard to really give much credit to that. the ivy leagues are on the east coast and the only school that can compare to that set is stanford. berkeley is amazing, but its a public school and all about the diversity most of the ivy leagues lack
     
  12. shecky Guest

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    i think you might be forgetting about the USC Film School
     
  13. jamesi macrumors 6502a

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    yes your right, im sorry i just sorta group all of that artsy stuff in my head in one of the same and shoulda given the respect where its due. even so, im still partial to the traditional academics but thats not really the discussion here
     
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    What is the particular program? *asks the person going to a tiny little Div-III state school with one of the best music ed. programs on the coast.*

    Also, Graduate music students at Yale have free tuition.
     
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    i assume i am misunderstanding you somehow, because i do not understand the point of these comments; by your logic only "traditional academic" programs can be good? the best art program in the world is bad and not worthy of any credit because it is not a program in traditional academics? that an incredibly ignorant point of view to have.

    but not the design students. ::: sighs :::
     
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    I went to the Harvard of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Forget the fact that it's also the only uni in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It's still a decent uni and I enjoyed it very much.
     
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    When you're the only game in town, you get to call yourself the Harvard if you want to. :)
     
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    I'm the Harvard of your sister's pants.

    OH SNAP!
     
  20. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    School reputation is really funny sometimes. I went to Purdue and Penn State (two excellent horticulture schools). I find the further away from the school you go, the greater the reputation is. Of course I mention Penn State and everyone here in Indiana wants to talk football and Joe Pa!
     
  21. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    it's interesting seeing how others view northern california schools who live in other areas

    i suspected that people, like one poster above, whether they live here or not would say that only stanford (in the west) matches up to the ivy league...they do have a top rated medical school, law school, and mba school so having high marks in all three of those, plus a great hospital to boot, puts stanford up there with the eastern ivies

    yes, the ivy league of the east coast...harvard, yale, columbia, princeton, cornell, dartmouth, brown, and the university of pennsylvania...were originally just an athletic league, but by almost anyone's book, all those schools are top tier and i can't think of any college sports league that has the same big academic names of all of its sports team schools

    a couple people mentioned usc not being, let's say, as good as the ivies...well, besides their great film school, they do have a great dental school, and when i was considering an mba program back in the early to mid 90s, the gourman report, which holds the highest standards for academic rankings, put their program at third best in california, just behind stanford and anderson (ucla)...so that isn't shabby at all

    i do think, program for program, ucla is a better, if not broader school than usc, but if i got a free ride to either law school (i am returning to school via my employer for jd degree), i would take usc over ucla any day even though ucla is usually one or two spots above usc on any law school list rankings of law schools i have seen in california (but usc is always in the top five in california from what i have seen for law, but never number one but i don't think that ever hurt a usc law alum :) )

    i do think usc has a snobbish attitude in california that many here don't like and it has led a lot of academic liberals to attack the school academically...and whether it's deserved or not, this blue state of california is not so friendly to a school which is known to cater to rich orange county kids (OC) whose parents are one of the richest bases for the gop in this country

    i am a liberal and i went to a couple of schools known for their conservative bent, and while i sometimes felt uncomfortable at times, i cherish my education

    so here's my list of western ives (in no order) if i had to pick eight as in the ivies back east

    Stanford
    USC
    Cal Tech
    Claremont
    UOP
    Thunderbird (specialized mostly in business administration)
    St. Mary's (collectively)
    Pepperdine

    ...and here is my perception of public ivies, again in no order

    Univ. of Washington
    Univ. of Virginia
    Cal
    UCLA
    UC Davis
    Univ. of Michigan
    Indiana University
    Rutgers, State Univ. of New Jersey

    since this thread started as schools around a public ivy (cal) and western ivy (stanford), other regions, which i have never looked at for myself, are perceptions i have less researched by what i sometimes hear...so here's a southern list, and midwestern list of eight each

    southern usa...

    Duke
    Emory
    NC State
    North Carolina
    Univ. of Georgia
    Univ. of Florida
    Virginia (again)
    Texas (Austin)

    midwest...

    Michigan (again)
    IU (again)
    Northwestern
    Notre Dame
    Air Force Academy (specialized with no grad school)
    Univ. of Chicago
    Univ. of Illinois
    Univ. of Ohio

    and which of these schools did i attend?

    none of them :) ... and no, i never had the combined high school grade point average and SAT to qualify for any of them, either (from the short list of great west coast schools)

    and one more thing, if i had to pick eight schools from each category as to who had the best sports programs, the names would change :) ... go coach tarkanian, YEAH
     
  22. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    :D No, doy!
     
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    There is no Univ. of Ohio, there is Ohio University, and The Ohio State University
     
  24. fuzzwud macrumors regular

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    I'm in the process of applying to grad school right now. This is probably taking the "ivy" name a little too far even though I respect many of the schools that's on your list. Some of the schools I've heard as being like an "ivy" such as Rice, Duke, Vanderbilt. UT Austin is a great school but it's not an ivy. Actually I don't think public schools are supposed to be considered "like an ivy." I'm not from the west coast so it's really odd to be labeling any school "like an ivy" except for Stanford. But look closely at what specific programs you want to apply to and the pros and cons. Here's my list of 8 factors, which are not all equal and varies with person (more for bschool):

    1) Career Service
    2) Network
    3) Learning environment
    4) Faculty
    5) Tuition
    6) Primary Major
    7) Secondary Major or Minor
    8) Reputation

    On a side note, I've applied for 3 schools already. If I can decide whether I should drop NYU for marketing or entrepreneurship. I'm quite tired of writing essays. Or should I replace it with UC Berkley, MIT, or another school???

    Good luck!
     
  25. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Duke = Havard of the South

    I really wouldn't put NC State and U of F in any list that had "ivy" in it unless you were talking about horticulture.
     

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