As colleges around the world increase funding and vie for prestige, some schools really don’t have to do that much work for respect.
Ivy League colleges are still considered the cream of the crop by most people’s standards, and because those reputations are so firmly entrenched, it does not look like that will change any time soon.
Growing up Irish Catholic, it was always my biggest dream to the University of Notre Dame. As it turned out, I had the grades and the extra-curricular activities to get in, and was accepted to what is considered a rather prestigious, private university.
A few weeks later, I received a letter from Dartmouth, however, and all of the sudden the idea of attending one of the revered Ivy League colleges became a possibility, and I focused all of my attention on getting in there.
Throughout my entire high school career, I had concentrated all of my efforts on getting into Notre Dame. All of my friends knew that was where I wanted to go from the time I was a freshman, and when I was accepted, everyone was so excited for me. All it took was one letter from Dartmouth, and all of that changed.
Don’t get me wrong, I was still thrilled have been accepted to Notre Dame, but in my mind, Ivy League schools carried more weight when it came things like job opportunities and graduate schools. Apparently, I was not the only one who thought that way.
A friend of mine was accepted to Stanford University, which is obviously one of the elite colleges in the country. He had applied to about seven different schools, including Cornell University, in New York.
He was all set to commit to Stanford when he learned that he had been accepted at Cornell, and he to completely changed his mind, enrolled at Cornell, and lives in New York to this day working as a software engineer.
He got on with a very good company, and he is convinced that it was because he chose Cornell over the other schools to which he was accepted that he received a job offer.
“Ivy League colleges are just more respected,” I remember him telling me.
As it turned out, I was accepted to Dartmouth, but ended up not going. I did not go to Notre Dame either, due to some unforeseen circumstances, and attended a university a little bit closer to home.
I have never regretted choosing to attend the university I chose, but I have to admit that Ivy League colleges are still the most respected colleges in the country and the world, and probably always will be.