UNIVERSITY OF THE WEEK
Brown University in Providence, RI, is considered the most laid-back of the eight Ivy League institutions because of its open curriculum, introduced in 1969. Students can forego grades and take classes for credit or no credit and there are no distribution requirements.
The University of Pennsylvania is a private research university in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, Penn was designed to emphasize practical education and service. In 1881, it launched Wharton, the nation’s first collegiate business school, which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
One of the world’s most prestigious, elite universities, Yale is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S., chartered in 1701. After Harvard, it has the lowest admit rate among the eight schools in the Ivy League.