The whole idea of 'Public Ivy' is one of the more stupid inventions of modern times. There are good public schools, but there are only eight schools in the Ivy League, and there hasn't been an effort to add another one for a long, long time. Whether schools such as MIT, Stanford, CIT, UChicago, etc. etc... are as good as Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown...is irrelevant, because MIT, CIT, and UofC play Division III athletics, which could not compete against Ivy League competition, while Stanford is in the Pac-10, which is too competitive for the low-D1 Ivy League. Students at these four schools (and others including Hopkins, Duke, etc. among research schools and Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore, Pomona, Haverford, W&L, etc. among LACs) probably don't have any insecurities about their school not being 'Ivy League,' because they know it is either almost as good, as good, or better than some Ivies. Same goes for schools like Berkeley, UCLA, UVA, UNC, W&M, Michigan (probably the six publics with the strongest UG reputations)...no Ivy label necessary, the schools are just good.