Ivy League

Ivy League
Ivy League logo
Established 1954
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
Members 8
Sports fielded
  • 33
    • men's: 17
    • women's: 16
Region Northeast
Headquarters Princeton, New Jersey
Commissioner Robin Harris[1] (since 2009)
Website ivyleaguesports.com
Ivy League locations

The Ivy League is a collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The conference name is also commonly used to refer to those eight schools as a group beyond the sports context.[2] The eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. The term 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.[3] Seven of the eight schools were founded during the United States colonial period; Cornell was founded in 1865. Ivy League institutions account for seven of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution; the other two are Rutgers University and the College of William & Mary.

Ivy League schools are generally viewed as some of the most prestigious, and are ranked among the best universities worldwide by U.S. News & World Report.[4] All eight universities place in the top fifteen of the U.S. News & World Report 2017 national university rankings, including the top four schools and five of the top eight.[5] U.S. News has named a member of the Ivy League as the best national university in each of the past seventeen years ending with the 2017 rankings: Princeton ten times, Harvard twice, and the two schools tied for first five times.

Undergraduate enrollments range from about 4,000 to 14,000,[6] making them larger than those of a typical private liberal arts college and smaller than a typical public state university. Total enrollments, including graduate students, range from approximately 6,400 at Dartmouth to over 20,000 at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, and Penn. Ivy League financial endowments range from Brown's $3.5 billion to Harvard's $34.5 billion,[7] the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world.[8]

Locations of Ivy League universities
  1. ^ "Executive Director Robin Harris". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Princeton Campus Guide – Ivy League". Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Ivy League History and Timeline". Archived from the original on 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  4. ^ "World's Best Colleges". Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  5. ^ "National University Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  6. ^ Dartmouth and Cornell respectively
  7. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value" (published Jan. 28, 2014). "National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)". Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
  8. ^ "10 Private Universities With Largest Financial Endowments". Retrieved 2012-01-09. 

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