Who are the Ivy League colleges? What makes them special?
Ivy League universities in the United States began as an alliance of eight highly selective private research universities in the Northeast.
The Ivy League universities were originally a collection of competing athletic colleges, but the name is now used to refer to the eight academically outstanding schools.
The eight member colleges of the Ivy League are-
1. Harvard University (Massachusetts)
Harvard is a leading research university with extensive doctoral programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and medicine. Harvard is also a non-profit organization and a founding member of the Association of American Universities.
Yale University (Connecticut) | Michael Marsland
2. Yale University (Connecticut)
Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, is renowned for its excellent theater and music programs. These programs extend outside of the classroom through student organizations such as the Yale Dramatic Association and the Yale Whiffenpoofs, a well-known a cappella group.
3. Princeton University (New Jersey)
One of the oldest colleges in the nation, Princeton consistently ranks among the top universities in the United States and the rest of the world. The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, one of Princeton’s best-known institutions, is frequently cited as one of the best schools to study public policy and international relations.
4. Columbia University (New York)
By royal license issued by King George II of England, the college was established in 1754 as King’s College. In 1784 Columbia College was renamed after the United States was granted freedom. The Pulitzer Prize is a recognition of excellence in writing, literature, and musical composition that is awarded annually by Columbia University.
5. University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)
Ben Franklin, who also served as college president, founded UPenn in 1740. The school is often called the “Social Ivy” because students lead active lives outside of the classroom. Four of UPenn’s 12 schools offer undergraduate programs. Its Wharton School ranks among the best business schools in the world.
6. Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)
Dartmouth is renowned for its demanding academics, Ivy League reputation, and intimate class sizes, on the one hand. In contrast, the college is well known for its rural location, outdoor atmosphere, and Greek life.
7. Brown University (Rhode Island)
Brown places great emphasis on students who have distinct intellectual interests and who would benefit most from an open program. Brown also pays a lot of attention to extracurricular activities and tryouts. Students who participate in the liberal arts are valued at Brown, including those who wish to major in STEM.
8. Cornell University (New York)
Cornell’s schools of hotel management, engineering, and architecture are particularly well-regarded. Some students seek concurrent degrees – also called dual degrees – at multiple schools and colleges. More than a third of Cornell students participate in global initiatives such as Cornell faculty-led summer and winter programs, academic exchanges, and global programs.