Top Universities in the USA

USA is the numero uno destination for international students. Every year, USA receives thousands and thousands of applications for all kinds of programmes, be it undergraduate, MBA, master’s and PhD. No wonder, USA has the world’s largest international student population.

Nearly 5% of all students enrolled in higher-level education in USA are international students

There are reasons galore for the popularity of USA as the numero uno study destination. Top-notch quality of education and universities, plenty of research options and institutional support, career prospects and exceptional living standard are among the primary reasons for its popularity. Please check out some of the topmost colleges and universities in USA. Let’s start!

 

Ivy League Universities

Let us start with a basic question – What is the ‘Ivy League’? What is the story behind it?

Around the 19th century, the American Collegiate Athletic Conference was formed comprising sports teams from seven private universities in the North-eastern United States; a few years down the line, an eighth university joined the conference. While this was initially to promote sports, gradually, the Ivy League became synonymous with an elite group of colleges that have much more to offer than just lucrative sporting careers. The Ivy League stands for academic supremacy, stringent admission process and social exclusivity.

The eight Ivy League universities are:

Brown University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

Harvard University

University of Pennsylvania

Princeton University

Yale University

Considered the most prestigious academic institutions of excellence, the Ivy League schools rank among the top universities across the globe. According to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report, Global University Rankings, there are three Ivy Leagues in the top ten and five in the top twenty universities, worldwide. Harvard tops the list while Columbia and Princeton are ranked in seventh and eighth positions respectively. Apart from that, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report, all the eight Ivy League Universities are ranked among the top seventeen US National Universities, with four Ivy Leagues (Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Yale) occupying the top three spots (Columbia and Yale are tied for the third spot). If that is not enough, a member of the Ivy League has been ranked as the top National University consistently for the last twenty years up to 2020 ranking published by US News & World Report.

 

Non Ivy League Universities

So, do you think this is it? Are the Ivy League universities the only top universities in USA? If you think “yes”, then you are wrong. USA boasts of more than 3000 universities and there are hundreds of universities (not Ivy League) which are equally or more reputed and qualitative. Here are a few of them:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • New York University
  • Duke University

Some of the top B-schools (both Ivy League and non-Ivy League) in the US are:

  1. Stanford University
  2. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) – Ivy League
  3. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
  4. University of Chicago (Booth)
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
  6. Harvard University – Ivy League
  7. University of California–Berkeley (Haas)
  8. Columbia University – Ivy League
  9. Yale University – Ivy League
  10. New York University (Stern)

Source: 2021 Best Business Schools, US News

As you can see, out of the 10 best business schools, 6 of them are non-Ivy League.

Some of the top colleges for undergrad (both Ivy League and non-Ivy League) in the US are:

  1. Princeton University – Ivy League
  2. Harvard University – Ivy League
  3. Columbia University – Ivy League
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Yale University – Ivy League
  6. Stanford University
  7. University of Chicago
  8. University of Pennsylvania – Ivy League
  9. North-western University
  10. Duke University

Source: US News

In addition to national universities, liberal arts colleges are also famous. Here are the top 5 liberal arts colleges:

  1. Williams College
  2. Amherst College
  3. Swarthmore College
  4. Wellesley College
  5. Pomona College

Source: US News

Top Graduate Schools for Engineering programmes

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California–Berkeley
  4. California Institute of Technology
  5. Carnegie Mellon University
  6. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
  7. Purdue University–West Lafayette
  8. Georgia Institute of Technology
  9. University of California–San Diego (Jacobs)
  10. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Source: US News

Selecting the right college from the list of top-notch institutions can be tricky. It requires a meticulous approach along with thorough research. If you are planning to study abroad in USA, get in touch with our seasoned overseas education consultants to get personalised admission counselling and editing services.