If you’ve not heard of the Public Ivies, don’t worry - you’re not alone. Essentially, they’re a list of public colleges in the USA which are deemed academically excellent enough to qualify as the public equivalents of the esteemed universities which make up the Ivy League, those eight revered and prestigious American universities.
Even if you are familiar with the term Public Ivies, you probably have some questions. Why students should apply to these institutions as well as (or instead of) those in the Ivy League?
There are lots of great reasons! Public Ivies generally have higher acceptance rates. They also often offer lower tuition fees. Plus, their larger size and student bodies mean they can provide a livelier, more diverse on-campus student experience. And because they're more widely spread geographically, students could have a better chance of finding their perfect fit in terms of culture (and climate!).
As well as the Public Ivies, there are also Little Ivies, Hidden Ivies, New Ivies… All these different institutions and categorisations might seem a bit confusing, but don’t worry! The main takeaway is positive: there are countless brilliant options to suit each of your students.
If you want to get a better grasp on exactly what these different groups actually are, and how to figure out which is best for each of your students, you’ve come to the right place.
We'll begin by looking at the most popular alternative with international students, Public Ivies. We’ll then turn to another popular Ivy League alternative, the Little Ivies. Finally, you'll discover a few other competitors and key terms to help your students as they research their options.