The Ivy Coach Daily

March 5, 2020

Association of American Universities

Harvard University has been a member institution of the Association of American Universities since 1900. And with the admission of Dartmouth College in 2019, all Ivy League schools are now represented in the AAU.

The Association of American Universities, an organization founded in 1900, is comprised of 65 of of America’s leading research universities. As the Association of American Universities — not to be confused with AAU basketball — details on its website, “AAU’s 65 research universities transform lives through education, research, and innovation. Our member universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for research that improves public health, seeks to address national challenges, and contributes significantly to our economic strength, while educating and training tomorrow’s visionary leaders and innovators. AAU member universities collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education, and strengthen the contributions of leading research universities to American society.”

65 Universities Comprise the Association of American Universities

So which of America’s universities are members of the Association of American Universities? Wonder no more. The Member institutions are as follows:

Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Indiana University, Iowa State University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, Michigan State University, New York University, Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rice University, Rutgers University, Stanford University, Stony Brook University, Texas A&M University, Tulane University, The University of Arizona, University at Buffalo, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Chicago, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Florida, University of Illinois. The University of Iowa, The University of Kansas, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, University of Washington, The University of Utah, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University.

All Universities in America Covet Membership in the AAU

Some of these institutions have been members since the AAU’s beginnings in 1900 (like the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University) while others joined more recently (like the University of California, Santa Cruz and Dartmouth College in 2019). But if you’re wondering if all of our nation’s (and Canada’s) universities would wish to be members of this prestigious organization, the answer is a definitive yes. Many of these schools had to launch hard fought campaigns for membership, campaigns that took many years. And if our readers are wondering why it took one Ivy League school — Dartmouth College — so long to gain membership, realize that Dartmouth is, as former Secretary of State Daniel Webster once so famously said in the Supreme Court case, “a small college. And yet there are those who love it.” Indeed.

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