Ivy League: the 8 most sought-after universities in the United States

It is common to hear in American series and movies about students who want to pursue their university careers in some university of the famous Ivy League. This name could be translated as Ivy League and refers to a sports conference that takes place between 8 universities in the northeast of the country.

Although it is true that the eight institutions that make up the Ivy League are among the most prestigious, exclusive and elite in the country, they are not the only ones in terms of academic excellence. In fact, for some years now the top positions in terms of the best universities in the world have been taken by other American centers. However, the Ivy League will always be in the world elite.

This university league is also known as “the old eight”, since what they have in common, in addition to being private and ultra-expensive centers of academic excellence, is that they are the oldest universities in the United States. All except Cornell were founded during colonial times. They have studied very important personalities in all areas.

Ivy League universities are always in the rankings of the best universities in the world. In fact, Harvard and Princeton have been the main contenders for the podium for years. But 6 years ago, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) snuck into first place and has been there ever since. In 2017, MIT was recognized as the best center for higher education on the planet, closely followed by Stanford University in California and Harvard in Boston. This list is prepared by Quacquarelli Symons (QS), every year.

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The Ivy League Universities

1.Brown University

Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and was founded in 1764. It admits only 9% of students who apply and is based on a lock-in policy, admitting only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the country .

2.Columbia University

One of the most important universities in New York. Barack Obama, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt studied here. The university was founded in 1754 and each year they admit only 7% of the students who want to enter. Studying at Columbia can cost more than $50,000 a year.

3. Cornell University

Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York. It is the youngest of all those that make up the Ivy League, since it was founded in 1865. It has one of the best engineering faculties in the world.

4. Dartmouth College

Hanover is the New Hampshire town in which Darmouth is located. It was founded in 1769 and is very demanding in the admission of new students. Although it is true that it has some scholarships for international students.

5.Harvard University

Harvard is the oldest university in the United States. Its foundation dates back to 1636, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Harvard accounts there are more than 35,000 million dollars, which makes it one of the most profitable on the planet. They only admit 6% of the candidates to study there and it is one of the most elite.

6. Princeton University

Princeton is located in New Jersey and was founded in the year 1746. It is always at the top of the world ranking of the best universities. 7% of the students who apply to enter this faculty are admitted.

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7. University of Pennsylvania

In Philadelphia there is the UPenn, as it is known daily. Benjamin Franklin was part of the founding of this elite university. It was founded in the year 1740.

8. Yale University

Yale is the third oldest university in the United States. It was founded in 1701 in New Haven, Connecticut. In its beginnings it only offered courses in theology and sacred languages. Today it is one of the best universities in the world. Their elitism is such that they only admit 7% of the students.

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