To LA Guy: What exactly is the "image" of the Ivy League? I graduated from that school in Cambridge to which you refer, but your comments seem to me to be hard to interpret. I know that when I was in college, when asked where we were in school, most of my classmates and I would answer that we "go to school in Massachusetts," then when pressed further, would say "Boston," and only when asked directly would we answer Harvard. This was a result of the common reaction one receives when saying (s)he goes to Harvard. Does "dropping the H-bomb" work? If so, I wouldn't say the students are buying the hype, I would say the other people are. If it doesn't work, then yes, it indicates that the students seem to think their attendance at Harvard seem to or should make them somehow better in the eyes of others. You think the Ivies are over-rated; that's your opinion, to which you are entitled. In my post-undergrad life, I've worked with people in senior management at many very large and successful companies and on Wall Street, as well as attending law school at Stanford. What I can tell you is that nowhere have I come close to finding such a concentration of brilliant and interesting people as I found at Harvard. So, it depends how you're rating things; was the education any better than at any number of other schools? Perhaps not, but what an extraordinary and heterogeneous collection of talent.