Colonial American and Ivy League Colleges

Updated July 8, 2021 | Infoplease Staff

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While a number of present-day colleges were founded as secondary schools before the American Revolution, only nine existed as colleges at that point. Seven of those colleges are now among the eight members of the Ivy League.

Date founded Original Name Name Today Enrollment
Colonial Colleges that Are Now Ivy League Colleges or Universities
1636 Harvard College Harvard University 6,722
1701 Yale College Yale University 5,430
1746 College of New Jersey Princeton University 5,323
1751 Philadelphia Academy University of Pennsylvania 9,712
1754 King's College Columbia University 6,0681
1764 Rhode Island College Brown University 6,455
1769 Dartmouth College Dartmouth College 4,276
Colonial Colleges that Are Not in the Ivy League
1693 College of William and Mary in Virginia College of William and Mary 6,271
1766 Queen's College Rutgers University 33,900
Ivy League University of More Recent Origin
1865 Cornell University Cornell University 14,393
1. Columbia College.
2. New Brunswick campus.
Source: Peterson's Database, 2014. Peterson's, a part of the Thomson Corporation. Web: /node/4994 .


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