30 Facts About Ivy League


Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising eight private research universities in the Northeastern United States.

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The term Ivy League is typically used beyond the sports context to refer to the eight schools as a group of elite colleges with connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

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Ivy League schools are viewed as some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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All eight Ivy League schools are members of the Association of American Universities, the most prestigious alliance of American research universities.

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Ivy League is similar to other groups of universities in other countries such as, the Grande Ecoles in France, Oxbridge in the United Kingdom, the C9 League in China, and the Imperial Universities in Japan.

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Ivy League universities have some of the largest university financial endowments in the world, allowing the universities to provide abundant resources for their academic programs, financial aid, and research endeavors.

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Ivy League planting ceremonies are recorded at Yale, Simmons College, and Bryn Mawr College among other schools.

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The supposed "IV Ivy League" was formed over a century ago and consisted of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and a fourth school that varies depending on who is telling the story.

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Seven out of the eight Ivy League schools are Colonial Colleges: institutions of higher education founded prior to the American Revolution.

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In 1930, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton and Yale formed the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball Ivy League; they were later joined by Harvard, Brown, Army and Navy.

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The earliest reference to the "Ivy League colleges" came in 1933, when Stanley Woodward of the New York Herald Tribune used it to refer to the eight current members plus Army.

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Athletic authorities of the so-called "Ivy League" are considering drastic measures to curb the increasing tendency toward riotous attacks on goal posts and other encroachments by spectators on playing fields.

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Ivy League exists already in the minds of a good many of those connected with football, and we fail to see why the seven schools concerned should be satisfied to let it exist as a purely nebulous entity where there are so many practical benefits which would be possible under definite organized association.

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In 1982 the Ivy League considered adding two members, with Army, Navy, and Northwestern as the most likely candidates; if it had done so, the league could probably have avoided being moved into the recently created Division I-AA for football.

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Ivy League was the first athletic conference to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by shutting down all athletic competition in March 2020, leaving many Spring schedules unfinished.

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In 2021, all eight Ivy League schools recorded record high numbers of applications and record low acceptance rates.

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Further, Ivy League members have produced many Nobel laureates and winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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The governing body of the Ivy League is the Council of Ivy Group presidents, composed of each university president.

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Ivy League style is a style of men's dress, popular during the late 1950s, believed to have originated on Ivy League campuses.

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The Ivy League style is said to be the predecessor to the preppy style of dress.

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Ivy League is often associated with the upper class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community of the Northeast, Old money, or more generally, the American upper middle and upper classes.

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Phrases such as "Ivy League snobbery" are ubiquitous in nonfiction and fiction writing of the early and mid-twentieth century.

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Phrase Ivy League historically has been perceived as connected not only with academic excellence but with social elitism.

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Ivy League champions are recognized in sixteen men's and sixteen women's sports.

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The Ivy League is one of only two Division I conferences which award their official basketball championships solely on regular-season results; the other is the Southeastern Conference.

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Since its inception, an Ivy League school has yet to win either the men's or women's Division I NCAA basketball tournament.

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However, since its inception in 1956, the Ivy League has not played any postseason games due to concerns about the extended December schedule's effects on academics.

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The Ivy League plays a strict 10-game schedule, compared to other FCS members' schedules of 11 regular season games, plus post-season, which expanded in 2013 to five rounds with 24 teams, with a bye week for the top eight teams.

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Ivy League is home to some of the oldest college rugby teams in the United States.

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Term Ivy League Plus is sometimes used to refer to the original eight institutions plus several other schools for purposes of alumni associations, university consortia, or endowment comparisons.

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