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U.S. Ivy League Colleges

These schools will always be first in gentlemanly club life. Can you name the eight colleges that are part of the Ivy League?
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Brown
Columbia
Cornell
Dartmouth
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Harvard
Pennsylvania
Princeton
Yale
44 Comments
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Level 37
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 45
Apr 3, 2014
Wait, MIT isn't part of the Ivy League?
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Level 28
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 88
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 82
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 62
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 82
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 78
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 67
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 67
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 75
Nov 3, 2022
Well said over the last two posts. Still, while Chicago's Economics department has been hyper influential over the past half-century, that's a terrible shame.
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Level 75
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 89
Oct 30, 2022
Turns out it was just an insufferable Jetpunk pedant looking to start a less/fewer debate. ;)
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Level 79
Nov 2, 2022
The best quip I have seen today :)

I also like the gag from ander though.

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Level 28
Dec 25, 2014
Since when are Dartmouth, Cornell Ivy Leagues? And isn't Stanford an Ivy League?
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Level 64
Dec 25, 2014
Stanford is a really good college, but it's not in the traditional east so.......
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Level 52
Nov 6, 2022
In fact it is on the west coast
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Level 75
Dec 30, 2016
Stanford is in the Pac-12 Conference.
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Level 71
Dec 10, 2018
Since the early 1930's when the term "Ivies" first began to be used.
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Level 54
Dec 19, 2021
ivy league is a grouping of old prestigious colleges in the northeast. its not a grouping of just really good colleges
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Level 56
Oct 22, 2015
Andy bernard here
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Level 89
Nov 1, 2022
Old Mr. Bernard, old Mr. Bernard, who have you silenced today?
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Level 57
Feb 15, 2017
I forgot Penn State
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Level 67
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 61
Feb 15, 2017
I only got Harvard, Princeton, and Yale because of the Collegiate Peaks. Missed the rest.
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Level 29
Sep 19, 2019
Wasn't this on the front page before?
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Level 82
Sep 20, 2019
Many front-page quizzes get put on the front page again.
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Level 68
Sep 20, 2019
Are you new here?
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Level 54
Dec 19, 2021
can you accept upenn for university of pennsylvania?
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Level 60
Sep 5, 2022
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Level ∞
Oct 30, 2022
Yes that will work now
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Level 81
Oct 30, 2022
Why was this reset?
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Level 81
Oct 31, 2022
I think these are meant to be in alphabetical order, in which case the two beginning with P are the wrong way round.
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Level 87
Oct 31, 2022
Well, possibly not... The next to last one's non-abbreviated name is actually the University of Pennsylvania, which would put it in the correct order.
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Level ∞
Oct 31, 2022
Fixed
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Level 77
Oct 31, 2022
I've met lots of people who attended most of these. Trust me, they won't shut up about it. I've only met a couple who've attended Dartmouth. Does anyone actually attend Penn? If so, where are they now?
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Level 93
Nov 3, 2022
"Does anyone actually attend Penn?" So, because you don't happen to know anyone who has, they don't exist? What kind of mindless question is that?
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Level 81
Nov 3, 2022
I bet you’re one of those people who thinks Bielefeld exists too…
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Level 89
Nov 1, 2022
Why was this reset? Nothing's changed in the past 150 years.
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Level 93
Nov 3, 2022
probably to allow different type-ins
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Level 69
Nov 3, 2022
Kept trying "Hardvard" and wondered why it wasn't working…
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2022
Missed one and get 3 points?
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2022
5 out of 8 is also 3 points... makes little sense
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Level 93
Nov 4, 2022
I assume that’s because 40% of takers get 100% correct. So missing only one still puts you only at the 60th percentile. But missing 3 should only get you 2 points so that part doesn’t make sense.