What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Why is MIT not part of the Ivy League?

Hey everyone! I have always wondered: why isn't a prestigious school like MIT considered an Ivy League? It seems like it's always being compared to top-tier schools, and many people even assume it's an Ivy. Does anyone know why it isn't categorized as one?

9 months ago

Hello! That's an interesting question. The Ivy League primarily refers to a group of eight schools that are members of the NCAA Division I athletic conference. These universities include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. The term 'Ivy League' has since become synonymous with academic prestige and elite universities in the United States.

While MIT is indeed a highly prestigious institution, it is not part of the Ivy League because it's not in the Division I athletic conference with those other schools. It is worth noting that MIT and other top-tier schools like Stanford and Caltech, which are also not part of the Ivy League, are held in equally high regard academically and offer outstanding programs. Just because a university isn't part of the Ivy League doesn't mean it's not a top-notch school. Hope this helps!

9 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.