Re: Ivy League

Jonathan E. Feinstein (
Sat, 7 Jan 1995 21:30:24 GMT

In article <>, (Gil Hardwick) writes:
>A friend wrote to me:
>>Cornell University (located in Ithaca, New York) is a big "Ivy League"
>>university with agricultural, engineering, law, medical, and veterinary
>>colleges, thus many different things are happening there. Cornell is
>>generally regarded as being an excellent university, perhaps even one of the
>>best in the US. Since it is one of the larger institutions doing
>>agricultural research in the eastern US, it often gets into the news.
>Pardon me asking what may appear to many a dumb question; what is "Ivy
>League"? Is that something like WASP establishment?
>What is its history?

The term Ivy League refers to a set of U.S. schools noted for their quality,
prestige, and (for the more cynical), cost. The Ivy obviously is in reference to
the vines that seem to be a constant on, at least, the older buildings at these
schools. Ivy League also refers to the American Football teams of those

I'm sure I cannot produce a complete list of the Ivy League members, but they
include; Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, and Brown Universities. Perhaps
others can complete the list...


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