Founded in 1954, the Ivy League is the most diverse intercollegiate conference in the country with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing each year. Sponsoring conference championships in 33 men's and women's sports and averaging more than 35 varsity teams at each school, the Ivy League provides more intercollegiate athletic opportunities per school than any other conference in the country. All eight Ivy schools are among the top 20 of NCAA Division I schools in number of sports offered for both men and women.
The Ivy League annually finishes among the top conferences in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics competitive rankings and enjoys regular competitive success at the highest championship levels of collegiate athletics, including team and individual national championships in women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, field hockey, men's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rowing, men's and women's squash, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field and wrestling.
Ivy League student-athletes annually compile the country's best marks in the NCAA's Academic Performance Ratings and Graduation Success Rates under the Ivy League model of athletics as a key part of their overall undergraduate experience. Ivy student-athletes grow from their athletics experiences to become national and community leaders across the spectrum of 21st century life in business and technology, law and government, medicine and research, and professional sports and entertainment.