Colonial American and Ivy League Colleges

America's oldest and prestigious universities

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 foundedOriginal NameName TodayEnrollment
Colonial Colleges that Are Now Ivy League Colleges or Universities
1636Harvard CollegeHarvard University6,722
1701Yale CollegeYale University5,430
1746College of New JerseyPrinceton University5,323
1751Philadelphia AcademyUniversity of Pennsylvania9,712
1754King's CollegeColumbia University6,0681
1764Rhode Island CollegeBrown University6,455
1769Dartmouth CollegeDartmouth College4,276
Colonial Colleges that Are Not in the Ivy League
1693College of William and Mary in VirginiaCollege of William and Mary6,271
1766Queen's CollegeRutgers University33,900
Ivy League University of More Recent Origin
1865Cornell UniversityCornell University14,393
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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