Chasing the Clean Sweep: Not All That Prospers is Ivy

Previously in this series, I have dedicated posts to exploring what makes each Ivy distinct in an attempt to provide an easy way for students to find their “right fit” school(s) within the League. However, most students are not Ivy bound, and even for those who are, some might find that they don’t quite fit any of the eight schools. Before the panic sets in, take comfort in knowing that there are more options for a top-tier education than what is contained in the “Gang of Eight.” Despite the hype, the Ivy League is ultimately a regional, Division I sports league. As such, colleges in the Northeast with Division II or III sports teams and universities outside of the Northeast cannot join the League’s rank, despite providing an equivalent level of academic rigor and general excellence.

Below is a list of the top 10 “Ivy Alternatives.”

  1. Amherst College (MA)
  2. Duke University (NC)
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, aka MIT (MA)
  4. Middlebury College (VT)
  5. Pomona College (CA)
  6. Stanford University (CA)
  7. Swarthmore College (PA)
  8. University of Chicago (IL)
  9. Wellesley College (MA)
  10. Williams College (MA)

*Schools are listed alphabetically and not numerically ranked, as they are mostly equivalent to each other.

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