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U.S. Ivy League Colleges

Can you name the schools in the Ivy League plus the Seven Sisters?
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First submittedDecember 20, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 15, 2019
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Ivy League
Brown
Columbia
Cornell
Dartmouth
Harvard
Pennsylvania
Princeton
Yale
Seven Sisters
Barnard
Bryn Mawr
Mount Holyoke
Radcliffe
Smith
Vassar
Wellesley
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level 44
Apr 13, 2011
wat r seven sisters?
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level 70
Sep 24, 2016
Does it really require so much extra effort to type "what are" instead of.....ah, never mind. SMH. Why is it so hot in here, and what am I doing in this handbag?
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level 76
Sep 23, 2019
The Seven Sisters were formerly all-women schools in the northeast US which formed an association similar to the Ivy League all-male schools. Two were closely connected with an Ivy League school - Radcliffe-Harvard, and Barnard-Columbia. Others were more independent, but many people consider Smith and Vassar as affiliated with Yale. Others, such as Bryn Mawr, are affiliated with both Penn and Princeton as well as some non-Ivy League schools.
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level 36
Sep 4, 2011
bryn mawr sounds welsh - will have to google it
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level 36
Dec 21, 2012
it is, it means big hill
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level 67
Aug 4, 2015
There are quite a few places in the Philly area w/Welsh names, courtesy of the Welsh settlers from pre-Revolutionary days.
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level 44
Nov 8, 2011
I got five of the ivy league's just from The OC, Gossip Girl and A Cinderella Story (which was a terrible movie but they mentioned Princeton) - tried every other college I remembered hearing of and none of them came up...
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level 42
Mar 5, 2012
Yes, Bryn Mawr (where I live) is Welsh. It means "big hill". There are lots of Welsh place names here on the Main Line and nearby areas of suburban Philadelphia, including Radnor, St Davids (patron saint of Wales), Bryn Athen, Wynnewood, Gladwyne, Bala Cynwyd (pronounced "kinwood"), Uwchlan (pronounced "yooklan"), Narberth, Merion, Llanerch, Berwyn, and Trediffryn (accent on the "dif"). @TheDads13: not definitely. If you've spent a lot of time in academia, you know these things.
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level 48
Apr 3, 2014
Wait, MIT isn't part of the Ivy League?
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level 32
Apr 19, 2014
No -- the Ivy League is essentially a sports league of some old schools in the northeast. Because those schools are academically strong, the term has tended to be applied colloquially to all academically strong schools (MIT, Stanford, etc.) but they don't compete athletically in the Ivy League.
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level 79
Jul 23, 2015
The Ivy League is, at one level, just a sports league. MIT has never competed at that (middling) level of athletics, at least in the major sports. Also, the Ivies are all traditionally liberal arts schools with strengths in a broad variety of disciplines. MIT has always been tech/engineering centered. Great school but not an Ivy.
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level 77
Dec 20, 2014
MIT is often ranked as the best school in the world bar none, but that doesn't mean it's part of the Ivy League. There are a ton of great schools in the USA that are not part of the Ivy League. Just because all the schools in the Ivy League are also great schools doesn't mean that if you're a great school you're in the Ivy League...
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level 66
Feb 22, 2017
I've never seen MIT ranked as #1. Not sure which source you're using, but MIT is very specialized. Almost certainly the best engineering school along with Caltech, but when all factors are considered Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, Harvard, etc., usually score better.
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level 77
May 27, 2018
Just Google "MIT #1 in the world" you'll find multiple articles over many different years citing several different sources and rankings. I've seen Harvard, Yale, and Oxford all ranked first in the world before. Don't think I've ever seen University College London with that distinction. I even googled it to see if I could find out if I was wrong; didn't find anything.
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level 63
Sep 19, 2019
I agree. MIT, while a great school, is not number one. Its even questionable whether its #1 in engineering. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford all are universally named #1 far more than MIT.
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level 61
Sep 19, 2019
"Best school" is too fluid to truly be useful anyway. If you want to study journalism, you're better off at Northwestern or Syracuse University than you are at Harvard or Yale. University of Iowa has a truly elite English master's program that outranks most of the Ivy League's. When people say "best school," they're talking about the university as a whole (all professors, endowment, prestige in the common parlance, etc.), but if you're a student, your primary concern should be which program you're in and what the resources for that particular program are. Yale may be the best school in the world generally, but its business school is ranked like 18th. So you have 17 better options if you want to study business. Can you really say you're at the best school in the world if you're an MBA student at Yale just because Yale has the best law school? Doesn't add up to me.
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level 61
Sep 19, 2019
Also, shoutout to the University of Chicago, which also gets overlooked in these conversations, but is one of the true global intellectual powerhouses. It's rarely number one in anything, but it is consistently near the top across every discipline. If you measured "best school" by averaging the rankings of each school's individual programs, I suspect U. Chicago would be right near the top.
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level 76
Dec 30, 2016
Two women were in a Boston supermarket watching a student with a full shopping cart standing in the "20 Items or Less" checkout line. One woman turned to the other and said, "I wonder if that is a Harvard student who can't count or an MIT student who can't read?"
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level 66
Aug 26, 2014
Thank you again to The Simpsons for helping me with the Seven Sisters colleges. :D
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level 69
May 27, 2018
Free ride- and a hot plate! (I've had just about enough of your Vassar-bashing, young lady!)
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level 14
Dec 20, 2014
It was kind of hard
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level 33
Dec 25, 2014
Since when are Dartmouth, Cornell Ivy Leagues? And isn't Stanford an Ivy League?
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level 58
Dec 25, 2014
Stanford is a really good college, but it's not in the traditional east so.......
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level 76
Dec 30, 2016
Stanford is in the Pac-12 Conference.
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level 65
Dec 10, 2018
Since the early 1930's when the term "Ivies" first began to be used.
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level 51
Oct 22, 2015
Andy bernard here
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level 16
Nov 25, 2016
Yeah Stanford is a great college but isn't in the northeast of america. Cornell and Dartmouth ( yes aren't as good as stanford) are in Ithaca( new york) and new hampshire.
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level 44
Jan 14, 2017
I got the Ivy League, but not the seven sisters. I haven't even heard of them!
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level 56
Feb 15, 2017
I forgot Penn State
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level 71
Feb 15, 2017
It's a good thing you did. The correct answer is Penn (short for the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, PA), not Penn State (short for Pennsylvania State University, located in State College, PA).
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level 69
May 27, 2018
Huh. When I tried "UPenn," it didn't work, so I figured it just wasn't on the list. Oops.
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level 71
Feb 15, 2017
I'm surprised that Pembroke (now part of Brown University but once a separate, related institution) was never a member of the Seven Sisters, since both Radcliffe and Barnard were. Anyone know why?
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level 57
Sep 19, 2019
I tried that too and was also surprised. I bet it used to be one.
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level 52
Feb 15, 2017
I only got Harvard, Princeton, and Yale because of the Collegiate Peaks. Missed the rest.
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level 59
Feb 8, 2018
Great quiz but title should be Ivy league and seven sisters not just ivy league
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level 53
May 27, 2018
I love the drop in percents after the ivy league colleges. Also, Radcliffe college is technically a part of Harvard.
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level 30
Sep 19, 2019
Wasn't this on the front page before?
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level 77
Sep 20, 2019
Many front-page quizzes get put on the front page again.
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level 57
Sep 20, 2019
Are you new here?