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A Short Introduction to Ivy League

Hello readers, it has been long since I have posted any article regarding Ivy League or anything relevant. Universities residing in Ivy League happens to be the most prestigious universities not only in the United States but also all over the world. There is not even a single person available who is concerned about the US University admission does not know about Ivy League and how important it is to the peers of admission councils. This prestigious council has created a whole level of alumni communities all over the world who are absolutely dominating not only the job-world but also the world of business, politics, governance as well as free market. Today in my article I am going to make a very short introduction regarding this very prestigious cluster of educational institutions and later on give a short intro regarding each and every university individually.


The Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The term Ivy League is typically used to refer to those eight schools as a group of elite colleges beyond the sports context. The eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism. While the term was in use as early as 1933, it became official only after the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954. Seven of the eight schools were founded during the colonial period (Cornell was founded in 1865), and thus account for seven of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The other two colonial colleges Rutgers University and the College of William & Mary became public institutions instead.

Members of Ivy Leagues

Ivy League universities have some of the largest university financial endowments in the world, which allows the universities to provide many resources for their academic programs and research endeavors. As of 2018, Harvard University has an endowment of $38.3 billion, the highest of any U.S. educational institution. Additionally, each university receives millions of dollars in research grants and other subsidies from federal and state governments.

InstitutionLocationAthletic nicknameUndergraduatesGraduates2018 endowmentAcademic staff
Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode IslandBears6,6703,061$3.60 billion736
Columbia UniversityNew York City, New YorkLions8,86820,116$10.87 billion3,763
Cornell UniversityIthaca, New YorkBig Red15,1828,418$7.23 billion2,908
Dartmouth CollegeHanover, New HampshireBig Green4,3102,099$5.49 billion571
Harvard UniversityCambridge, MassachusettsCrimson6,69913,120$38.30 billion4,671
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaQuakers10,49611,013$13.78 billion4,464
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, New JerseyTigers5,3942,879$25.92 billion1,172
Yale UniversityNew Haven, ConnecticutBulldogs5,4536,859$29.35 billion4,140
Year founded
InstitutionFoundedFounding affiliation
Harvard University1636 as New CollegeCalvinist (Congregationalist Puritans)
Yale University1701 as Collegiate SchoolCalvinist (Congregationalist)
University of Pennsylvania1740 as Unnamed Charity SchoolNonsectarian, founded by Church of England/Methodists members
Princeton University1746 as College of New JerseyNonsectarian, founded by Calvinist Presbyterians
Columbia University1754 as King’s CollegeChurch of England
Brown University1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence PlantationsBaptist, founding charter promises “no religious tests” and “full liberty of conscience”
Dartmouth College1769Calvinist (Congregationalist)
Cornell University1865Nonsectarian

Cornell University

Founded1865By Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White.
Opened1868Morrill Hall was the first building constructed on the main Ithaca campus, which today includes 608 buildings on more than 2000 acres.
IdentityPrivate university, public missionCornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, a member of the Ivy League/Ancient Eight, and a partner of the State University of New York. It has been described as the first truly American university because of its founders’ revolutionarily egalitarian and practical vision of higher education, and is dedicated to its land-grant mission of outreach and public service.
Colleges and schools15Eight undergraduate units and four graduate and professional units in Ithaca, two medical graduate and professional units in New York City, and one in Doha, Qatar. The Cornell Tech campus in New York City is the latest addition.

Regular and part-time faculty and employees. Staff include non-professorial academic employees (instruction, research, extension, and library) and non academic employees. Ithaca campus only (includes Cornell Tech).

Total university23,600

Student enrollment include all on-campus and off campus registrants and participants in employee degree programs. Students registered as in absentia are not included. Ithaca campus only (includes Cornell Tech). “Professional” schools are Law, Johnson School of Management and the Veterinary School.



“Minority” includes Asian, Black, Hispanic, American Indian and multi-racial students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Ithaca campus only (includes Cornell Tech).

New England7%
USA, unknown3%

Includes undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Ithaca campus only (includes Cornell Tech). Student home region at time of matriculation. “Middle States” region includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington D.C.

Bachelor’s degrees3,675
Master’s degrees2,759
PhD, JSD and DMA540
Total university7,269

Degrees granted from July 1 – to June 30th. Ithaca and Roosevelt Island (Cornell Tech) campuses only. Data as of 12/19/2018

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, it is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Although founded as a school to educate Native Americans in Christian theology and the English way of life, Dartmouth primarily trained Congregationalist ministers throughout its early history before it gradually secularized, emerging at the turn of the 20th century from relative obscurity into national prominence.

Following a liberal arts curriculum, the university provides undergraduate instruction in 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs including 57 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, and enables students to design specialized concentrations or engage in dual degree programs. Dartmouth comprises five constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, and the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. The university also has affiliations with the Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center, the Rockefeller Institute for Public Policy, and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. With a student enrollment of about 6,400, Dartmouth is the smallest university in the Ivy League. Undergraduate admissions are highly competitive, with an acceptance rate of 7.9% for the Class of 2023.

Situated on a terrace above the Connecticut River, Dartmouth’s 269-acre main campus is in the rural Upper Valley region of New England. The university functions on a quarter system, operating year-round on four ten-week academic terms. Dartmouth is known for its undergraduate focus, strong Greek culture, and wide array of enduring campus traditions. Its 34 varsity sports teams compete intercollegiate in the Ivy League conference of the NCAA Division I.

Dartmouth is consistently included among the highest-ranked universities in the United States by several institutional rankings, and has been cited as a leading university for undergraduate teaching and research by U.S. News & World Report. In 2018, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education listed Dartmouth as the only “majority-undergraduate”, “arts-and-sciences focused”, “doctoral university” in the country that has “some graduate coexistence” and “very high research activity”.

In its history, the university has produced many prominent alumni, including 170 members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, 24 U.S. governors, 10 billionaire alumni, 10 U.S. Cabinet secretaries, 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 U.S. Supreme Court justices, and a U.S. vice president. Other notable alumni include 79 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Marshall Scholarship recipients, 13 Pulitzer Prize winners, and numerous MacArthur Genius fellows, Fulbright Scholars, CEOs and founders of Fortune 500 corporations, high-ranking U.S. diplomats, scholars in academia, literary and media figures, professional athletes, and Olympic medalists.


That’s it for today. In my next article I am going to make a very short intro to other Ivy League Universities such as: University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Brown University,
Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University. Till then, happy reading!!!

A Short Introduction to Ivy League
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