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Cornell Guide

Cornell University

Est. 1865

“I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” -Ezra Cornell, 1868

Location: Ithaca, New York

Tuition: $52, 853 (NY state resident $35,483), Housing $8,564, Dining $5,766

Schools: Agriculture & Life Sciences, Architecture, Arts & Sciences, SC Johnson College of Business, Hotel, Dyson, Engineering, Human Ecology, Labor Relations, (Total 14)

14,315 Undergraduate Population, 2015

Ranking: #19th World University Rankings, # 9th US Colleges Ranking (Times Higher Education), # 16th QS World University # 2 QS WU Subject Veterinary Science

Acceptance Rate: 14%

Student Review: Do not hold the fact that Cornell is found in Ithaca, New York against it. This campus overlooks the beautiful Cayuga Lake as seen below and has six building on the National Register of Historic Places paired with a 2,800 acre botanical garden. To say this campus is scenic is to actually sell it short.

The Stunning Fall Cornell Campus


Overall Cornell is not in an urban hub which draws many students interest. However if one is looking for a secluded campus filled with history, and character than Cornell is certainly head and shoulders above most of the competition.

Which Hogwarts house is Cornell like?



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UPenn Guide

University of Pennsylvania

Est. 1740

Motto: Leges sine moribus vanae (Laws without morals are useless)

Location: University City, (West) Philadelphia

Acceptance Rate: 9%

Tuition:  $47,416

Schools: 12 schools: Arts & Sciences, Communication, Dental Medicine, Design, Engineering & Applied Science, Education, Law School, Nursing, Medicine, Social Policy, Veterinary Medicine, Wharton Business School.

6:1 Student to faculty ratio

Rank: #13th World University  ’17, # 4th US College rankings (Source: Times Higher Education)

Freshman: Admits 2,491

SAT guide

  • SAT Reading component: 690 to 790, with a median of 740
  • SAT Math component: 710 to 800, with a median of 760
  • SAT Writing component: 700 to 790, with a median of 750

Ben Franklin StatueBen Franklin On Penn’s Campus.

Student review:

Although it is in the heart of a major metropolitan city this campus is in the bottom half of all the Ivy League schools for a few different reasons. First, the fact that it is in the heart of a city makes it feel congested and difficult to navigate at times. Second, the student dorms with massive satellites at the top are not exactly the most luxurious. Third, this university neighbors one of the most crime ridden neighborhoods in all of the country, West Philadelphia.

In West Philadelphia born and raised on the playground at Penn is where I spent most of my days!

I hope so because if you go anywhere else West of the University you are venturing into no man’s land, and because of its proximity Penn is in fact the most crime ridden campus in all of Philadelphia according to Billy Penn. However the proximity to the heart of Philadelphia certainly is a major pro with party ready undergraduates looking to experience a major city’s nightlife.

Overall Penn’s location is both a positive and a negative, which ultimately demotes its campus to the bottom half of the whole Ivy League.

Which Hogwarts House is Penn most like?




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Dartmouth Guide

 Dartmouth College

Est. 1769

Motto: Vox clamantis in deserto (“a voice crying out in the wilderness”)

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

Tuition:Undergraduate: tuition $49,998; room, board, and mandatory fees $16,176; total $66,174

About 44 percent of undergraduates receive aid from Dartmouth

Schools: Medicine , Tuck Business, Thayer School of Engineering, Graduate, Arts & Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Social Sciences, & Sciences

4,300 Undergraduate students

Admittance: 10.5%

Rank: #=82nd World University Rankings, #16 US Colleges Rankings (Times Higher Edu)

Student Review: The architecture providing structure for most buildings on campus is classified as Georgian. A noted feature of this campus is the greenery stemming from the beautiful landscape made up of a scope of trees that provide a background justifying the nickname for Dartmouth as the “The Green”. By happenstance the university also has a large area officially named “The green”. “The green” is the epicenter of the campus providing a common area where students enjoy festivities ranging from bonfires to Christmas trees to concerts.

The Green Dartmouth
The Green Dartmouth

Overall Dartmouth is a pristine piece of property in the middle of New Hampshire. However their setting being in New Hampshire limits the students’ ability to ingratiate themselves in an urban area such as high ranked schools like Penn or Harvard. Additionally the campus, although beautiful, is just not as majestic, large, or historical as Cornell or Princeton.

Which Hogwarts house is Dartmouth most like?



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Brown University Guide

Brown University

Est. 1764

Location: Providence, Rhode Island.

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island.  By train or car, we are about 1 hour south of Boston, MA and about 3 hours north of New York, NY.

Tuition: $50,224 (+ Fees $1,142),  Room & Board $13,200

Ranking: #=51st World University Rankings, # 20th US College Rankings (Times Higher Edu), #=49th QS World University

Schools: Biology & Medicine, Engineering, Public Health, Professional Studies, Graduate, Social Sciences.

6,200 Undergraduate population

Admittance:  9% 

Student Review:  Brown University is found in Providence, Rhode Island. Not the worst city in America, but it is not exactly a major urban hub that would be ideal for a school to be located in.Plus this god awful piece of strange artwork plagues the campus only further perpetuating the notion to the fact that they are the hippies of the Ivy League.brown

In fact, the only reason many of its students have ever been to Providence is because that is where the school is located. The school is the draw, not the location. That is why many who have a choice of Ivy League schools will not go to Brown.

You can go to Ivy League schools in major cities like New York Philadelphia, or Boston, or go to ones with excellent scenic views such as Princeton or Cornell. Overall Brown University just does not have enough in terms of majestic scenery, urban appeal, or historic tradition to make it stand out in comparison with other Ivy League campuses.

Which Hogwarts house is Brown most like?




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Yale Guide

Yale University

Est. 1701

Location: New Haven, Connecticut (90 minutes from New York)

Schools: Yale College, Arts & Sciences, Architecture, Art, Divinity, Drama, Engineering & Applied Science, Forestry & Environmental Science, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Nursing, & Public Health


5,453 Undergraduate students

Test score ranges (25th to 75th percentiles) for enrolled freshmen:

  • SAT-Verbal: 720-800
  • SAT-Math: 710-800
  • SAT-Writing: 710-790
  • ACT: 31-35

Tuition: $49,480, plus room & board $15,170

64% of students receive financial aid.

Rank: #12th World University Rankings, # 5th US College Rankings  (Times Higher Edu)

Admitted Rate: 6.7% (2015)


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Student Review:

Yale is plagued by the fact that it is in New Haven, Connecticut. Much like Brown being in Providence, this is not an ideal landing spot for any youthful Ivy Leaguer looking to experience the big city, or a beautiful scenic view beyond campus. However the Gothic architecture has allowed for many to tout this school for having some of the most beautiful buildings of any campus nationwide.

If you do not think so, take a look at Connecticut Hall which was actually built with a Georgian Style:
Yale’s campus is beautiful on the inside, but unfortunately the location downgrades Yale underneath its many of its competitors.

Which Hogwarts House is Yale most like? 


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Princeton Guide

Princeton University 

Established in 1746

Location: Princeton, New Jersey.

98 percent of undergraduate students living on campus.

Cost: 2017-18,

  • Tuition $47,500
  • Room & Board $15,495
  • Total cost $ 66, 645

Rank: #11  QS World University Rankings # 6 QS WU subject,Economics, # 7 World University  2017( Times Higher Edu)

Subjects: Undergraduate students graduate with either the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) or the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE).Schools within the University: School of Architecture, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Admission rate:  2016-17  6.5 %

This campus’ most historic building, Nassau Hall, actually predates the start of the American civilization. In fact British troops once occupied it during the Revolutionary War.
Princeton Campus
Aside from that Princeton is also found on the scenic Lake Carnegie in the affluent suburbs of New Jersey. Additionally Princeton’s campus is the largest of all of the Ivy League schools with over 500 acres of property. Princeton University also finds itself comfortably located between both Philadelphia and New York City while still providing the majestic scenery that can only be offered from schools outside of the urban setting.

Princeton’s unique combination of historical significance, large space, beautiful scenery, and convenient location land itself the number three spot on our list.

Which Hogwarts house is Princeton most like? 

Slytherin logo


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Harvard Guide


Est. 1636.  Motto “Veritas”  (Truth) 

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the US! Named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Acceptance Rate: 5% , average HS GPA 4.17

Tuition : $48,949 , plus room & board $16,660

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Schools: Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Graduate School, Faculties of Arts & Science, Harvard College, Design, Education, Dental Medicine, Public Health, Engineering & Applied Sciences

6,700 Undergrads


#3 QS World University Rankings, # 1 QS WU Subject: Accounting & Finance. #6 World University Rankings (Times Higher Edu), #6 US College Rankings (Times Higher Edu)


Harvard Snow Day Photo

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Student Review: 

When you have the largest endowment of any university in the world it may be easier to ensure that your campus sets itself apart from everyone else’s. However it’s not just the money which Harvard has put into the campus, but the historical prestige surrounding each building. One example is Server Hall which has been called by some as their “favorite building in America” because of its beauty.The prestige of Harvard is not limited from the buildings, but other magnificent areas like Harvard Yard. Harvard Yard is the heart and soul of the University where the most gorgeous views can be found, and the most prestigious figures like the dean as well as president of the university locate their offices.

Nearby neighbor’s campus, MIT, pales in comparison to Harvard’s campus. The housing structure allows for a more structured system for social connection between all undergrads, and the setting for the different houses to compete with each other.


Harvard Yard
Harvard Yard

Harvard has been established as an absolutely influential part of Boston by becoming the backbone of the northern suburbs just outside of Boston. It is the best parts of Penn ingratiating themselves inside the Philadelphia community without any of the crime problems which Quaker nation struggles with. Additionally the University allows students to enjoy a majestic campus experience within the confines of the campus, but also allow for the students to dive into the wonderful nightlife at the heart of Boston.

Harvard Baker


Which Hogwarts House is Harvard most like?

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2016 Presidential Candidates : Where did they study?

Winter Carnival Dartmouth


Historically having an Ivy League education is a good record for getting into the White house, former presidents including: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and George H.W Bush all graduated from an Ivy League college (don’t forget, Obama). Leading up to the 2016 Presidential race here’s a snapshot of the candidates who have an Ivy League education to boot! 

*Apologies for any errors or exclusions

From The Democratic Party.

Hillary Rodham Clinton


Which Ivy League?

Yale Law

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Lincoln Chafee



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From The Republican Party.

Ted Cruz

Credit : Official PortraitPrinceton, Harvard Law

Campaign link


George Pataki

Yale, Columbia

Campaign link


 Donald Trump

Which Ivy League?


Follow Campaign:


Dr. Ben Carson

Credit by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


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Mark Everson


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Bobby Jindal


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