The 5 most prestigious universities in the United States:

Harvard University
Yale University
Princeton University
Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Admissions to HYPSM is extremely competitive.
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Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT
i.e. Prestigious American universities.
I know this really smart guy. He got into HYPSM
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This stands for Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT.
There are plenty of Asians at HYPSM and their peer institutions.
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Top schools used by Americans in the US: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT.

However, schools like Berkeley and Caltech are equal to or more well-known than Princeton in terms of prestige and clout internationally and arguably domestically.
Princeton kids say, “yeah, I go to HYPSM,” or “oh, I go to the number 1 school on USNews,” but never say that “they go to Princeton” when abroad directly to college bound folks because HYPSM is more well known and not accurate.
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