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Is UVA considered an Ivy League?

Hey everyone! I've heard a lot of great things about UVA and some people even say it's a public ivy. But I'm a bit confused, is it actually considered part of the Ivy League or is that just a term people use to describe its prestige?

7 months ago

UVA, the University of Virginia, is not part of the Ivy League. The Ivy League consists of eight private universities in the northeastern United States: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn (University of Pennsylvania), Princeton, and Yale. The term "Ivy League" refers to these specific schools as well as their athletic conference.

However, UVA is often referred to as a "public ivy" because it is a public institution that offers a high-quality education and has a prestigious reputation, comparable to that of Ivy League schools. The term "public ivy" was popularized by Richard Moll in his 1985 book "Public Ivies: A Guide to America's Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities." Moll highlighted a group of top public universities that he believed provided an education on par with the Ivy League at a fraction of the cost.

While UVA is not formally part of the Ivy League, it is still highly respected and academically rigorous, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching, excellent research opportunities, and a beautiful historic campus. Make sure to research UVA's specific programs, resources, and campus culture to determine if it's the right fit for you.

7 months ago

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