First of all allow me to add though, that all of the schools mentioned here are excellent and truly do offer a broad and wide-reaching liberal arts education that will leave you extremely well-educated and respected around the globe, but it is correct that some schools are known for certain specialties more than others.
1. Yale is known for turning out dramatists, poets, and CIA officers (government and international relations).
2. Harvard is Harvard (also strong in government, engineering, philosophy, languages)
3. Princeton is known for mathematics and physics (Einstein used to teach there).
4. Brown is known for its creativity and artist types (including poets, writers and playwrights)
5. UPenn is known for its proximity to the Wharton school and hence, business and finance
6. Cornell is known as one of the easier Ivy Leagues to get into and has a strong business/hospitality school link via its grad program.
7. Columbia is known for literature, religion, psychology, languages and its proximity to Wall Street.
8. Dartmouth is known for liberal arts majors, as well as those wanting to get into the Tuck school of business post-graduation.
So, that’s just a sample list that tells you where you might want to target if you’re looking at the Ivy League.
The following is also a good article about how to get in to the most competitive schools, and if you need to know your major before applying (i.e. it helps). If you want to take a look, then also read:
Good luck and I hope that helps!
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