The eight Ivy League schools are Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Princeton University and Cornell University. The Ivy League is an intercollegiate conference that was founded in February 1954, according to the Ivy League Sports website.
The conference originally began in 1945 and included only football, but in 1954 it was expanded to include all sports. The name Ivy League was first hinted at when a sports writer referred to the schools as Ivy colleges in an article for the New York Herald Tribune in 1933. Ivy League schools are also known for being selective and elite, with over half the institutions having acceptance rates of 10 percent or less. Ivy League schools are regarded highly for their academics and faculty.
Harvard University was the first institution in the Ivy League. Harvard was founded in 1836 and is located in Boston, Mass. Harvard's rival, Yale University, was founded in 1702 and is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Princeton University is located in Princeton, New Jersey and was created in 1746. Philadelphia, Penn. is home to the University of Pennsylvania, which was established in 1740. In 1746, Brown University was founded in Providence, R.I. Dartmouth College is located in Hanover, N.H. and was created in 1769. In 1754, Columbia University was established in New York City. Ithaca, N.Y. is home to Cornell University, which was founded in 1865.