Are Brown and Cornell “Easy Ivies?”

The first thing I’ll say is “Huh!” If you think Brown and Cornell are easy, you have another thing coming. You will work your butt off at both of these schools. However, you will also get a true Ivy League education, which means that you will work with world-class professors, get involved in world-changing research, and exit with a degree that is highly respected by both graduate schools and employers. Of course, at Brown, you have the famous “Open Curriculum” which allows you to design your own major and pick your own classes. If you don’t like philosophy, or math, or anything else unrelated to your major, you don’t have to take it. Brown is located in Providence, RI, which is a developing city, though not on a par with Boston or Philadelphia or Chicago, for example. Cornell is a large campus with a large student body—approximately 22,000 undergraduates. It is located in Ithaca, New York, and is considered to be a campus school. In other words, virtually all of your academic and social activities will take place on campus. If you wanted to take a long weekend in New York City, it is a good 200 miles away. Cornell is a true university that contains more than 14 individual colleges, each one prestigious. As an undergraduate, you have the benefit of taking classes at virtually any one of the schools. In fact, this is one of the biggest draws to universities. You give up some personal interactions with professors but you gain the opportunity to decide from among a much wider variety of classes.  All in all, Cornell and Brown are among the best colleges in the country. If you are fortunate enough to be accepted, then you are virtually assured of having an excellent undergraduate experience that could very well lead to a top graduate school or even a rewarding career.

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