These universities award degrees at every level, from bachelor’s degrees to doctorates. The top 10 universities span both coasts and include both small and large universities. Check out the following list to see the best universities in the United States.
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Princeton University is a private institution which is located in the town of Princeton, in New Jersey. This institution was the first to offer a “no loan” policy for financially needy students. Instead of loans it gave grants to accepted students who need help paying tuition.
Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Yale University offers a small college life with the resources of a major research institution and is located in New Haven, Connecticut. This institution divides its students into twelve residential colleges which foster a supportive environment for socializing, learning and living.
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Harvard University is a private institution which is located just outside Boston, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This institution has the largest endowment of any school around the world and is also the oldest higher education institution in the United States.
Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
The campus of Stanford University is located about 30 miles from San Francisco, in California’s Bay Area. In this private institution students have a lot of opportunities to get involved in research projects, since it has a multidisciplinary combination of research, learning, and teaching.
Columbia University (New York, NY)
The School of General Studies, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Columbia College are three undergraduate schools of Columbia University. This private institution guarantees housing for its students for all four years on campus in New York City, in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood.
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
The University of Chicago offers a rich campus life in a big-city setting and is situated in Chicago’s Hyde Park community. This private institution is hosting the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt since 1987, which is a four-day event that is regarded as the biggest scavenger hunt in the world.
Duke University (Durham, NC)
Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, and has liberal arts and engineering programs for undergraduates. Sports teams of this private institution, the Duke Blue Devils, have a fierce rivalry with Chapel Hill Tar Heels from the University of North Carolina and are best known for their outstanding men’s basketball program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Although the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is best known for its engineering, science and math education, this private institution also offers management, humanities, architecture and social science programs. The institution is located just across the Charles River from downtown Boston, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
The California Institute of Technology is located in Pasadena, California, and is also actively involved in research projects with grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. This private institution focuses on engineering and science education and has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1.
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
The University of Pennsylvania is founded by Benjamin Franklin. This private institution is located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students have a choice to study in one of four schools which grant undergraduate degrees: Wharton, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nursing, and Art and Sciences.