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New Years Day, 2005

* The Top IVY (and other Big Name) schools *

This is a ranking of the top IVY League schools, along with several other highly regarded institutions by StudentsReview.  All of these schools have HUGE reputations that make them highly sought after nationally and internationally, and attract extremely ambitious students & families. 

The Top IVY ranking is biased heavily towards Educational Quality and Innovation, to separate which of the Ivies is actually providing an added value besides their reputation.  There is also a strong emphasis on extracurriculars, as many of the students attending these schools are extremely skilled in a diverse set of activities.

We also included a “(Rep)utation” column to show the relative reputation strengths, in addition to the Top IVY score.

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About this College Ranking

Who are the people that go to Ivy League schools?
   They are ambitious, under pressure, intelligent, innovative, and well rounded - accomplished in many things. 
   They would be able to succeed on their own - without the IVY education.

An Ivy league school should:
   Provide the tools to & education to go even further. 
   Experience that sets them apart.

An prospective Ivy student should look for:
   Educational quality as the most important
   Maximizing their opportunities, innovation
   Forming Networks
   Keeping their skills & talents from high school. 
   Learning from already accomplished faculty members

What is less important?
   Funding Use - reputations are already sizeable & facilities are (presumably) good. 
   Academic Success on understanding less important, size of name carries beyond grades. 
   Student Body is already (presumably) very talented and ambitious at these schools.

StudentsReview's Criteria for the Top IVY is:

30% - Educational Quality
30% - Creativity/Innovation
10% - Challenge
10% - Extracurriculars
10% - Social
6% - Would Return
4% - Faculty Accessibility

Educational Quality 
Educational Quality accumulates many factors — the effectiveness of the coursework, professors' effort levels, opportunities outside the classroom, how will the information “sticks”, the organization of the courses, how confident the students feel with the material after the courses.

Innovation is the conversion of educational knowledge into new opportunities, and new ways of doing things.  Pure education can become outdated, but teaching a student how and encouraging their creativity and innovation will provide them with returns for the rest of their lives.

To force students to grow, to achieve potentials beyond what they originally considered, the coursework must be CHALLENGING.  With a highly intelligent student body, this becomes even more important.

Social & Extracurriculars 
Social & Extracuriculars mean something different than at your regular school - Social represents “networking” power and relationship forming with other ambitious people in addition to stress relief for high stress environments. 
Students are also accomplished in other aspects outside of school (Extracurriculars), and need opportunities for growth and learning in non-academic dimensions.

Would Return 
All things stated, would the students choose to return?  This blanket captures things that all of our ratings did not, or could not capture.  Is there some unknown factor affecting why students would not return?

Faculty Accessibility 
To gain access to a wealth of real-world or research experience, and find opportunities, or just to understand some fundamental principle, the faculty must be accessible.

The schools chosen to appear in the Top IVY and other Big Name rankings were the schools in the IVY League, and those non-ivy league schools MOST SEARCHED for WITH Ivy League Schools by prospective students.  We took 3 prototypical Ivy Schools: Harvard, Princeton, and Yale University, and analyzed their top 20 similar by those searching for them.  Those Non-Ivy schools appearing in all the Top 10 of those 3 Ivies' searches were included in this ranking.  They were:
Duke University

IVY Distribution Matching
For the IVY data, a distribution of students more closely matching the IVY school distribution was computed and used for ranking.

Filtering and Analysis
To find out how the data analysis was performed for the 2005 New Years Day OFFICIAL Rankings, including filtering, invalidity, weighting, distribution matching, and inherent biases, please go to 2005 NYD Rankings Explained. 


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