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7th Feb '16 7:22:31 PM nombretomado
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* Dennis and Dee of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' both attended University of Pennsylvania, despite the fact that they are complete idiots. However, they were wealthy and were possibly legacies. Dennis graduated. Dee did not.
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* Dennis and Dee of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' both attended University of Pennsylvania, despite the fact that they are complete idiots. However, they were wealthy and were possibly legacies. Dennis graduated. Dee did not.
5th Feb '16 10:57:44 AM JoeMerl
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* IN ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}},'' "Dominique Destin" is quite impressed that the woman applying for a job as her assistant graduated from the Sorbonne. Of course, since this woman is actually one of the new [[TheHunter Hunter]]s and Dominique is [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting the gargoyle]] [[BigBad Demona]], it's possible that this was a lie just so that she could get the job and investigate her new boss's identity.
22nd Jan '16 4:25:13 PM nombretomado
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* In the second half of StephenFry's ''Making History'', Michael Young attends Princeton.
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* In the second half of StephenFry's Creator/StephenFry's ''Making History'', Michael Young attends Princeton.
27th Dec '15 9:15:25 PM jormis29
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* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'''s Jack Donaghy attended Princeton University as an undergraduate. This is once used for comedic effect when Jack tells Kenneth he doesn't have bedbugs because he went to Princeton.
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* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'''s ''Series/ThirtyRock'''s Jack Donaghy attended Princeton University as an undergraduate. This is once used for comedic effect when Jack tells Kenneth he doesn't have bedbugs because he went to Princeton.

* The title character of ''AllyMcBeal'' attended Harvard Law School.
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* The title character of ''AllyMcBeal'' ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' attended Harvard Law School.

* The title character of ''{{Becker}}'' likes to boast that he got his degree from Harvard - which actually means that somewhere, sometime, something went horribly wrong for him.
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* The title character of ''{{Becker}}'' ''Series/{{Becker}}'' likes to boast that he got his degree from Harvard - which actually means that somewhere, sometime, something went horribly wrong for him.

* ''Series/BlueBloods[='=]'' Jamie Reagan graduated from Harvard Law School, then decided to turn cop after his brother Joe was killed in the line of duty. Deconstructed in one episode, where he moonlights as a house painter because he's having trouble keeping up his student loan payments on a beat cop's salary.
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* ''Series/BlueBloods[='=]'' ''Series/BlueBloods''' Jamie Reagan graduated from Harvard Law School, then decided to turn cop after his brother Joe was killed in the line of duty. Deconstructed in one episode, where he moonlights as a house painter because he's having trouble keeping up his student loan payments on a beat cop's salary.

* In ''Commander In Chief'', former Communications Directors and current Press Secretary Kelly Ludlow, played by Ever Carradine, graduated from Princeton.
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* In ''Commander In Chief'', ''Series/CommanderInChief'', former Communications Directors and current Press Secretary Kelly Ludlow, played by Ever Carradine, graduated from Princeton.

* On ''TheCosbyShow'', eldest daughter Sondra Huxtable attended Princeton, and she met her future husband Elvin Tibideaux there.
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* On ''TheCosbyShow'', ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', eldest daughter Sondra Huxtable attended Princeton, and she met her future husband Elvin Tibideaux there.

* On ''DoogieHowserMD'', main character Douglas Howser, boy genius, graduated from Princeton at the young age of 10.
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* On ''DoogieHowserMD'', ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', main character Douglas Howser, boy genius, graduated from Princeton at the young age of 10.

* ''FridayNightLights'' subverts this. Getting a scholarship for any college is what most of the players aspire for in order to get ahead in life. Schools from all over the country will offer players a spot on their team and Ivy League schools don't offer sports scholarships. Julie and Landry, both portrayed as hard working students and smart, don't go to Ivy League schools (Julie attends the fictional Burleson College while Landry attends Rice University). * Thurston Howell, III of ''GilligansIsland'' is a stereotypical [=WASP=] and a graduate of Harvard University. * ''GilmoreGirls'' justifies and realistically portrays this trope. Through the first half of the series, Rory's ultimate goal is to get into Harvard and a major plot point is her move to the more academically challenging Chilton in order to improve her grades and participating in numerous extracirriculars to put on the her CV. When she gets into all of her schools, including Harvard and Yale. (Yale is especially believable as her grandfather Richard has a legacy there.) She chooses [[CaliforniaUniversity Yale]] in order to stay closer to home. [[note]] Series creators Amy Sherman and Daniel Palladino met at Yale, so Harvard was a clever red herring they ran with for a few seasons while Rory was in high school. [[/note]] The equally high-achieving, [[TheRival Paris Geller]] is even more justified with the hyper-intensity she puts into her studies and extra-cirriculars, and also gets into Yale, but gets rejected from her life-long goal of Harvard, showing how competitive Ivy League application really is.
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* ''FridayNightLights'' ''Series/FridayNightLights'' subverts this. Getting a scholarship for any college is what most of the players aspire for in order to get ahead in life. Schools from all over the country will offer players a spot on their team and Ivy League schools don't offer sports scholarships. Julie and Landry, both portrayed as hard working students and smart, don't go to Ivy League schools (Julie attends the fictional Burleson College while Landry attends Rice University). * Thurston Howell, III of ''GilligansIsland'' ''Series/GilligansIsland'' is a stereotypical [=WASP=] and a graduate of Harvard University. * ''GilmoreGirls'' ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' justifies and realistically portrays this trope. Through the first half of the series, Rory's ultimate goal is to get into Harvard and a major plot point is her move to the more academically challenging Chilton in order to improve her grades and participating in numerous extracirriculars to put on the her CV. When she gets into all of her schools, including Harvard and Yale. (Yale is especially believable as her grandfather Richard has a legacy there.) She chooses [[CaliforniaUniversity Yale]] in order to stay closer to home. [[note]] Series creators Amy Sherman and Daniel Palladino met at Yale, so Harvard was a clever red herring they ran with for a few seasons while Rory was in high school. [[/note]] The equally high-achieving, [[TheRival Paris Geller]] is even more justified with the hyper-intensity she puts into her studies and extra-cirriculars, and also gets into Yale, but gets rejected from her life-long goal of Harvard, showing how competitive Ivy League application really is.

* Carol Seaver of ''GrowingPains'' attends Columbia.
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* Carol Seaver of ''GrowingPains'' ''Series/GrowingPains'' attends Columbia.

* Matt Camden and Sarah Glass, from ''SeventhHeaven'' attend Columbia Medical together. * Miranda Hobbes of ''SexAndTheCity'' got her law degree from Harvard. In one episode, she [[ObfuscatingStupidity hides her educated background]] and pretends to be a flight attendant in order to get a date during a speed dating session because [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders men are threatened by smart women]].
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* Matt Camden and Sarah Glass, from ''SeventhHeaven'' ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' attend Columbia Medical together. * Miranda Hobbes of ''SexAndTheCity'' ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' got her law degree from Harvard. In one episode, she [[ObfuscatingStupidity hides her educated background]] and pretends to be a flight attendant in order to get a date during a speed dating session because [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders men are threatened by smart women]].

* Dan Rydell in ''SportsNight'' is a Dartmouth alumnus, a subject that is mentioned several times. * On ''Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'', another show written by Aaron Sorkin, Jordan (the new, unusually young head of the network) is a graduate of Yale Law School. In order to make it plausible that her character had time to go to law school and become a network head by her early-to-mid 30s, it was revealed that she was hired as the head of a major record label immediately upon graduating Yale Law -- even though there was nothing in her resume that would qualify her for such a position. She wasn't the only character with a Yale degree, either. We were supposed to believe that Simon, one of the sketch comedy actors, attended Yale Drama School. * This trope is part of the premise of ''{{Suits}}''. The show takes place in a law firm that only hires graduates of Harvard Law. In the first season, much of the drama is focused on Mike Ross, a college dropout brilliant enough to pretend he has the necessary Harvard diploma.
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* Dan Rydell in ''SportsNight'' ''Series/SportsNight'' is a Dartmouth alumnus, a subject that is mentioned several times. * On ''Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'', ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', another show written by Aaron Sorkin, Jordan (the new, unusually young head of the network) is a graduate of Yale Law School. In order to make it plausible that her character had time to go to law school and become a network head by her early-to-mid 30s, it was revealed that she was hired as the head of a major record label immediately upon graduating Yale Law -- even though there was nothing in her resume that would qualify her for such a position. She wasn't the only character with a Yale degree, either. We were supposed to believe that Simon, one of the sketch comedy actors, attended Yale Drama School. * This trope is part of the premise of ''{{Suits}}''.''Series/{{Suits}}''. The show takes place in a law firm that only hires graduates of Harvard Law. In the first season, much of the drama is focused on Mike Ross, a college dropout brilliant enough to pretend he has the necessary Harvard diploma.

* In ''UglyBetty'', Betty's boss, Mode Editor-in-Chief Daniel Meade, is an alumnus of Harvard. * In ''{{Weeds}}'', Silas Botwin, the son of the main character, dates Megan, who is accepted to Princeton.
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* In ''UglyBetty'', ''Series/UglyBetty'', Betty's boss, Mode Editor-in-Chief Daniel Meade, is an alumnus of Harvard. * In ''{{Weeds}}'', ''Series/{{Weeds}}'', Silas Botwin, the son of the main character, dates Megan, who is accepted to Princeton.

* In ''WhatILikeAboutYou'' Valerie Tyler attended Columbia. Holly [[FollowInMyFootsteps applies to Columbia as well]].
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* In ''WhatILikeAboutYou'' ''Series/WhatILikeAboutYou'' Valerie Tyler attended Columbia. Holly [[FollowInMyFootsteps applies to Columbia as well]].

* In ''WillAndGrace'', Will Truman and Grace Adler met they were students at Columbia University. * Jaye Tyler, main character of ''{{Wonderfalls}}'', is a recent Brown University graduate with a philosophy degree and holds a dead-end job as a sales clerk at a Niagara Falls gift shop.
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* In ''WillAndGrace'', ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Will Truman and Grace Adler met they were students at Columbia University. * Jaye Tyler, main character of ''{{Wonderfalls}}'', ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', is a recent Brown University graduate with a philosophy degree and holds a dead-end job as a sales clerk at a Niagara Falls gift shop.

* In the finale of ''The Suite Life on Deck'', the spin off of ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Cody, TheSmartGuy, does not get into Yale, however, his equally smart girlfriend, Bailey, gets in.
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* In the finale of ''The Suite Life on Deck'', the spin off of ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', ''Series/TheSuiteLifeONDeck'', Cody, TheSmartGuy, does not get into Yale, however, his equally smart girlfriend, Bailey, gets in.
20th Dec '15 9:54:10 PM shamblingdead2
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** Lisa Kudrow attended Vassar.
10th Dec '15 8:46:08 AM HeraldAlberich
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Despite being considered among the most selective colleges in the United States, with admission rates from 6% to 16%, IvyLeague schools show up frequently in fiction. In {{teen drama}}s, a main character (or two) will always get accepted into an Ivy League school. Expect this to become a key part of high school [[RiteOfPassage senior year stress]], whether the character is trying to get into a certain Ivy League school, or deciding between an Ivy League college far away from home and a [[CaliforniaUniversity local college]] that keeps the show in the same setting.
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Despite being considered among the most selective colleges in the United States, with admission rates from 6% to 16%, IvyLeague UsefulNotes/IvyLeague schools show up frequently in fiction. In {{teen drama}}s, a main character (or two) will always get accepted into an Ivy League school. Expect this to become a key part of high school [[RiteOfPassage senior year stress]], whether the character is trying to get into a certain Ivy League school, or deciding between an Ivy League college far away from home and a [[CaliforniaUniversity local college]] that keeps the show in the same setting.

* Ivy Leaguers are not represented very frequently in professional sports[[note]] The actual IvyLeague schools do not offer athletic scholarships, which makes it hard to attract or produce elite talent. Particularly for major sports like basketball and football, athletics tends to be less important to most students and alumni than it is at top-tier schools.[[/note]] Despite this, the late-2000's Buffalo Bills had a General Manager from Harvard, a head coach from Yale and a backup quarterback from Harvard[[note]]The starter was from Stanford, but they play in the Pac-12 and do offer athletic scholarships, so he doesn't fit the example[[/note]]. (Incidentally, then-backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick later became starter.)
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* Ivy Leaguers are not represented very frequently in professional sports[[note]] The actual IvyLeague UsefulNotes/IvyLeague schools do not offer athletic scholarships, which makes it hard to attract or produce elite talent. Particularly for major sports like basketball and football, athletics tends to be less important to most students and alumni than it is at top-tier schools.[[/note]] Despite this, the late-2000's Buffalo Bills had a General Manager from Harvard, a head coach from Yale and a backup quarterback from Harvard[[note]]The starter was from Stanford, but they play in the Pac-12 and do offer athletic scholarships, so he doesn't fit the example[[/note]]. (Incidentally, then-backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick later became starter.)
3rd Dec '15 2:30:19 PM mlsmithca
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* '''Canada''': Interestingly, Canada seems to be devoid of any universities bearing prestige; this is not to say bearing no ''good'' universities (the ones most likely to be namedropped being University of Toronto, Queen's, and [=McGill=], all three schools being in a fierce competition over the title "Harvard of the North"), but due to a lack of competition (thanks to government education funding) and long travel between major centers students usually just choose either the nearest relevant university to home, or a university one province over thanks to common dissatisfaction (justified or not) with the one they live in (and subsequent plans to move into their university's city after graduating). Generally, though, the "gold standard" for university rankings is Maclean's magazine's annual [[http://www.macleans.ca/education/unirankings/introducing-the-2015-macleans-university-rankings/ list]]. ** Unless your major is math or computer science, for which there's Waterloo (often referred to as "Geek heaven North") and everywhere else.
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* '''Canada''': Interestingly, Canada seems to be devoid of any universities bearing prestige; this is not to say bearing no ''good'' universities (the ones most likely to be namedropped being University of Toronto, Queen's, and [=McGill=], all three schools being in a fierce competition over the title "Harvard of the North"), North"; UBC might show up if the work is set in western Canada), but due to a lack of competition (thanks to government education funding) and long travel between major centers students usually just choose either the nearest relevant university to home, or a university one province over thanks to common dissatisfaction (justified or not) with the one they live in (and subsequent plans to move into their university's city after graduating). Generally, though, the "gold standard" for university rankings is Maclean's magazine's annual [[http://www.macleans.ca/education/unirankings/introducing-the-2015-macleans-university-rankings/ list]]. \n** Unless your major is math or computer science, for which there's Waterloo (often referred to as "Geek heaven North") and everywhere else.

* '''Korea''': Seoul National University (SNU) is traditionally considered to be every university-bound Korean student's dream. But students and alumni of schools like Yonsei University, Ewha University (for women), and Korea University will also elicit impressed reactions by just saying where they study/studied. Also, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST), and Pohang University of Science and Technology(POSTECH) are depicted as schools for geniuses in math and science.
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* '''Korea''': Seoul National University (SNU) is traditionally considered to be every university-bound Korean student's dream. But students and alumni of schools like Yonsei University, Ewha University (for women), and Korea University will also elicit impressed reactions by just saying where they study/studied. Also, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST), Technology (KAIST), and Pohang University of Science and Technology(POSTECH) Technology (POSTECH) are depicted as schools for geniuses in math and science.

* '''Sweden''': Uppsala and Lund University are general considered to be the most prestigious, due to being by a large margin the two oldest institutions (founded in 1477 and 1666, respectively)in the country. The Stockholm School of Economics and The Royal Institute of Technology can generally be viewed as the best in their fields.
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* '''Sweden''': Uppsala and Lund University are general generally considered to be the most prestigious, due to being by a large margin the two oldest institutions (founded in 1477 and 1666, respectively)in respectively) in the country. The Stockholm School of Economics and The Royal Institute of Technology can generally be viewed as the best in their fields.

* From ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', ChildProdigy Rebecca Miyamoto graduated from MIT at the age of ten, though in the manga she tells people she went to Columbia, simply because it's easier to pronounce than "Massachusetts." ** Might be because in the first episode of the anime, Rei (teasingly, it turns out) asked where Becky studied. Becky answered "MIT", whereupon Rei asked what it stood for. Becky continually stumbles over "Massachusetts" and when she finally notices the class's reaction, she notices Rei and the others snickering over her stuttering because it sounds like rapid-fire farts. Cue "Hau-Hau"-ing and CurtainCamoflogue, because she's still an 11-year-old.
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* From ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', ChildProdigy Rebecca Miyamoto graduated from MIT at the age of ten, though in the manga she tells people she went to Columbia, simply because it's easier to pronounce than "Massachusetts." ** " Might be because in the first episode of the anime, Rei (teasingly, it turns out) asked where Becky studied. Becky answered "MIT", whereupon Rei asked what it stood for. Becky continually stumbles over "Massachusetts" and when she finally notices the class's reaction, she notices Rei and the others snickering over her stuttering because it sounds like rapid-fire farts. Cue "Hau-Hau"-ing and CurtainCamoflogue, because she's still an 11-year-old.
22nd Nov '15 1:39:57 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''An American Wife'', a RomanAClef about President George W. Bush and Laura Bush by Curtis Sittenfeld, main character Charlie Blackwell is a Princeton alumnus. One section of the book describes the couple attending a Princeton reunion in great detail.
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* In ''An American Wife'', a RomanAClef about President George W. Bush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Laura Bush by Curtis Sittenfeld, main character Charlie Blackwell is a Princeton alumnus. One section of the book describes the couple attending a Princeton reunion in great detail.

* DanBrown's lead character Robert Langdon in ''AngelsAndDemons'', ''TheDaVinciCode'', and ''TheLostSymbol'' is a professor of Religious Iconology and Symbology at Harvard University. He also graduated from Princeton University, where he played water polo.
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* DanBrown's Creator/DanBrown's lead character Robert Langdon in ''AngelsAndDemons'', ''TheDaVinciCode'', ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', and ''TheLostSymbol'' ''Literature/TheLostSymbol'' is a professor of Religious Iconology and Symbology at Harvard University. He also graduated from Princeton University, where he played water polo.

* In the novel ''Good in Bed'' by Jennifer Weiner, protagonist Cannie Shapiro is a Princeton alumna.
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* In the novel ''Good in Bed'' by Jennifer Weiner, ''Literature/GoodInBed'', protagonist Cannie Shapiro is a Princeton alumna.
19th Oct '15 6:27:42 PM cephalopod
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* '''Japan''': The [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity University Of Tokyo]] or "T˘dai" for short.
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* '''Japan''': The [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity University Of Tokyo]] or "T˘dai" for short. Kyoto University is a close second.
17th Oct '15 10:27:45 PM surgoshan
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Don't feel bad if you've only heard of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, since those are referenced in fiction [[SmallReferencePools far more]] than the others. Columbia gets fewer mentions since NYU is the "go-to" institution to name-drop if you want your characters in The BigApplesauce[[note]]somewhat ironically, NYU is itself known to be a very selective university[[/note]]. The others are surrounded by inner city, except Dartmouth which is in the middle of nowhere, the nearest cities offering much off-campus nightlife[[note]] Burlington, VT and Concord, NH[[/note]] being two hours' drive in opposite directions.
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Don't feel bad if you've only heard of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, since those are referenced in fiction [[SmallReferencePools far more]] than the others. Columbia gets fewer mentions since NYU is the "go-to" institution to name-drop if you want your characters in The BigApplesauce[[note]]somewhat ironically, NYU is itself known to be a very selective university[[/note]]. The others are surrounded by inner city, except Dartmouth Dartmouth, which is in the middle of nowhere, the nearest cities offering much off-campus nightlife[[note]] Burlington, nightlife [[note]]Burlington, VT and Concord, NH[[/note]] being two hours' drive in opposite directions. directions. Cornell's in the slightly more urban Ithaca, New York (three times the population of Hanover), and quite a bit closer to significant cities, but isn't really as inner-city as the rest.

Why aren't any of these considered "Ivy League" schools, you wonder? The League is actually an athletic conference within the NCAA, and the social connotations developed around this. However, if your teen heroine is talking about getting a gymnastics scholarship to Harvard, it's another case of poor research since the Ivies don't offer athletic scholarships.
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Why aren't any of these considered "Ivy League" schools, you wonder? The There's an urban legend running around about the origin of the term "ivy league", namely that it comes from the roman numerals I V, and the original four were Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and whatever other school the legend-teller can remember. In fact, it merely comes from the fact that old stone buildings tend to get covered in ivy. As for who gets to be a member, the League is actually an athletic conference within the NCAA, and the social connotations developed around this. However, if your teen heroine is talking about getting a gymnastics scholarship to Harvard, it's another case of poor research since the Ivies don't offer athletic scholarships. scholarships. Not officially, anyway.
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