10 “New Ivies” As Good as the Actual Ivies

3. Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)

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Skidmore College was originally founded as a woman’s college by Lucy Skidmore in 1903 using the inheritance left to her by her husband and her father. Officially, Skidmore opened to men in 1971.

In 2007, the campus plan was updated and designed by Lo-Yi Chan, an apprentice of legendary architect I.M. Pei.

Skidmore College is dedicated to sustainability and environmental action, so much so that it is included in the school’s Strategic Plan. Twenty-nine of the buildings have geothermal heating and cooling systems. Other environmental initiatives include an emphasis on renewable energy such as solar panels and an on-campus e-waste collection facility.

Skidmore may very well be a top-choice school for job preparation; nearly 75% of students at Skidmore College participate in more than one internship.

Skidmore College is also home to Skidmore EMS (SCEMS). Founded in 2013, SCEMS is a student-run first response agency certified by New York State.


2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)

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Located in Troy, New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute specializes in biotechnology, computational technology, energy and enivronmental technology, and even media and the arts with an emphasis on science and technology. 

As such, RPI hosts the impressive Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Services, which seeks to advance biotechnology through interdisciplinary cooperation. Many of the professors who teach there are also directors of their own specialized centers, such as Chang Y Ryu (Director of NY State Center for Polymer Synthesis) and Robert Hull (Director of Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems).

Additionally, RPI is home to the Tetherless World Constellation. TWC seeks to study the internet in many different ways and is one of the founding members of a network of research laboratories known as the Web Science Trust.


1. Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

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Kenyon College is Ohio’s oldest private college, and as such proudly upholds several traditions dating back 180 years. Some of these traditions include the “First Year Sing” and signing a century-old Matriculation Book.

In the last 15 years, 130 Kenyon students have become Fulbright Scholars, and since 2000, another 35 students have won the most competitive undergraduate award in the sciences, the Goldwater Scholarship.

Additionally, Kenyon boasts an average class size of only 15 students per class, which gives plenty of opportunity for more engaged learning. Recently, Kenyon alumni have made the news for changing the world in new and exciting ways, such as being a co-host of one of the most popular podcasts (Tommy Vietor ‘02), writing young adult novels (John Green ‘00), or even producing an Oscar-winning short film (Ruby Schiff ‘21).

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