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
An Ivy league school should:
Provide the tools
to & education to go even further.
sets them apart.
An prospective Ivy student should look for:
Educational quality as the most important
Keeping their skills &
talents from high school.
Learning from already accomplished faculty
What is less important?
Funding Use - reputations
are already sizeable & facilities are (presumably) good.
Success on understanding less important, size of name carries beyond
Student Body is already (presumably) very talented and
ambitious at these schools.
StudentsReview's Criteria for the Top IVY
30% - Educational Quality
30% - Creativity/Innovation
10% - Challenge
10% - Extracurriculars
6% - Would Return
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
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 Pure education can become outdated, but teaching a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
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.
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?
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:
IVY Distribution Matching
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.