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Top 25 Ivy League Competitors

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Namedropping an Ivy League school always raises eyebrows, but they’re not the only game in town. While many assume the eight Ivies —BrownColumbiaCornellDartmouthHarvard UniversityPenn, Princeton, and Yale — are the most sought-after schools in the country, in fact, there are plenty of other highly selective colleges that give Ivies a run for their money.

See also: What Is an Ivy League School? Probably Not What You Think

So it’s worth asking: When it comes to students who are interested in Ivy League schools, what other colleges might they be considering? We looked into what colleges Niche users who ultimately attended an Ivy had added to their list before making a final decision. Below is that list of colleges that tend to give Ivy League schools the most competition.

Must-read: List of Ivy League Schools, Ranked and Reviewed

Rank Niche Grade School Name Location Enrollment % of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested
Rank 1
Niche Grade A+
School Name Stanford University
Location Stanford, CA
Enrollment 7,034
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 23%
Rank 2
Niche Grade A+
School Name New York University
Location Manhattan, NY
Enrollment 24,888
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 14%
Rank 3
Niche Grade A+
Location Cambridge, MA
Enrollment 4,476
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 12%
Rank 4
Niche Grade A+
Location Berkeley, CA
Enrollment 28,108
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 12%
Rank 5
Niche Grade A+
School Name Duke University
Location Durham, NC
Enrollment 6,577
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 11%
Rank 6
Niche Grade A+
School Name Georgetown University
Location Washington, D.C.
Enrollment 7,056
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 11%
Rank 7
Niche Grade A+
Location Los Angeles, CA
Enrollment 30,343
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 10%
Rank 8
Niche Grade A+
School Name Vanderbilt University
Location Nashville, TN
Enrollment 6,817
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 9%
Rank 9
Niche Grade A+
School Name University of Chicago
Location Chicago, IL
Enrollment 5,978
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 9%
Rank 10
Niche Grade A+
Location Los Angeles, CA
Enrollment 18,195
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 9%
Rank 11
Niche Grade A+
Location Baltimore, MD
Enrollment 5,621
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 8%
Rank 12
Niche Grade A+
Location Evanston, IL
Enrollment 8,298
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 8%
Rank 13
Niche Grade A+
School Name Boston University
Location Boston, MA
Enrollment 16,628
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 7%
Rank 14
Niche Grade A+
School Name Rice University
Location Houston, TX
Enrollment 3,836
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 6%
Rank 15
Niche Grade A+
Location Ann Arbor, MI
Enrollment 27,969
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 6%
Rank 16
Niche Grade A+
School Name Tufts University
Location Somerville, MA
Enrollment 5,435
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 6%
Rank 17
Niche Grade A+
Location Hadley Township, MO
Enrollment 6,915
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 6%
Rank 18
Niche Grade A+
Location Charlottesville, VA
Enrollment 15,476
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 6%
Rank 19
Niche Grade A+
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Enrollment 6,069
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 6%
Rank 20
Niche Grade A+
Location Austin, TX
Enrollment 37,234
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 5%
Rank 21
Niche Grade A+
School Name Boston College
Location Newton, MA
Enrollment 9,647
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 5%
Rank 22
Niche Grade A+
School Name Emory University
Location Druid Hills, GA
Enrollment 6,714
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 4%
Rank 23
Niche Grade A+
Location Boston, MA
Enrollment 13,444
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 4%
Rank 24
Niche Grade A+
School Name Amherst College
Location Amherst Center, MA
Enrollment 1,849
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 4%
Rank 25
Niche Grade A+
Location Chapel Hill, NC
Enrollment 17,869
% of Ivy-Bound Niche Users Interested 4%

Still think a school like this is out of your reach? You might be surprised to know that elite colleges often cost less than you think.

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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the Content Writer/Editor at Niche.