There are eight universities in the prestigious Ivy League. It is important to note that not all top American universities are members of the Ivy League, which is more of a heritage association than an academic association. The Ivy League excludes top universities like Stanford University and MIT, which rank above Brown, Cornell and Pennsylvania.
The Ivy League started out as an athletic association in 1954 but is now known for its social elitism and selectivity in admissions. These eight universities are privately-owned and rank in the top 1% of the world’s academic institutions in terms of endowments. Academic results alone will not qualify you for the Ivy League; you need money and alumni connections as well.
The Ivy League universities boast academic excellence and a large number of students from good family backgrounds. President Bill Clinton and President Bush graduated from Yale University, for instance.
The 8 Ivy League Universities
- Brown University (brown.edu)
- Columbia University (columbia.edu)
- Cornell University (cornell.edu)
- Dartmouth College (dartmouth.edu)
- Harvard University (harvard.edu)
- Princeton University (princeton.edu)
- University of Pennsylvania (upenn.edu)
- Yale University (yale.edu)