White people have a tortured relationship with the Ivy Leagues, and if you broach the subject in the wrong way you can offend and even anger a white person.
But before getting into the more nuanced aspects of the subject, it’s important to know that all white people believe they have the intelligence and work ethic required to attend an Ivy League school. The only reason they did not actually go to one is that they chose not to participate in the “dog and pony show” required to gain acceptance… This should always be at the back of your mind as you talk to a white person about the Ivy League.
Once you have determined that a white person did not attend an Ivy League School, you should try to give them the opportunity to explain why their school was actually a superior educational experience. Some easy ways to do this are to mention grade inflation, professors who value research over teaching, or high tuition costs. Any one of these will set a white person off on a multi-minute rant.
…White people also like to call their school “The Harvard of the [insert region or conference]”. Do not challenge this, it will ruin their confidence.
Replace “white people” with “elite New England liberal arts school students” and it is just as effective. Sorry if this post offends you, either as a white person or as a Wesleyan student.
Stuff White People Like: The Ivy League