Little Ivies

Little Ivies is a colloquialism referring to a group of small, selective American liberal arts colleges; however, it does not denote any official organization
Institutions identified as Little Ivies are usually old, small, exclusive, and academically competitive liberal arts colleges located in the northeastern United States. The colloquialism is meant to imply that Little Ivies share similarities with the universities of the Ivy League.
What Schools Are In The Little Ivies?
Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Colgate University, Connecticut University, Hamilton College, Haverford College, Middlebury College, Swarthmore College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Vassar College, Wesleyan University, Williams College

Locations of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools, often described as "Little Ivies"

Little Three
The Little Three is a term used in the United States to refer Amherst, Wesleyan and Williams. The term "Little Three" is well-defined as a former athletic league and has often been used to identify these schools as a socially and academically elite trio; the term has also been used to compare the three institutions with the so - called Big Three of the Ivy League: Harvard, Yale and Princeton . Encarta defines "Little Ivies" to refer to these three schools, which it characterizes as "small" and "exclusive" and as having "high academic standards and long traditions.
NESCAC
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference, consisting of eleven highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities located in New England and New York. Often referred to as the "Little Ivies", most of the schools have competed against one another since the 19th century.
The idea for such an athletic conference originated with an agreement among Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Wesleyan University and Williams College drafted in 1955. In 1971 Bates College, Colby College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, and Union College joined on and NESCAC was officially formed. Today's sustaining members include all the original members but Union, which withdrew in 1977 and was replaced by Connecticut College in 1982.
Hidden Ivies
Thirty Colleges of Excellence is a college educational guide published in 2000. It concerns college admissions in the United States. The authors define both the title of this book as well as their goals in writing it on page one in the following manner: "Our mission in writing this book for students and parents is to create greater awareness of the small, distinctive cluster of colleges and universities of excellence that are available to gifted college-bound students." In the introduction, the authors further explain their aim by referring specifically to "the group historically known as the 'Little Ivies' (including Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Swarthmore, Wesleyan, and Williams)" which the authors say have "scaled the heights of prestige and selectivity and also turn away thousands of our best and brightest young men and women."
In this book, the authors (using the same criteria often used to evaluate Ivy League schools) discuss thirty American schools that are small in size and are either liberal arts colleges or universities that emulate them. Hidden Ivies: 50 Top Colleges that Rival the Ivy League, the second edition of the guide published in 2009, evaluates fifty "renowned academic institutions."
Nine of the fifty schools in the second edition are located in the Midwestern United States, 24 in the Northeastern United States, 11 in the Southern United States, and six in the Western United States.
Hidden Ivies
Thirty Colleges of Excellence is a college educational guide published in 2000. It concerns college admissions in the United States. The authors define both the title of this book as well as their goals in writing it on page one in the following manner: "Our mission in writing this book for students and parents is to create greater awareness of the small, distinctive cluster of colleges and universities of excellence that are available to gifted college-bound students." In the introduction, the authors further explain their aim by referring specifically to "the group historically known as the 'Little Ivies' (including Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Swarthmore, Wesleyan, and Williams)" which the authors say have "scaled the heights of prestige and selectivity and also turn away thousands of our best and brightest young men and women."
In this book, the authors (using the same criteria often used to evaluate Ivy League schools) discuss thirty American schools that are small in size and are either liberal arts colleges or universities that emulate them. Hidden Ivies: 50 Top Colleges that Rival the Ivy League, the second edition of the guide published in 2009, evaluates fifty "renowned academic institutions."
Nine of the fifty schools in the second edition are located in the Midwestern United States, 24 in the Northeastern United States, 11 in the Southern United States, and six in the Western United States.
Some schools that are often called "Little Ivies" include:
Institution Location Little Three
Greene's Guide "Little Ivies"
NESCAC Notes
Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts Founding NESCAC member.
Bates College
Lewiston, Maine
   
Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine
  Founding NESCAC member.
Colby College
Waterville, Main    
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York
     
Connecticut College
New London, Connecticut
     
Hamilton College
Clinton, New York
   
Haverford College
Haverford, Pennsylvania
     
Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont
   
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
     
Trinity College
Hartford, Connecticut
     
Tufts University
Medford,Massachusetts
     
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York
     
Wesleyan University
Middletown, Connecticut
Founding NESCAC member.
Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts
Founding NESCAC member.
Amherst College
Amherst College is a private institution that was founded in 1821. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,795, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Amherst College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 2.
   
Bates College
Bates College is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,725, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 109 acres. It utilizes a other-based academic calendar. Bates College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 21.
   
Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College is a private institution that was founded in 1794. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,762, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 205 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.
   
Colby College
Colby College is a private institution that was founded in 1813. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,825, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 714 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Colby College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 21.
   
Colgate University
Colgate University is a private institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,884, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 553 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Colgate University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 21
   
Connecticut College
Connecticut College is a private institution that was founded in 1911. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,880, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 750 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Connecticut College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 37.
   
Hamilton College
Hamilton College is a private institution that was founded in 1812. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,861, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hamilton College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 17.
   
Haverford College
Haverford College is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,177, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Haverford College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 10.
   
Middlebury College
Middlebury College is a private institution that was founded in 1800. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,532, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 350 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Middlebury College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 5.
   
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College is a private institution that was founded in 1864. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,524, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 425 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Swarthmore College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 3.
   
Trinity College
Trinity College is a private institution that was founded in 1823. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,331, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Trinity College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 37
   
Tufts University
Tufts University is a private institution that was founded in 1852. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,224, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Tufts University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 29.
   
Vassar College
Vassar College is a private institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,446, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Vassar College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 14.
   
Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1831. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,854, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 340 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wesleyan University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 12.
   
Williams College
Williams College is a private institution that was founded in 1793. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,029, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 450 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Williams College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 1
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