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New Ivies – The 12 Colleges beating the Ivy League at Their Own Game

Published: December 14, 2016

Numerous high performing universities have begun climbing the international rankings in recent years. Now they’re competing against the older institutions for the very top spots in the ranking tables. In America, these climbers have received their own, informal grouping – the “New Ivies” – referring to their somewhat shorter history yet ruthless commitment to academic excellence.

StudyAdvantage has listed some of the most accomplished institutions in this category.


New York University (NYU)

Well renowned school in the heart of New York City – need we say more? NYU offers some of the best degrees in Law, Medicine, Education and Business in the country.



Find out more by reading our student blogs from NYU


Emory University

Located in Atlanta, Emory University is renowned for its undergraduate education, professional graduate schools and for its association with one of the leading healthcare systems in America’s southeast. The university offers state-of-the-art degrees in both business and numerous fields relating to healthcare.




Duke University

Duke is undeniably one of the best universities in the US for undergraduate studies. The school ranks among top ten nationwide for its economics and psychology- and computer science and engineering majors.


Find out more by reading our student blogs from Duke:

Read our interview with Duke Alumni Felix Wibergh


Johns Hopkins University

A private multi-faculty university in Baltimore, Maryland founded in the 1870. Johns Hopkins has a highly competitive undergraduate programme and its most prominent fields of study include Medicine, Education, International Studies (through Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Study) and Biomedical Engineering.




University of Texas at Austin

Interested in working for NASA? – UT Austin is the place to be! UT Austin is considered a “Public Ivy” – a public university that offers an Ivy League experience at more affordable rate. 50 of the university’s programs rank in the top 25 nationally, so you’re sure to find something of interest.




University of Richmond

Richmond has been ranked second among “up-and-coming” liberal arts colleges in America. Additionally, the school is generous with financial aid, providing high quality education at discounted prices.




Rice University

Rice is noted for its entrepreneurial activity, and has been recognized as a top ranked business incubator. Whether you’re into businesss or engineering, Rice is one of the best universities in the US.




Tulane University

Do you want to combine business with pleasure? Tulane University in the cultural hub of New Orleans enjoys not only a great academic reputation, but also a #17 spot on the national ranking of best party schools.




Vanderbilt University

Whether you want to study Education, Law or Medicine, Vanderbilt should feature high up on your list. Ranked #15 nationwide, Vanderbilt boasts high academic standards, set in the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee.




Wake Forest University

Are you an aspiring business consultant or perhaps a sprouting entrepreneur? The Wake Forest University School of Business has been ranked 11th overall and achieved the No. 1 spot for the sixth consecutive year in Academic Quality (BusinessWeek).




Northwestern University

The four-year undergraduate program at Northwestern University emphasizes instruction in the arts and sciences, plus the professions of engineering, journalism, communication, music, and education. Set in Evanston, Illinois, this school is ranked among the top 20 nationally in numerous tables.




University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame is strong across numerous fields, but most renowned for its school architecture, in part due to it being the rewarding body of the Driehaus Architecture Prize.

If you’re a football fan, Notre Dame should be of interest to you. The school’s team – the Fighting Irish – are among the most notable in American college football history.


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