There are eight Ivy League colleges: Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia College, Princeton University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania. The Ivy League was founded in 1954 as a college athletic conference. The term was first used to describe the colleges in the early 1930s by New York Herald Tribune sportswriter Stanley Woodward.
The Ivy League schools are considered some of the highest academic schools in the United States. All eight are in the top sixteen of the 2015 U.S. News & World Report university rankings. Dartmouth College is the smallest Ivy League school with an enrollment of 4,248 undergraduates, as of 2015. Dartmouth is located in Hanover, NH.
Harvard University, located in Cambridge, MA, is considered one of the most selective Ivies, with a typical acceptance rate of 5.9 percent. Cornell University is located in Ithaca, NY. It has the largest number of undergraduate students, 13,931.
The University of Pennsylvania is the only public Ivy League school. It is located in Philadelphia and has an acceptance rate around 9.9 percent. Brown University was founded in 1764 by the Baptists. It is located in Providence, RI. Yale University is located in New Haven, CT. It has an enrollment of 5,275, as of 2015, and its athletic nickname is the Bulldogs.
Columbia College was founded by the Church of England in 1754. It is located in New York City and has an undergraduate enrollment of around 7,160. Its athletic nickname is the Lions. Princeton University is located in Princeton, NJ. It has a typical acceptance rate of 7.3 percent. It was founded in 1746.