These are the most attended Ivy League universities by state

Building a diverse student body is one of the most dominant missions for higher education institutions, and Ivy Leagues are no exception.

Cornell and Harvard University, two of the most prestigious Ivy Leagues in the country are leading institutions when it comes to bringing in students from around the nation.

Building a diverse student body is one of the most dominant missions for higher education institutions, and Ivy Leagues are no exception. Only 16% of Harvard’s class of 2026 consists of international students, according to the school’s admissions statistics.

“To realize the community’s full promise, and to foster the personal intellectual transformation at the heart of our mission, we must also work affirmatively and collectively to advance a culture of belonging,” said former Harvard President Drew Faust.

In terms of admissions, which universities are among the most attended in each state? The data, provided by Scholaroo, an organization that aims to help students in seeking scholarships, is rather intriguing. For example, Cornell is the most attended Ivy League in 18 different states, such as Arizona, California, Colorado, etc. In comparison, Harvard is the second-leading university being the most popular in 12 states.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 most attended universities in each state based on admissions data from 2015-2020:

Alabama

  1. Harvard
  2. Yale
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Cornell
  5. Princeton

Alaska

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Brown
  3. Yale
  4. Harvard
  5. Cornell

Arizona

  1. Cornell
  2. Brown
  3. Dartmouth
  4. Yale
  5. University of Pennsylvania

Arkansas

  1. Harvard
  2. Yale
  3. Princeton
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Columbia

California

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Brown
  4. Harvard
  5. Yale

Colorado

  1. Cornell
  2. Dartmouth
  3. Brown
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Harvard

Connecticut

  1. Yale
  2. Cornell
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Brown
  5. Dartmouth

Delaware

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Cornell
  3. Princeton
  4. Yale
  5. Harvard

Florida

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Yale
  4. Harvard
  5. Brown

Georgia

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Yale
  3. Cornell
  4. Brown
  5. Harvard

Hawaii

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Harvard
  3. Brown
  4. Cornell
  5. University of Pennsylvania

Idaho

  1. Harvard
  2. Dartmouth
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Princeton
  5. Yale

Illinois

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Yale
  4. Brown
  5. Harvard

Indiana

  1. Harvard
  2. Cornell
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Yale
  5. Princeton

Iowa

  1. Harvard
  2. Columbia
  3. Brown
  4. Yale
  5. Dartmouth

Kansas

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Yale
  4. Dartmouth
  5. Princeton

Kentucky

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Yale
  3. Harvard
  4. Princeton
  5. Brown

Louisiana

  1. Yale
  2. Harvard
  3. Brown
  4. Dartmouth
  5. University of Pennsylvania

Maine

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Brown
  3. Yale
  4. Harvard
  5. Cornell

Maryland

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Yale
  4. Brown
  5. Princeton

Massachusetts

  1. Harvard
  2. Brown
  3. Cornell
  4. Dartmouth
  5. Yale

Michigan

  1. Cornell
  2. Harvard
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Brown
  5. Yale

Minnesota

  1. Cornell
  2. Harvard
  3. Yale
  4. Dartmouth
  5. Brown

Mississippi

  1. Yale
  2. Harvard
  3. Columbia
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Dartmouth

Missouri

  1. Yale
  2. Cornell
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Harvard
  5. Princeton

Montana

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Harvard
  3. Columbia
  4. Yale
  5. University of Pennsylvania

Nebraska

  1. Harvard
  2. Cornell
  3. Dartmouth
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Yale

Nevada

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Dartmouth
  4. Brown
  5. Yale

New Hampshire

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Brown
  3. Cornell
  4. Harvard
  5. Yale

New Jersey

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Princeton
  4. Columbia
  5. Brown

New Mexico

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Columbia
  3. Cornell
  4. Harvard
  5. Brown

New York

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Brown
  4. Harvard
  5. Yale

North Carolina

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Princeton
  4. Brown
  5. Yale

North Dakota

  1. Harvard
  2. Columbia
  3. Yale
  4. Cornell
  5. Dartmouth

Ohio

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Harvard
  4. Yale
  5. Brown

Oklahoma

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Yale
  3. Harvard
  4. Columbia
  5. Cornell

Oregon

  1. Cornell
  2. Brown
  3. Dartmouth
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Princeton

Pennsylvania

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Cornell
  3. Princeton
  4. Brown
  5. Harvard

Rhode Island

  1. Brown
  2. Harvard
  3. Dartmouth
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Cornell

South Carolina

  1. Yale
  2. Harvard
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Princeton
  5. Cornell

South Dakota

  1. Harvard
  2. Yale
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Columbia
  5. Dartmouth

Tennessee

  1. Princeton
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Yale
  4. Cornell
  5. Dartmouth

Texas

  1. Cornell
  2. Harvard
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Yale
  5. Brown

Utah

  1. Harvard
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Dartmouth
  4. Cornell
  5. Princeton

Vermont

  1. Dartmouth
  2. Cornell
  3. Brown
  4. Yale
  5. Harvard

Virginia

  1. Cornell
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Princeton
  4. Yale
  5. Harvard

Washington

  1. Cornell
  2. Brown
  3. Dartmouth
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Yale

West Virginia

  1. Harvard
  2. Cornell
  3. Yale
  4. Princeton
  5. University of Pennsylvania

Wisconsin

  1. Yale
  2. Cornell
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Brown
  5. Harvard

Wyoming

  1. Dartmouth
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Cornell
  4. Yale
  5. Columbia

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Micah Ward
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Micah Ward is a University Business staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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