- Harvard University
- Yale University
- Penn State, West Philadelphia Campus
- Brown University
- Dartmouth College
- Cornell University
Before the League Edit
While the history of each of the individual Ivy league schools goes back several centuries (except Cornell), the league is a more recent creation. All of them (except Cornell) were founded before the American Revolution, making them, along with Rutgers and William and Mary, the most ancient colleges in the country. All of them (except Cornell) were founded to train ministers, which explains their common distaste for science.
Foundation of the Ivy League Edit
Although the schools of the Ivy League dominated college athletics (actually just men's athletics, since all of them (except Cornell and Penn) only began to admit woman in the 1970's) when they were the only colleges in the country, by the 1940's it was becoming more apparent that all of the Ivies sucked at sports, especially after Vanderbilt beat Yale 35-0 in 1948. Sick of losing to other, less academically inclined schools, they created the Ivy League to only play against schools that also sucked at sports. This, coincidentally, is why MIT is not a member.
Misuse of the Term Edit
The term "Ivy League" is often used to apply to any highly selective and academic school. However, it is insulting to compare a school as great as MIT with Dartmouth, so such use should be frowned upon.