The Ivy League refers to an athletic conference made up of eight private institutions of higher education located in the Northeastern United States . The cost of an Ivy League college is not the only concern for potential students, as the criteria to becoming admitted is fiercely competitive. Interested students should strive for a 1300 or better on the SAT, a minimum 3.75 GPA, leadership experience, and strong letters of recommendation.
According to Peterson’s and CNN Money in 2001 , the average cost to attend an Ivy League college, including annual tuition plus room and board is:
• Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island – $36,928 (annual tuition), $10,022 (room and board), and $790 (fees).
• Columbia University in New York, New York – $39,296 (annual tuition) and $10,228 (room and board).
• Cornell University in Ithaca, New York – $37,750 (annual tuition), $12,160 (room and board), and $204 (fees).
• Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire – $38,445 (annual tuition), $11,295 (room and board), and $234 (fees).
• Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts – $33,696 (annual tuition), $11,856 (room and board), and $3,132 (fees).
• Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey – $36,640 (annual tuition) and $11,940 (room and board).
• University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $27,428 (annual tuition), $9,182 (room and board), and $70 (fees).
• Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut – $36,500 (annual tuition) and $11,000 (room and board).