"Ivy League Colleges" refers to a group of eight private institutions in the Northeastern US that have strong academic reputation and are consistently ranked amongst the world's best institutions.

List of Ivy League colleges and universities:

Columbia University - Tied for eighth place in the 2010 rankings of national universities, compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Columbia Business School is placed 3rd in the US and 4th in the world according to the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2009.

Cornell University - Tied for 5th with Stanford, Columbia, and Brown in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report High School Counselor rankings. Cornell University Johnson School is placed 22nd in the Global MBA Ranking by Whitefield Consulting Worldwide.

Harvard University - Harvard Business School is tied for No. 1 with Stanford University in the US News MBA Rankings (2008 and 2009).

Yale University - Yale is rated 36th in the world according to the Webometrics Ranking of World universities, July 2009. Yale School of Management is ranked 30th among the World's Top 100 MBA programs by Economist Intelligence Unit (2008).

Brown University - Placed in the world top 100 for Engineering & IT (#98), Life Sciences & Biomedicine (#71), Social Sciences (#70), Arts & Humanities (#36) in THE-QS Rankings 2009.

Princeton University - Ranked 1st among national universities by U.S. News & World Report (2001 to 2008). It is placed 6th globally for both "Arts & Humanities" and "Natural Sciences" in THE-QS World University Rankings 2009.

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College is ranked as the 2nd best business school in the country by Forbes magazine (August 2009).

University of Pennsylvania - UPenn Wharton Business School is rated No. 1 in the Business Week Undergraduate Business School Ranking 2008.

* Ivy League Colleges are ranked among the very best in the world! According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009, three of the ivy league schools are ranked within the world's top 10, with Harvard being the No. 1 university in the world:
Rank, Institution, (World Rank)
1 Harvard University (1st)
2 Columbia University (7th)
3 Princeton University (8th)
4 Yale University (11th)
5 Cornell University (12th)
6 University of Pennsylvania (15th)
7 Brown University (69th)
8 Dartmouth College (101-151st)

* Suggested Reading: Ivy League Law Schools
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek