Ivy League Schools

College Admissions Information for Some of the Most Elite U.S. Universities

Yale University campus
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The eight Ivy League schools are some of the most selective colleges in the United States, and they also rank among the country's top private universities. Each one of these universities has top-ranked academics and an award-winning faculty. The members of the Ivy League can also boast of beautiful and historic campuses.

If you're planning to apply to any of the Ivy League schools, be realistic about your chances of being admitted. Any university with single-digit acceptance rates should be considered a reach school, even if your grades and standardized test scores are on target for admission.​ SAT scores and ACT scores for the Ivy League tend to be in the top percentile or two. Using a free tool at Cappex, you can calculate your chances of being admitted.

Brown University

Brown University
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Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown is the second smallest of the Ivies, and the school has more of an undergraduate focus than universities such as Harvard and Yale. 

Columbia University

Columbia University
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Located in Upper Manhattan, Columbia can be an excellent choice for students looking for an urban college experience. Columbia is also one of the largest of the Ivies, and it has a close relationship with neighboring Barnard College.

Cornell University

Cornell University Sage Hall
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Cornell's hillside location in Ithaca, New York, gives it stunning views of Cayuga Lake. The university has one of the top engineering and top hotel management programs in the country. It also has the largest undergraduate population of all the Ivy League schools.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College
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If you want a quintessential college town with its central green and charming restaurants, cafés, and bookstores, Dartmouth's home of Hanover, New Hampshire, should be appealing. Dartmouth is the smallest of the Ivies, but don't be fooled by its name: It is a comprehensive university, not a "college."

Harvard University

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Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with dozens of other colleges and universities in the Boston area, Harvard University is the most selective of the Ivy League Schools as well as the most selective university in the country.

Princeton University

Princeton University
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Princeton's campus in New Jersey makes both New York City and Philadelphia an easy day trip. Like Dartmouth, Princeton is on the smaller side and has more of an undergraduate focus than many of the Ivies.

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
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Penn is one of the larger Ivy League schools, and it has a roughly equal population of undergraduate and graduate students. Its campus in West Philadelphia is just a short walk to Center City. Penn's Wharton School is one of the top business schools in the country.

Yale University

Yale University
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Yale is close to Harvard and Stanford with its painfully low acceptance rate. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale also has an even larger endowment than Harvard when measured in relation to enrollment numbers.

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