The story about how the term 'Ivy League' came about is very interesting to recite. Originally,The four schools that comprised the 'Ivy League' are Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia and Cornell, mainly because they were the first Universities/ Colleges in the United States. They were referred to, by other colleges, in a roman numeral fashion of IV league ( IV being the roman numeral for 4) and was eventually shortened to ivy or ivy league.
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what does ivy league mean
a group of colleges and universities in the northeastern U.S., consisting of Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown, having a reputation for high scholastic achievement and social prestige.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ivy League colleges or their students and graduates.