The Ivy Leagues

One of the most intriguing things about New England is it has always been known as the United States hub of intellectualism. With almost half of the top ten “Ivy League” Universities located in this beautiful setting, each autumn brings an onslaught of families with luggage strapped to the top of the family car to drop their beloved young adult off for their first term. The phrase, “Ivy League” which refers to the prestigious institutions of academics has a variety of tales as to how it the term came about. According to Professor Jere Daniell a historian from Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire the term was coined by a sportswriter from the New York Post who was asked by his editor to describe the school buildings common link in one of his articles. Those were obviously that most all were located in New England and the old statuous buildings were indeed covered in Ivy.

Harvard building

Among some of the well known Ivy League schools are are Brown University, located in quaint Providance, Rhode Island, Cornell in Ithaca upstate New York, Harvard in Boston (Cambridge district) and the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, commonly referred to as MIT. Historical tours are popular of the grounds and rich history of Harvard´s Cambridge campus.

Other highly respected colleges in New England include Amhurst in New Hampshire and ranked among the highest of state universities is the univeristy of Vermont.

With the White mountains, Green Mountains, the Atlantic seaboard and the excitement of Boston all so near, New England remains to hold it´s ground when it comes to both top quality education and lifestyle.


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