The Public Ivies, Little Ivies, and Other Ivy League Equivalents

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Today, the phrase “Ivy League” connotes prestige, tradition, and power. Composed of academic powerhouses like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia, the Ivies seem to dominate U.S. higher education. But what about other schools with excellent reputations that don’t possess the Ivy League label?

It’s likely no surprise that Ivy League-level colleges and universities would borrow a little “ivy” to use in their own names. These similarly prestigious groups of institutions include public schools, small liberal arts colleges, and other lesser-known, top-tier schools.

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