Top Universities in USA

The United States of America has long been the dream destination of individuals who are aiming for quality higher education. The country stands to its status as a ‘superpower’ when it comes to its academic strength. It has seen the birth of not just its native leaders, but many global leaders of the contemporary era. Be it any profession, there are institutes in the US providing ace education along with rewarding work experience. Owing to this quality, many gifted students from other countries immigrate to the states and later settle in the country, further advancing its pool of quality human resources. So, let us try and understand what makes the institutions in the country so special and review some of the top universities in USA with the help of this article.

Country United States of America (USA)
Universities ranking on QS (2022)177
Popular UniversitiesStanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, etc.
IntakesFall, Spring and Summer 
English Proficiency Test Required (IELTS / TOEFL / PTE)
Subject Proficiency ExamRequired (SAT / ACT / GMAT / GRE)
Average Cost of Study UG: $32,000 (INR 23,82,704)PG: $35,000 (INR 26,06,082)
Scholarships Available 
Student VisaF-1 Visa, M-1 Visa, J-1 Visa
Best Student Cities New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC

1. Princeton University

The Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university situated in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. The school was founded in 1746 and is well known for its engineering, science and humanities programmes. As per U.S News ranking of Universities this 600 acre university is ranked at 1st position. The fee of the college in 2016-2017 is $45,320.

The Princeton College is fourth oldest college in the country, and is located in a peaceful town of Princeton, New Jersey. The application deadline in the university is January 01, and the early action deadline is November 01 and the application fee is $65. The university is very selective and the acceptance rate is 7%. The SAT or ACT score must be sent to the university by 1st of Jan. `The student faculty ratio in the university is 5:1. The most popular courses in the university are computer engineering, public policy analysis, economics, history, and psychology. In the university less than 8,000 students are enrolled of which only a quarter are international students. Few of the notable alumni of the university include Woodrow Wilson, James Madison, Michelle Obama and Alan Turing

2. Harvard University

The Harvard university, name is enough, is also a private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, is considered to be one of most prestigious university in the world. The university was established in 1636 and is the oldest higher education institution in the US. The campus size of the university is 5,076 acres, the tuition fees of the college is $47,074 in 2016-17. The application deadline is January 01, and application fee is $75. The students are expected to submit their SAT or ACT scores by March 1st week. The university is very selective in admitting students and the Fall 2015 acceptance rate was 6%. The student faculty ratio in the university is 7:1. The popular courses in the Harvard include social science, biology or biological science, history, mathematics, and physical science. 97% is the rate of average freshmen retention which is an indicator of student satisfaction.

The notable alumni of Harvard University are Barack Obama, John Adams, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, George W. Bush, and many more. The university produced a long list of great Presidents of America and other leaders in different fields. Getting admission in this university is dreams come true for any student, domestic or international.

3. Yale University

Yale University is also a private Ivy League American research University in New Heaven, Connecticut. The University was founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony as the Collegiate School. It is also the third oldest university in the country and was renamed as Yale in 1718. 20% of the students are from foreign countries and thus the university offers a global environment for studies. Yale initiated taking in international student’s long back in 1800s and it was the first university in the US to award PhD in 1861. The University comprises of 14 schools and students a liberal arts curriculum. Yale is the second richest educational institution in the world and library is the third largest in volume in the US. The notable alumni of the university include, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep and others. It is notable that 20 of the Yale alumni received Nobel prizes.

Admission in Yale

For applying in the Yale University, a student has to directly to the Yale school or college where the degree will be awarded. Yale also provides financial assistance to international students to cover the tuition fees, but the school has their own procedures to apply for financial assistance.

4. Columbia University

Columbia is located in Upper Manhattan, in New York City. The university was established in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain. It is one of the oldest universities in the US. The Low Memorial Library of the university is its landmark which is being built in the Roman Classical style.  This private research based university has 20 schools, which include planning and preservation, architecture, business, and law. The University also has nine global centers located in different parts of the world. The university has 28% international students. The alumni of the university are Barack Obama, Jack Kerouac, Theodore, Franklin Roosevelt and many others.

5. Stanford University

Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California.  The university is often referred to as ‘farm’, as the campus of the university was built on the site of the Stanford family’s Palo Alto Stick farm and the campus covers 8,180 acres of land. Stanford university is highly competitive and one of the best universities in the world. The university was founded in 1891 and celebrated 125 years anniversary this year. 4:1 is the student to faculty ratio. Some of the well-known alumni of the university are, William Brody, Peter Salovey, Michael Drake, Jeffrey Bewkes, William Hewlett and many more. A student could apply for undergraduate or graduate courses in the Stanford University.

6. University of Chicago

The University of Chicago, which was established in 1890, is well renowned for its excellent research facilities and is placed at the fifth place among US universities and ninth position in the world. The physics department of the university has the unique distinction of creating the world’s very first self-sustaining nuclear reaction. Some of the more renowned alumni from this university are economist Milton Friedman, Pepsi Co-chairwoman Indira Noyil and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, both of whom have graduated from the university’s Booth School of business. The university’s alumni also counts a number of Nobel Prize laureates as well as Pulitzer Prize and other prestigious awardees among its list.

7. Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University has been placed at the ninth position among universities in US, and 17th in the world. The university which was established in 1876, is considered to be the first university for research in the United States and is regarded highly for its research and education especially in the medical and life sciences field, which are the most popular among international students applying to study abroad in the United States of America.  The John Hopkins University has a number of distinguished members in its alumni roster including Michael Bloomberg, former president Woodrow Wilson, Environmentalist Racheal Carson amongst others.

8. California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology, which is commonly referred to as Caltech, is placed at the fourth position according to QS world rankings and is one of the world’s leading schools for tech. The university which is located in Pasadena in sunny California is the smallest university among the US top 10 in terms of student strength.  The alumni of this university can read like a veritable who’s who with Nobel Prize laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners leading the list.

9. Cornell University

Cornell University, which is situated in New York is ranked seventh in US and 14th among universities in the world. Cornell was the first American university to offer a course in vetinerary medicine and is ranked at second place for the subject according to QS world ranking. The alumni of this university include the controversial speaker and thinker Ann Coulter, our very own Rattan Tata, Superman – Christopher Reeve and talk show host Bill Maher amongst many others

10. The City University of Seattle

The City University of Seattle known as City U is one of the famous colleges in USA. It is a private nonprofit educational institution set in one of the most iconic cities in America.  The University is ranked as one of the top universities for online programs and is accredited up to the doctorate level. The university’s main campus is located in Seattle, but it has multiple campuses in different parts of the world including Canada, China, Slovakia and other countries. The main campus in Seattle, boasts of many features such as a residence hall, a library, state of the art lecture rooms. Students who study abroad in the City University of Seattle participate in academic, sports and cultural programs.

11. The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama was founded in1831 and is the oldest university in the state of Alabama. It is ranked just shy of the top hundred Universities in USA, coming in at no 110 and 51st best public school in the country. Students who plan to Study in USA at this university can opt for either the Birmingham campus or the Tuscaloosa campus for their undergraduate and graduate courses. The university has a sprawling campus spread over more than 1000 acres. The notable alumni of this university include author Harper Lee, Politician George Wallace, US attorney General Jeff Sessions amongst many others

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