Ivy Plus 12: Ivies (8) + Stanford, MIT, UChicago, Duke.
Caltech is in its own class due to its tiny size and science focus
JHU and NU academically are as strong or even stronger than the lower ivies (Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell), but prestige wise both are slightly behind the lower ivies.
蚂蚁写来写去也跳不出如来佛这个手掌心 -- 因为这些学校的声誉是历史累积的，very deep in popular culture and elite circles.
这些都是美国的"贵而美"学府 (这里贵是“名贵”，不是学费贵) - These are the Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Rolax of college education.
有很多优秀的其它学校，它们要么贵，要么美 (i.e. UCB/UCLA)，但很难撑得起“贵而美”