is brown university an ivy league school?
The Ivy League is a specific group of eight academic institutions. These schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.
The league was formed in the 1940s by the presidents of the eight schools to foster intercollegiate football competition "in such a way as to maintain the values of the game, while keeping it in fitting proportion to the main purposes of academic life.
Incidentally, according to a story on the Ivy League's official web site, the "Ivy" part of Ivy League is a reference to the plants that climb all over many of the old campus buildings at each school. The term was inspired by a sarcastic comment from a sports writer assigned to cover a Columbia-Pennsylvania football game. When he received his assignment, he grumbled about "watching the ivy grow." Another reporter overheard the comment and dubbed the prestigious group of schools "the Ivy League."
Another result of our search was a paper that describes the characteristics of Ivy League schools, which include relatively small undergraduate populations, large endowments, prestigious academic reputations, and consistent ranking among the top 15 U.S. universities. The document also names several other universities that are considered in the same "class" as Ivy League schools, Stanford and the University of North Carolina among them.