1) When I referred to an "Ivy League mindset" I was referring to the top schools. UC Berkeley falls into that category of "top school."
2) You can do groundbreaking research at any top 10 school. Once you get outside of the top 20s, you start running into funding issues.
3) I noticed you picked schools that are highly ranked.
IS AN IVY LEAGUE education worth the money?
This premise is ********. I didn't read past that as it's typical mindless propaganda. Barely no one at an Ivy League pays the full price. (Or any school for that matter) E.g. At Harvard, if your parents make under 60k, you go for free. 60-250k, 1/10th the income.