Look out Harvard, CMU's a 'New Ivy'
Carnegie Mellon University has been dubbed one of 25 "New Ivies," according to a guidebook scheduled to go on sale Monday.
"There are truly many excellent schools that don't have to be in the Northeast or have ivy growing up their walls," said Annette Riffle, a contributing editor to the 2007 Kaplan/Newsweek "How to Get into College Guide."
She said the list recognizes some excellent universities that used to be backup schools but are now first choices. The schools were chosen on the basis of their selectivity and observations by admissions officers, faculty, alumni and students.
"Some of these schools on the list may have been known in the local community for quite a while," Riffle said. "Now that reputation is preceding these schools beyond just the local market."
Carnegie Mellon is the only Pennsylvania school on the list. Other private schools on the list are New York University and Washington University in St. Louis and public institutions such as UCLA, the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan.
"We're pleased to be described as a 'New Ivy' in the recent Kaplan/Newsweek guide and for past recognition in the guide for our campus technology and our student placement efforts," Carnegie Mellon spokeswoman Teresa Thomas said.
Previous Kaplan/Newsweek guides cited Carnegie Mellon in listings for "Hottest for Getting a Job" and "Most Tech Savvy."
The 2007 guide notes that Carnegie Mellon received 18,864 applications last year and admitted just 6,357 students. It gives high marks to the university's drama, engineering and technical programs and its entrepreneurial spirit.
"A number of students and alumni have created companies," Riffle said. "That energy seems to come from the CMU environment."
She credited Pittsburgh for giving Carnegie Mellon a boost in the rankings.
"The city of Pittsburgh helped it stand out," she said. "Students said good things about being in a city environment without the hustle and bustle of a New York or Chicago."
The 264-page guide is published jointly by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a test preparation company, and Newsweek magazine. Both companies are subsidiaries of The Washington Post Co.