There are several things Cornell students would like everyone to know: they are not hypercompetitive, they are not all stressed to the point of suicide, and by no means should they ever be considered the dumbest school in the Ivy League.
Location: Ithaca, NY
Brown University cultivates a reputation for being the most eccentric of the Ivy League schools.
Location: Providence, RI
Students at Northwestern University may begrudge their school's lack of name recognition outside the Midwest, but they aren't disappointed by the stellar academics and beautiful campus on the shore of Lake Michigan that attracted them in the first place.
Location: Evanston, IL
With an endowment the size of some countries’ GDPs and a legacy that reaches into the top levels of American government and business, it’s no surprise that Harvard University continues to tower over the college landscape.
Location: Cambridge, MA
Wesleyan University, along with Amherst and Williams Colleges, is one of the historic "Little Three," a trio of prestigious liberal arts schools in New England.
Location: Middletown, CT
Academics are a top priority for students at this highly-selective New England liberal arts college where everyone knows each other.
Location: Brunswick, ME
New Haven, CT
Yale University boasts the outstanding academic programs, dynamic student body, and classically beautiful campus befitting a member of the Ivy League’s Big Three.
Location: New Haven, CT
Many schools talk about being Ivy equivalents, but Tufts University really does deliver an education on par with some of the best schools in the country.
Location: Medford, MA
Swarthmore College trains very bright, ambitious students to think differently, question their assumptions, and act with what the school calls “ethical intelligence.”
Location: Swarthmore, PA
Princeton University is a school of extremes: the typical student works obsessively, heads several clubs, and treats partying like it’s a required class.
Location: Princeton, NJ
New York, NY
Ask ten students what stands out to them most about NYU, and you might get ten different answers.
Location: New York, NY
Pomona College is a private liberal arts school in Claremont, CA, and it is one of the most selective schools on the West Coast.
Location: Claremont, CA
One of America’s elite colleges, Duke University is a medium-sized school unique for both the rigor of its academic programs and the consistent successes of its athletic programs.
Location: Durham, NC
Washington and Lee is a small school with a distinct personality, blending Southern tradition, preppy mannerisms, devoted Greek-centric partying, and ambitious career-oriented classes into a single college community.
Location: Lexington, VA
Vassar College is one of the more prestigious liberal arts schools on the East Coast. Students are anything but conformist, and although the rigorous academic environment is geared to learning for its own sake, the close-knit alumni network is definitely an advantage post-graduation.
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame’s students are immersed in a number of rich traditions. Between its Catholic roots, fanatic Fighting Irish football fans, and its superior academic reputation, students can’t help but get caught up in one of the most storied universities in the country.
Location: Notre Dame, IN
Santa Barbara, CA
Students come to the University of California – Santa Barbara with many expectations: to be challenged academically, party their socks off, and be surrounded by beautiful scenery, from Pacific Ocean views to fellow co-eds.
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Davidson College is a small, prestigious liberal arts school in North Carolina that’s well-known for its first-rate basketball team and providing its students with free laundry service.
Location: Davidson, NC
While the University of Chicago’s official motto is Crescat scientia; vita excolatur (Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched), some students refer to the school as the place “Where fun goes to die.”
Location: Chicago, IL
Nestled in one of the most beautiful sections of the northeast, Middlebury College is an environmentally-conscious liberal arts school with a rich history.
Location: Middlebury, VT