Cornell named “Hottest Ivy,” Harvard Biggest Prude

veritas_hotSince the best arbiters of what’s “hot” and what’s “not” in the lives of college students are, of course, middle-aged newsweekly editors, Newsweek announces the “25 Hottest Schools” of 2007 in this week’s issue.

The hot 25 opens with “Hottest Ivy” Cornell University:

Unlike the other Ivies, Cornell is a land-grant college emphasizing problem solving as well as scholarly debate. The university boasts a world-class engineering college and top-flight liberal arts, science and fine arts. The hotel school is considered the world’s best. Cornellians, proud of the variety on campus, point to the president, David Skorton, a cardiologist, jazz musician and computer scientist who is the first in his family to have a college education.

Now, land-grant universities are fine and good, but they haven’t exactly been cutting edge since, oh, 1862. Other than Newsweek‘s desire to christen some random underdog the “next big thing,” is there any reason for Cornell to be so hot right now?  Regardless, Psych101 taught us that self-fulfilling prophecies totally work.  So congrats, Cornell!  Jon Stewart called you a “frozen hellscape,” but now you’re on fire.

Hottest for Rejecting You” goes to the crimson prude, Harvard, for rejecting 91.03% of applicants for the class of 2011.  Though Columbia College proved marginally more frigid by rejecting 91.05% of her high school suitors, sluttish acceptance rates at the Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and School of General Studies, reduced net exclusivity.

Of course, the hot Ivies hold not a candle to “Hottest in the War on Terror” winner New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which is “in some ways the Los Alamos of a new age, this time focusing on searching suitcases and disabling roadside explosives rather than building the A-bomb.”  Majoring in airport security, minoring in explosive-sniffing dogs, the average NMT student also has robust social life, due to the availability of pick-up lines like “Want to help me study for full-body cavity search class?”  Works like a charm. 

EDIT:  Looks like “Hottest for Liberal Arts” Princeton University isn’t so hot at teaching reading skills, because I totally missed its inclusion in the 25 hot colleges list. Thanks to Cayuga and MITBitch for noticing.  Newsweek emphasizes Princeton’s grant-only financial aid department and intellectual life. –MAUREEN O’CONNOR

  • chill

    @bitter: relax bud. you’re so mad you’re rambling at multiple posters. nobody paid for ranks and ‘taking the piss out of you’ means lynah’s not serious. (at least i don’t think so) take a breath, go hang in a cafe on bway, and be at peace with where you are + where you’re going.

  • chill

    @bitter: relax bud. you’re so mad you’re rambling at multiple posters. nobody paid for ranks and ‘taking the piss out of you’ means lynah’s not serious. (at least i don’t think so) take a breath, go hang in a cafe on bway, and be at peace with where you are + where you’re going.

  • another columbia 2010er

    word to the last post. Lynah needs to chill.

    Also, I think that Columbia Engineering is just catered to a different breed of engineer, not necessarily more bookish or more engineer-y than other engineers. Look, many people at Columbia Engineering chose Fu Foundation over Cornell even MIT (truth, don’t kid) due to any number of factors including location, experience, chill-ness, ivy-ness, down-to-earthness, even anti-douchebaggery etc.

    For me it just came down to my preferences and what I wanted from my school. I could have gone to any number of large engineering schools, including UMichigan’s engineering (which is better than any Ivy engineering schools) or Cornell. But what it came down to was just my choice of the City life, the small friendly atmosphere, the SEAS school spirit, and the people. I would say Columbia Engineers are some of the most chill people I’ve met at Columbia. Not because they were the drug hookups or (if they even did, OMG lolz weed Lynah), but because people at the school really care about what they study, be it in earth and environmental or mechanical or civil or chemical or biomed or whatever. I wouldn’t discount the fact that people brought together under the same roof have a certain amount of synergy that awes and inspires other engineering to find what’s right for them. It’s all about the right place for the right person. Maybe Columbia is just not your thing. Most of Columbia engineering applicants self select their school. This probably contributes to the fact that CU SEAS really like SEAS because they want to be there and chose to be there as their first choice.

    Also, I wouldn’t discount Columbia engineering’s ability to produce large-school amounts of research for small-school atmosphere. We hold a great deal of research patents including shares in MPEG-2 technology which give the school an annual royalty income. See wiki for fu foundation. sorry no better sources on abstract facts like that. you might try, of all places, the marketing materials from Columbia’s admissions office.

  • another columbia 2010er

    word to the last post. Lynah needs to chill.

    Also, I think that Columbia Engineering is just catered to a different breed of engineer, not necessarily more bookish or more engineer-y than other engineers. Look, many people at Columbia Engineering chose Fu Foundation over Cornell even MIT (truth, don’t kid) due to any number of factors including location, experience, chill-ness, ivy-ness, down-to-earthness, even anti-douchebaggery etc.

    For me it just came down to my preferences and what I wanted from my school. I could have gone to any number of large engineering schools, including UMichigan’s engineering (which is better than any Ivy engineering schools) or Cornell. But what it came down to was just my choice of the City life, the small friendly atmosphere, the SEAS school spirit, and the people. I would say Columbia Engineers are some of the most chill people I’ve met at Columbia. Not because they were the drug hookups or (if they even did, OMG lolz weed Lynah), but because people at the school really care about what they study, be it in earth and environmental or mechanical or civil or chemical or biomed or whatever. I wouldn’t discount the fact that people brought together under the same roof have a certain amount of synergy that awes and inspires other engineering to find what’s right for them. It’s all about the right place for the right person. Maybe Columbia is just not your thing. Most of Columbia engineering applicants self select their school. This probably contributes to the fact that CU SEAS really like SEAS because they want to be there and chose to be there as their first choice.

    Also, I wouldn’t discount Columbia engineering’s ability to produce large-school amounts of research for small-school atmosphere. We hold a great deal of research patents including shares in MPEG-2 technology which give the school an annual royalty income. See wiki for fu foundation. sorry no better sources on abstract facts like that. you might try, of all places, the marketing materials from Columbia’s admissions office.

  • Chill2 (Electric Boogaloo)

    ‘Chill’ was telling ‘bitter’ to calm down. ‘Cayuga’ already asked ‘Lynah’ and others to pipe down, so your poking ‘Lynah’ isn’t helping. Can’t wait for classes to get hot and heavy and put an end to all this drama.

  • Chill2 (Electric Boogaloo)

    ‘Chill’ was telling ‘bitter’ to calm down. ‘Cayuga’ already asked ‘Lynah’ and others to pipe down, so your poking ‘Lynah’ isn’t helping. Can’t wait for classes to get hot and heavy and put an end to all this drama.

  • skunk

    You complainers need get a life and stop obsessing over what this article says. It doesnt mean shit, all of these schools are great so quit crying like babies.

  • skunk

    You complainers need get a life and stop obsessing over what this article says. It doesnt mean shit, all of these schools are great so quit crying like babies.

  • please

    please! cornell arts & sciences is the foundation of an ivy league education. every other school at Cornell is a notch below. in fact cornell arts & sciences is among the top 3 in the nation. sorry hotelies…you are number one but out of a weak group…

  • please

    please! cornell arts & sciences is the foundation of an ivy league education. every other school at Cornell is a notch below. in fact cornell arts & sciences is among the top 3 in the nation. sorry hotelies…you are number one but out of a weak group…

  • ProudCornellian

    CORNELL SCIENCES > YALE, BROWN, DARTMOUTH, COLUMBIA Sciences

  • ProudCornellian

    CORNELL SCIENCES > YALE, BROWN, DARTMOUTH, COLUMBIA Sciences

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  • columbia waitlist 2012

    hi
    i have been waitlisted at fu school of engineering
    can any1 tell me what are my chances of getting in?
    what should i do now?
    i have already found 1 person frm my school who has gt admission to columbia but is goin to mit or stanford
    is that any gud?

  • columbia waitlist 2012

    hi
    i have been waitlisted at fu school of engineering
    can any1 tell me what are my chances of getting in?
    what should i do now?
    i have already found 1 person frm my school who has gt admission to columbia but is goin to mit or stanford
    is that any gud?

  • Mike

    Also, no one realizes that Cornell is the only Ivy to hold all for national grants: Land, Sea, Space, and Sun. The technology, research, and innovation at Cornell is definitely one of the best in the country. None of the other Ivies even come close.

  • Mike

    Also, no one realizes that Cornell is the only Ivy to hold all for national grants: Land, Sea, Space, and Sun. The technology, research, and innovation at Cornell is definitely one of the best in the country. None of the other Ivies even come close.

  • Cornell 2013 student

    I would just like to say that the only reason why Cornell’s admission rate is much higher than any other Ivy is due, in large part, to the immense number of seats available. Cornell had the most applicants out of any Ivy League this year–especially Harvard–with approximately 34,000 applicants. Also Cornell has the largest campus out of all the Ivy Leagues therefore the largest amount of seats available–not to mention the best dining and student life. Cornell ranks in the top 15 U.S. colleges and in the world only because it’s endowment is considerably lower than the other Ivy Leagues at around $4 billion, compared to Harvard’s $28.8 billion. So if you crunch your numbers right and use common reasoning you’ll find that it has lower rankings because $4 billion is simply not enough to fund all the needs of 20,000+ student body. If Cornell were smaller like Dartmouth I’m sure it’s rank would soar high, close to the top 3. I’m not saying this to bash the other Ivy Leagues. All I’m saying is that Cornell is only “easier” to get into because it’s the largest ivy: a true microcosm. This is coming from someone who got into Yale, UPenn (Wharton),and Dartmouth (I only applied to five Ivy Leagues, got into the above three and Cornell, and got rejected from Harvard).

  • Cornell 2013 student

    I would just like to say that the only reason why Cornell’s admission rate is much higher than any other Ivy is due, in large part, to the immense number of seats available. Cornell had the most applicants out of any Ivy League this year–especially Harvard–with approximately 34,000 applicants. Also Cornell has the largest campus out of all the Ivy Leagues therefore the largest amount of seats available–not to mention the best dining and student life. Cornell ranks in the top 15 U.S. colleges and in the world only because it’s endowment is considerably lower than the other Ivy Leagues at around $4 billion, compared to Harvard’s $28.8 billion. So if you crunch your numbers right and use common reasoning you’ll find that it has lower rankings because $4 billion is simply not enough to fund all the needs of 20,000+ student body. If Cornell were smaller like Dartmouth I’m sure it’s rank would soar high, close to the top 3. I’m not saying this to bash the other Ivy Leagues. All I’m saying is that Cornell is only “easier” to get into because it’s the largest ivy: a true microcosm. This is coming from someone who got into Yale, UPenn (Wharton),and Dartmouth (I only applied to five Ivy Leagues, got into the above three and Cornell, and got rejected from Harvard).

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