The Ivy League is an elite group of colleges in the United States, with some of the world’s most prominent graduates. The schools were first recognized as an elitist group in the mid-twentieth century and were well known for their basketball prestige. The earliest Ivy League schools were founded as far back as 1636. Harvard University, founded by John Harvard in 1636, is located in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Yale was founded by Elihu Yale in 1702, and is located in the state of Connecticut in the town of New Haven.
The Ivy League is highly selective, and is home to notable alumni such as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, former first lady Michelle Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Although each Ivy is unique, they all regularly rank high in national university rankings. According to U.S. News & World Report, Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia are among the top five schools in the country.
The Ivy League has many other schools, some of which are public and some private. There are also several Ivy Plus schools that are not Ivies, such as MIT, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. Other schools that may not be Ivy Leagues include UCLA, Northwestern, and Caltech. All of these schools are expensive and highly selective, and they are known for their lively traditions and prestigious alumni networks.