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Infographic Of The Day: Which Ivy League School Best Suits You?

College-application deadlines draw nigh! Hunch and Column Five Media cobble together an infographic that could help prospective students decide where they fit in. Warning: retch-inducing overachievers ahead.

Harvard or Yale? The high-school overachievers’ nagging existential dilemma suddenly got a whole lot easier thanks to the taste-prediction startup Hunch.

Hunch enlisted Column Five Media to design an infographic that ranks the eight Ivies--Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth--on a host of personal preferences, from political ideology to predilection for whipping out a fake ID. Then they plotted the rankings on the adorably collegiate scales you see below:


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Prospective students can glance through to see where their star fits into the Ivy galaxy. Though we urge you not to take the rankings too seriously. To judge by the infographic, Harvard is a hothouse of right-wing, global-warming denialists who ride Harleys, don’t date outside of their race, and insist on making their beds every day. Surely, they were thinking of Dartmouth . . .

Oh, just kidding. In all seriousness, though, the data doesn’t paint a terribly accurate portrait of the nation’s most elite universities, and here’s why: They’re based on predictions Hunch made, using algorithms, of fans of the respective schools, not students, professors, and staff. So it tells you more about people who want to go to Harvard than about the people who actually get in and attend. Phew. And there we were thinking old Crimson matriculated sociopaths.

[Top image via Paragonessays.com]

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  • MendhamMTB

    Thanks FC for completely wasting my time reading this worthless article.  I suppose next you'll be like the news stations..."Blizzard coming? Story at 11."  Only to find out that there is a 30% chance of flurries.

  • Peter Dekom

    Funny that decades after graduating from Yale, I think I've found the great dividing line between a typical Yale grad and one from Harvard. Both are great schools, but Harvard is significantly larger in numbers of students (which emphasizes competition). Yalies seem to excel as team leaders, where cooperation is paramount (corporate structures), while Harvard grads seems to excel in solitary professions where individual achievement is stressed (I-banking and law). Put two Harvard grads in a room, and I have often seen two people anxious to compete with each other extolling their own virtues. Put two Yale grads in a room, and they look for ways to help each other. Generalizations to be sure, but accurate more often than not in my experience.

  • jmt

    As you basically say near the end of the post - this infographic is total bull. Bad Hunch! How boring would it be if applying students actually self-selected according to this lame megasimplification? Any group with hundreds or thousands of members is going to have a ton of variety, which is one of the best things about college. The Ivies are not Hogwarts!

    - a friendly introverted money-saving nice handy interracially dating environmental liberal non-bedmaking feminist Yalie

  • Brandie Gerrish

    Suzanne makes a great point that the infographic "tells more about people who WANT to go to Harvard than about the people who actually get in." 
    I think this leads to a larger topic of encouraging students to have the "right image" so that they do get in.  Personal branding and reputation management is an oft overlooked part of the admissions process - but one that warrants attention from career minded juniors and seniors. Especially if their sights are set on Ivies. 
    Brandie Gerrish@BGdoesPR:twitter