Which are the Elite Tier 1 schools?
Watching both the 5/27 and 5/29 presentations, Tier 1 Elite research colleges were designated differently. The Wednesday presentation included: Vanderbilt, Rice, Wash U, UC Berkeley, Georgetown, Carnegie Melon and Columbia. The Friday presentation had most of these as Tier II (and Columbia wasn't on at all). Interested in where Vanderbilt really belongs. Thanks.
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The distinctions are largely subjective, and I think it likely had to do with what the person making the presentation was trying to convey. My guess for Columbia though is that omitting it was an error—it should have been listed along with the other Ivies, in whatever tier they were in. As for where the other schools "really belong," there isn't really a hard and fast rule. Different people will tell you different things. The closest to an objective classification that exists is the "research level" of a university based on the level of research done there, but that's a much more expansive ranking (e.g., there are 131 "R1" universities, including schools like Arizona State and Auburn. If you're curious, you can find that info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_research_universities_in_the_United_States.
I am not sure how to answer this question. If you are asking about sports, you can find a link on the NCAA webpage.
In terms of research schools, there is no universal gold metric standard for ranking them into Tiers. In general, the most prestigious research Universities would be T20 (top 20 universities) on metrics such as US News and World Report. The top 50-100 schools are relatively prestigious as well.
In terms of Vanderbilt, it would really depend on the program. Vanderbilt, for instance, ranks very high in Business and Biology, but not that great in Physics or Mathematics.
So there is no real, solid, way to answer this question.