Is Duke University in the Ivy League

The universities of the Ivy League and others

The most prestigious and well-known universities in the US are also known as "Ivy League" universities. Originally, this group of universities was formed through a college sports conference hosted by the eight universities. But over time, they have also become known for their academic achievements.

Ivy League universities

  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. The university was founded in 1764 as a college in the English colony of Rhode Island in the Providence area, making it the seventh oldest institution in the United States. There are currently around 6500 students enrolled here in a bachelor's program and around 2500 in graduate programs.
  • Columbia University, New York City, New York. This university was founded in 1754, then called King’s College. It was renamed in 1784 and is best known for issuing the Pulitzer Prize. Columbia University currently has more than 28,000 students enrolled, around 18,000 of whom are in graduate programs.
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 as a non-denominational community education institution, the university now teaches 14,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students from all 50 American states and from more than 122 countries.
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth was founded as a research institution in 1769 and was relatively unknown until the 20th century. Today over 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students attend the university, making Dartmouth the smallest university in the Ivy League.
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is arguably the best-known and most prestigious university in the USA. Founded in 1636, the university is known as the oldest higher education institution in the states. Today there are more than 7,000 undergraduate and 14,000 graduate students at Harvard.
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton is a research university that was originally founded as the College of New Jersey in 1746. Then in 1756 it was renamed the College of Princeton and finally became Princeton University in 1896. Today Princeton has more than 7,000 students, around 2,000 of whom are in graduate programs.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This university was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Frankrlin and was the first university in the colonies to specialize in practical training in the fields of trade and public relations as well as in the more liberal arts (theology, classical). Today about 21,000 students study at the UPenn, the division between Bachelor and Graduate students is about half a half.
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Yale was founded in 1701 to train ecclesiastical and political leaders for the Connecticut colony. There are currently around 11,000 students studying at Yale, with an even split between undergraduate and graduate students.

If you are looking for more information about the universities of the Ivy League, you can check their websites. International students from all over the world attend these universities for their notoriety and the high quality of education that one can enjoy when attending one of these universities. If you are interested in the sporty side of the Ivy League, you can also take a look at the Ivy League Sports homepage.

Other well-known universities in the USA

There are quite a few well-known and recognized universities in the US that are not in the Ivy League. The universities below provide a brief overview of some of the most famous and recognized universities in the United States.

  • Williams College. Williams College is a private educational institution founded in 1793 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. A total of 2,052 Bachelor students are enrolled there; in 2014 it was approved by the U.S. News and World Report voted number one national liberal arts college.
  • Villanova University. Villanova is a Catholic university in Villanova, PA and is considered one of the best universities for undergraduate education in the United States.
  • Elon University. Elon is recognized as one of the best universities on the east coast of the United States and has a strong focus on the success and engagement of its students. The university is located in Elon, North Carolina.
  • Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania State University is known as Penn State and is located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The facility was founded in 1855 and has 39,192 enrolled undergraduate students. The university also has a number of smaller campuses in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Stanford University. Stanford University is a private institution in Stanford, California (in the San Francisco Bay area) and was founded in 1885. There are currently 7,063 Bachelor students enrolled there.
  • University of Chicago. The University of Chicago is a private educational institution in Chicago, Illinois. The university was founded in 1890. A total of around 5,590 Bachelor students are enrolled there every year.
  • Duke University. Duke University is a private university in Durham, North Carolina and was founded in 1838. Every year 6,655 undergraduate students and a number of graduate students are enrolled there.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a private educational institution with more than 5,000 students per year. The university was founded in 1861.

This is just a small selection of the myriad of great universities that can be found in the United States. With almost 5,000 universities to choose from, you're likely to be taken by surprise at the beginning. But most universities in the USA can offer you a very good quality of education and you will certainly not regret having attended them.

Are you looking for more information about the best colleges and universities in the USA, or do you just want to know more about the education system in America? The U.S. News and World Report compiles a list of the best universities in the United States each year. You can also find out more about universities in the United States by visiting the College Board. Have fun browsing and searching.