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Stanford isn't Ivy league?

bobtheboybobtheboy Posts: 2,216Registered User Senior Member
Hi everybody, quick question: Why is Stanford not part of the Ivy League? I mean it's definitely a good enough school, and it fits all the requirements, does it not?
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Replies to: Stanford isn't Ivy league?

  • FiyeroFiyero Posts: 791Registered User Member
    LOL. The Ivy League is an athletic league that was established many years ago. It is not an academic league.
  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn Posts: 16,060- Senior Member
    1. Because the travel expenses to fly across the country week in and week out would be enormous.
    2. Stanford's athletic teams are far better than those of the Ivy League.
  • HuntHunt Posts: 22,555Registered User Senior Member
    Fiyero is sort of right. The Ivy League is an athletic league, but of course it is more than that as well. It's a very specific group of old, highly selective universities in the Northeast. Other schools don't become members of it by getting better, or more selective, or more prestigious.
    But Stanford is certainly as selective and prestigious as many of the actual Ivy League schools.
  • u§ernameu§ername Posts: 1,680Registered User Member
    Also while the ivy league doesn't offer athletic scholarships, stanford does (I think)
  • ilovebagelsilovebagels Posts: 3,499Registered User Senior Member
    the Ivy League is an athletic conference that only over time became synonymous with total awesome hotness.

    If schools that initially turned down a spot in the Ivy League (like JHU) knew of the marketing miracle it would become, you can bet your bottom endowment dollar they would have joined.
  • chaosakitachaosakita Posts: 1,439Registered User Senior Member
    OP, what are the "requirements" to be an Ivy League school?
  • razorsharprazorsharp Posts: 6,161Registered User Senior Member
    If you are admitted to Stanford but denied admission to an Ivy League school, I think you will do just fine in life.
  • Venkat89Venkat89 Posts: 7,327Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think Stanford's football team was up to par back when the Ivy League was formed.
  • bdl108bdl108 Posts: 436Registered User Member
    because it's on the West Coast and more than 100 years younger than the Ivies (except for Cornell). and... it's not in the sports league lol. It's like asking why schools like Chicago and Johns Hopkins aren't Ivies.
  • bclintonkbclintonk Posts: 6,484Registered User Senior Member
    The "requirements" for membership in the Ivy League are that the school be:
    1) older than dirt (Stanford: fail)
    2) in the northeast (Stanford: fail), and
    3) one of the 8 schools meeting the first two criteria that met and agreed to form an intercollegiate athletic conference in 1954 (Stanford: fail) which among other things prohibited the use of athletic scholarships (Stanford: fail).

    So Stanford obviously doesn't meet the "requirements" for Ivy League membership. Its academics, however, are certainly competitive with the best of the Ivies, and arguably better than several.
  • jax90291jax90291 Posts: 571Registered User Member
    OP, the answer to your question is that there aren't any "requirements" that stanford needs to fit. it just needs to be in the same general region as the other schools so that athletic competition is more practical. but it's not.
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