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Ivy League

She wants to attend an Ivy League school.
  a group of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that regularly compete  against each other in sports and have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige

(Specifically:  Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, & Yale)
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Penn State
Yale University

The term Ivy League was popularized when an athletic conference formed for these schools. The name originated because of the ivy plants that cover many of these institutions’ historic buildings.

All of the Ivy institutions are considered outstanding colleges.
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  • She wants to attend an Ivy League school.
  • I wouldn’t go to one of those Ivy League colleges, if I was dying,
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • An Ivy League credential, an indisputable American prize.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • There are about twelve thousand spots for Ivy League freshmen every year.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • The Ivy League business was, of course, an imbecilic illusion… The University Residence Club was only one small cut above a flophouse, differing from Bowery accommodations to the extent of nominal privacy in the form of a locked door.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • All these high-level functionaries in the Kingdom, Alan had been told, had been educated in the Ivy League and U.K. With this guy, Alan guessed St. Andrews.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • In certain respects it was the least demanding school I’d ever attended: no AP classes, no hectoring about SATs and Ivy League admissions, no back-breaking math and language requirements—in fact, no requirements at all.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Both kids were rich, Ivy League, popular.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • They are both going to an Ivy League homecoming football game, and they have this debate.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The scene before him looked like an Ivy League campus.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • I can think of only one reason my parents would need a mortgage: to pay my Ivy League tuition.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • About my mysterious acceptance into an Ivy League college?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Furthermore, if we compare the grades that the minority and nonminority students get in * To get a sense of how absurd the selection process at elite Ivy League schools has become, consider the following statistics.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He held degrees from three Ivy League medical schools and had a CV thick enough to serve as a doorstop.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Yeah, but the University of Alaska …. you wouldn’t really consider that when you could go Ivy League.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He looked more like someone Anderson would expect to find hearthside in some Ivy League library reading Dostoyevsky.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Later, after a hot shower and with the suit on, I looked like an Ivy League kid from the 1950s.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Certainly he would be much better off under somebody suave like General Peckem than he was under somebody boorish and insensitive like General Dreedle, because General Peckem had the discernment, the intelligence and the Ivy League background to appreciate and enjoy him at his full value, although General Peckem had never given the slightest indication that he appreciated or enjoyed him at all.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Chapter 28 — The interview for the Ivy League.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • For absolutely no reason except to ingratiate himself and show off his hot little Ivy League intellect.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He went to the University of Iowa and felt liberated there until he was told that Ivy League schools were better.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • And then, two years later, he enrolls in an Ivy League university.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • It was one thing, even, for it to be typed on his applications to five Ivy League colleges, as well as to Stanford and Berkeley.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • If you weren’t one of the few golden children, anointed early for the AP-Ivy League fast track, you made your choices with the minimal and usually disinterested help of one of the three guidance counselors allotted for the entire class.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • I figured that with all those Ivy League recruits, a boy from Upper Iowa College in old Fayette, Big I, ought to have an edge somewhere.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Beautiful Ivy League boys and girls, brains and nerds, surrounded me.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Willie thought I said Harvard and told Phil I was going to an Ivy League school.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • He was immensely proud that he had a daughter in college, and an Ivy League college at that.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • "They play Ivy League, and they can’t even win there."
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • The man’s impeccable grasp of the English language, spoken without a hint of a British accent, meant he’d probably studied at an Ivy League school in the States.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • All the Ivy League men in those striped suits and ribbed black socks that go all the way to the knee so when they cross their legs on TV we don’t see a patch of spooky white flesh between the sock and the pants cuff.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • We never saw each other during the four years of high school because her parents sent her to a very expensive and exclusive girls’ prep school where the tough curriculum was geared to get students into Ivy League colleges.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Those I saw were mostly modest five-by-sevens (I later learned they were gifts for contributions to his first campaign), plainly framed black-andwhite portraits of him, often hung in a kind of sacred paper altar that mom-and-pop businesses tape up on the wall beside the cash register: John Kwang hung there with the first tilled bills of each denomination, a son’s Ivy League diploma, a tattered letter of U.S. citizenship from the county clerk of Queens.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • He tortured himself for a week with this one-various Ivy League faces staring in horror at his application.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • As a northeastern Ivy League graduate, his diction was so exacting he sounded almost British.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Uncle Al was touchy about not having a vet, and then out of blue, here you are, from an Ivy League school no less.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Ivy League?" she says with a flourish.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It’s still tops, still Ivy League, but it seems like you can go at your own speed.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He tries it out: "Mr. Taylor, Brown is Ivy league, real esteemed, but seems more accepting of different types of people."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Well, that’s fine, but I’m not sure if I would have selected an Ivy League school.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • In a hallway encounter earlier today, Keels told Cedric his score "won’t rate," that "top schools, Ivy League schools, don’t care about your grades if your test scores are sub par."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • While Cedric remains guarded about discussing his application to MIT (fearing, already, the ridicule if lie’s rejected) he begins to talk around it, near it, mentioning how, someday, he’d like to go to "some Ivy League or whatever."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "Goldy said the Ivy League schools didn’t give athletic scholarships," Ducky went on.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • The partners at the top firms graduated from the same Ivy League schools, attended the same churches, and summered in the same oceanside towns on Long Island.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Less than a month ago, I was within days of an Ivy League degree and a career at my father’s side.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • And here he was living off Nancy and Charlie and going to an Ivy League school where he had been mistaken for the son of a king, studying organic chemistry and philosophy.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The worst part was, the jerk had one of those very phony, Ivy League voices, one of those very tired, snobby voices.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • My father drew himself up to his full academic, Ivy League-professor height, the one from which he looked down on everybody who expressed interest in sports or daily life.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Strictly Ivy League.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • I will never forget being laughed at for saying I wanted to go to the Ivy League.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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