Senior Manager, Content & Publishing Technology at AIG
Woodbridge Township, New Jersey
It might be helpful to look at this from a different perspective, as you're already trying to narrow down a list that has already been extensively filtered. There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the US, and only 9 of them are Ivy League schools. They are notoriously difficult to get into--most accept less than 10% of those who apply. This is akin to asking which $100 bill to keep based on its serial number--if you consider an Ivy as the be-all-end-all for a college, apply to all of them and worry about which might be better if you happen to have the good fortune to get accepted to more than one.
Instead, do your initial sort based on what you want out of a college, including what you want to study; whether you want to live in an urban, suburban or rural environment; teacher to student ratio; rates of graduation; whether or not there are fraternities/sororities; admission rate and so on. Then build a list of schools to apply to in order of likelihood of acceptance: at least one "safety" school that you would attend if you can't get in anywhere else, your ideal schools based on which ones best match your criteria, and one or more "stretch" schools that you would attend if you beat the admission odds.
And good luck!