The Ivy League

Formed in the 1950s, the Ivy League was an athletic conference between eight of the oldest private universities in the northeastern US. There is a reputation of prestige among these institutions, and many of them regularly feature towards the top of ranking tables.

The Ivy League universities are:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University

Some of the Ivies are more competitive for admission than the universities of Oxford or Cambridge. The Ivy League is not synonymous with the Russell Group, and there are lots of other equally well-respected and prestigious universities in the USA.

It's more important to find your FIT so make sure you don't focus only on applying to the universities you have heard of. If you're flexible, strategic and open-minded, you stand a much better chance of securing a place and funding at a university that is truly a great fit for you and what you want out of your university experience.