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Little Three

This article describes the New England agglomeration of colleges. For the Western New York agglomeration, see Western New York Little Three Conference.

The "Little Three" is an unofficial athletic conference of three elite liberal arts colleges in New England, United States. The "Little Three" are:

In 1899, Amherst, Wesleyan and Williams schools first began to compete together as the "Triangular League". Since then they have continued to play each other in most sports on a regular basis. In the 1920s, the league picked up the nickname the "Little Three", in contrast to the "Big Three" (Harvard, Yale, and Princeton), and the name has stuck.[1][2][3][4]

These colleges are all also members of New England Small College Athletic Conference, and all of these schools are commonly included in the group of schools known as the "Little Ivies" and are considered to be among the most prestigious colleges in America.

See also


  1. ^ One version of the facts: my life in ... - Henry Edmison Duckworth - Google Books. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  2. ^ "'"The Global Language Monitor » Blog Archive » 2011 Top 300 Colleges and Universities Ranked by Internet 'Brand Equity. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Around the Courts: College Squash Weekend Highlights (1/30/2011)". College Squash Association. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  4. ^ "'"M. Squash | Big tuneups versus 'Little Three. The Daily Pennsylvanian. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 

External links

  • Athletics at Williams College
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