IVY Leauge

Ivy League Universities

The Ivy League universities in United States are the eight selective private institutions in the Northeast that make up the Ivy League Athletic Conference. Right from 1960 these Ivy League universities gained a widespread reputation for producing graduates with high academic performances, social prestige, and promising career futures. They also gained more funding and gained popularity and admission became increasingly more demanding and rigorous.

Over time, the term “Ivy League” became synonymous with prestigious colleges. Though there are many prestigious colleges across the United States which are mistaken for Ivy League schools, the eight original schools which make up the Ivy Leagues are: 

 Harvard University (Massachusetts)

 Yale University (Connecticut)

 Princeton University (New Jersey)

 Columbia University (New York)

 Brown University (Rhode Island)

 Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)

 University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)

 Cornell University (New York)

Even today, these universities maintain their reputation, and they have a large presenceamong the top-ranked universities in the U.S. Although the Ivy League is often used synonymously with “best colleges”, there are a number of other institutions that are just as academically and reputational elite.

Members of the League have been highly ranked by various university rankings. All of the Ivy League schools are consistently ranked within the top 20 national universities by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges RankingThe Wall Street Journal rankings place all eight of the universities within the top 15 in the country. Further, Ivy League members have produced many Nobel laureates and winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

The Ivy League is similar to other groups of universities in other countries such as Oxbridge in the United Kingdom, the C9 League in China, the Group of Eight (Go8) in Australia and the Imperial Universities in Japan

Note: Some universitis such as  StanfordM.I.T., and Caltech - are not technically Ivy League schools, but tend to enjoy a similar reputation and social status.