US Universities

Ivy League Universities

The Ivy League is a collection of 8 north-east American universities whose sports teams play in a college league. However, due to the high academic standards of these schools, the term has become associated with academic excellence in the country.

Brown UniversityHarvard University
Columbia UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Cornell University Princeton University
Dartmouth College Yale University

Little Ivies

‘Little Ivies’ refers to the small, high quality and expensive private universities in the northeast that are not part of the official ‘Ivy League’ list.

Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts)Lafayette College (Easton, Pennsylvania)
Bates College (Lewiston, Maine)Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vermont)
Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine)Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania)
Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut)
Colgate University (Hamilton, New York) Tufts University (Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts)
Connecticut College (New London, Connecticut)Union College (Schenectady, New York)
Colby College (Waterville, Maine) Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York)
Hamilton College (Clinton, New York)Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut)
Haverford College (Haverford, Pennsylvania) Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts)

Public Ivies

The term ‘Public Ivy’ is given to high quality US universities that are publically funded, providing education many believe as good as the private ‘Ivy League’ schools but at a less expensive price.

College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)
Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) (Atlanta, Georgia)University of Florida (Gainsville, Florida)
Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, Illinois)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan) University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
New College of Florida (Sarasota, Florida)University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State”) (State College, Pennsylvania)University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (“Rutgers”) (New Brunswick, New Jersey)University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
State University of New York at Binghamton (“Binghamton”) (Binghamton, New York)University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)
University of California (various campuses, California) University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont)
University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)University of Virgina (Charlottesville, Virginia)
University of Connecticut (Storrs, Connecticut) University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)
University of Wisconsin – Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)


Atlanta, Georgia University of Georgia (Athens, 113km NE)
Georgia State University
Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”)
Austin, Texas University of Texas
Southwestern University
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Instistute of Technology (“MIT”)
Harvard University
Tufts University
Wellesley College
Charlotte, North Carolina Davidson College
University of North Carolina
Charlottesville, Virginia University of Virginia
Chicago, Illinois Northwestern University
University of Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology
DePaul University
Loyola University
Cincinnati, Ohio Miami University (Oxford, 64km NW)
Columbus, Ohio Ohio State University
Ohio University (Athens, 105km SE)
Denver, Colorado Colorado School of Mines (Golden, 19km E)
Detroit, Michigan University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 56km W)
Houston, Texas Rice University
Kansas City, Missouri University of Missouri
Los Angeles, California California Institute of Technology (“CalTech”)
University of California Los Angeles (“UCLA”)
University of Southern California (“USC”)
Miami, Florida University of Miami
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Marquette University
University of Wisconsin – Madison (Madison, 124km W)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Minneapolis, Minnesota Macalester College
University of Minnesota
Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt University
New Orleans, Louisiana Tulane University
New York, New York Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut, 129km NE)
Columbia University
Cornell University
New York University
University of Rochester
Vassar College
Orlando, Florida University of Central Florida
Rollins College (Winter Park, NE Orlando)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey, 72km NE)
University of Pennsylvania
Swarthmore College
Haverford College
Bryn Mawr College
Phoenix, Arizona Arizona State University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Carnegie Mellon
University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State”) (State College, 185km E)
Portland, Oregon Reed College
Providence, Rhode Island Brown University
San Francisco, California Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley (“Berkeley”)
Santa Clara University
St. Louis, Missouri Washington University in St. Louis
Seattle, Washington University of Washington
Washington, District of Columbia Georgetown University
George Washington University
Howard University

University Rankings

Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education Rankings