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Ranking the Ivies on quality of education is something several magazines and companies have done, like U.S. News, Forbes, and Princeton Review. College Confidential is an interesting place to go online to get some unofficial color. However, "the best" for an individual has to do with best fit, in my opinion, not on absolute rankings. Know yourself, then evaluate schools' programs with your interests, strengths, and goals in mind. Considerations beyond class size include research in your interest areas, what extracurricular opportunities are available, environmental fit, what is the attitude of students on campus when you visit toward their school, etc. While I agree that you can prepare yourself well at many colleges, there are a few things the Ivies do especially well, like meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need. They have very active alumni networks which can help in getting a job or internship. They are rigorous and offer great opportunities for hearing world renowned speakers. They are on the cutting edge of research in various disciplines. They can also be stressful environments for some. I encourage you to visit the campuses, research the majors and specialties at each, talk to current students and alumni at each, and consider your personality and priorities rather than just a magazine ranking before deciding which may be the best fit for you. This applies whether you are looking at an Ivy or any college.