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What is an Ivy League Institution? Is the term equivalent to touching the sky?

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Ivy League Institutions represent an academically strong cadre.

The term ‘Ivy League’ officially means the group of eight institutions which is popular academically and in which the institutions' sports teams compete. These institutions have several connotations because they have made a mark in several aspects. These types of institutions are highly selective in their enrolment rates, which are nearly 10 per cent. 

Seven of the eight Ivy League institutions were established during the colonial era of the United States. These private institutions have proven records not only in terms of academic excellence but also in having largest financial endowments in the world, which makes it easier for students to receive financial benefits.

Another reason why they are termed as ‘Ivy League’ is due to their Ivy-coloured buildings.

The list of eight Ivy League Institutions:

 1. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island:

Founded in 1764 in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, the Brown University is the 4th oldest institution in the United States and ranks 51 according to the Times World University Rankings. Currently it has nearly 9,000 students in the campus.

2. Columbia University, New York:

Founded in 1754 as the King’s College and renamed in 1784, the Columbia University administers the Pulitzer Prize. It ranks 16 according to the Times World University Rankings. Currently there are over 30,000 students at Columbia.

3. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York:

Founded in 1865 as a co-ed, non-sectarian institution, the Cornell University ranks 19 according to the Times World University Rankings. Currently there are over 20,000 students in the campus.

4. Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire:

Founded in 1769 as a research institution, the Dartmouth College is a private institution that holds an international student population of 16 per cent. It is considered to be the smallest Ivy League Institution.

5. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts:

Established in 1636 as Harvard College, Harvard is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United States. Home to nearly 20,000 students, the Harvard University ranks 6 according to the Times World University Rankings. It represents nearly 23 per cent of international students’ community.

According to the QS report, Harvard ranks 1st in the world for Social Sciences and Management; 2nd for Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities and 10th for Engineering and Technology.

6. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey:

Established in 1746 as the College of New Jersey and renamed as the College of Princeton in 1756, it was declared as the Princeton University in 1896.  Princeton is a private, research-intensive institution and there are currently over 7,000 students studying at the campus, with about 2,000 enrolled in graduate programmes.

7. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Founded by the famous scientist Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania was the first in the colonies to give importance to those in commerce and public service as well as liberal arts fields (e.g. Theology, Classics, etc). Currently, there are nearly 21,000 students at the University of Penn both in graduate and undergraduate programmes.

8. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut:

Established in 1701, the Yale University ranks 12 according to the Times World University Rankings. It represents 20 per cent of international students. Currently, the Yale University is home to nearly 12,000 students, with equal number of graduate and undergraduate students.

What you need to know more?

The experience of studying at an Ivy League Institution is at par. One thing that you will eventually need to know is how much is the cost of studying at these institutions because the cost of studying at any Ivy League Institutions is not cheap.

However, one good thing is that these institutions provide a lot of financial benefits for students with excellent academic records.

To give you a better idea, at Harvard the average undergraduate tuition cost for 2016–17 is US$43, 280. If you consider the accommodation, travel and other personal expenses, the tuition fees will cost nearly or > $66, 900 per year. For graduate studies, the tuition cost is nearly $40,000 and the other expenses sum up to nearly $32,000 per year.

At Yale, the undergraduate fee is nearly $49,000, which inclusive of the living cost and other expenses will cost nearly $68,000. For graduate studies, the tuition cost is nearly $38,000 and living cost is approx. $22,000.

Financial aid?

As I said earlier, the Ivy League Institutions offer a number of financial aids. For example, the Yale University offers a number of aids with a primary focus to cover 100% of its undergraduate students’ financial needs. In 2015, 63% of students at the Yale University received grants of nearly $43,000.

Please remember that Harvard, Princeton and Yale have something called ‘need blind admissions’ where students can get admits irrespective of their financial conditions.

So which Ivy League Institution is on your list?

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