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Are you looking to study in top universities in USA? Get the list of best US universities and detailed information on class sizes, the student-faculty ratio, the tuition costs, and the student experience for each of the top colleges and universities. More than 20 top universities, including the Ivy League institutes such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, have been listed along with their complete details.

It’s an ideal guide for students willing to pursue higher education in the US.

Based on the latest ranking of colleges and universities, we have listed the most sought-after institutes to help students do a comparatively analysis on various factors. The clickable map of US Universities makes it easy for you to locate an institute. Click on any of the universities shown on the map or table below to get detailed information on that specific institute.

Browse the state-wise list of universities in the US and find out the right college that would serve your purpose. It not only has an exhaustive list of Top 300 Universities and colleges according to their rank, but also provides necessary information on cost of studying and total student population in each institute.

Best Universities in USA

University Location Year Established State
Harvard University Cambridge 1636 Massachusetts
Princeton University Princeton 1746 New Jersey
Yale University New Haven 1701 Connecticut
Columbia University New York 1754 New York
California Institute of Technology Pasadena 1891 California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge 1871 Massachusetts
Stanford University Stanford 1891 California
University of Chicago Chicago 1890 Illinois
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia 1740 Pennsylvania
Duke University Durham 1838 North Carolina
Dartmouth College Hanover 1769 New Hampshire
Northwestern University Evans ton 1851 Illinois
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore 1878 Maryland
Washington University Suburban St. Louis 1853 Missouri
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame 1842 indiana
Emory university Georgia 1836 Georgia
University of Southern California Los Angeles 1880 Los Angeles
Carnegie Mellon university Pittsburgh 1900 Pennsylvania
Vanderbilt university Nashville 1873 Tennessee
Rice university Houston 1912 Texas
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles 1919 Los Angeles
Cornell University Ithaca 1865 New York
University of California Berkeley Berkeley 1868 California
Williams college Williamstown 1793 Massachusetts

Top 10 Universities and Colleges in USA

1. Stanford University, California
Stanford University was founded in 1885 by Jane and Leland Stanford in memory of their only child. The University’s pristine campus, one of the largest in the United States, is located in California’s suburban Bay Area some 30 miles from San Francisco. The University is home to a wide range of student organizations such as the Stanford Pre-Business Association and the Stanford Solar Car Project. The university has three academic schools and four professional schools. It is one of the top fundraising institutions in the country. Its faculty and alumni have founded a number of companies which earn over $2.7 trillion in annual revenue. It is the alma mater of a number of US Congress members, astronauts, billionaires, Turing Award and Nobel laureates.

2. Williams College, Massachusetts
Williams College is a private liberal arts college founded in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams. It is located at Williamstown in Massachusetts and is one of the oldest colleges in the country. The school’s traditions include a Mountain Day in October every year when students hike to the nearby Mount Greylock. Williams College has three academic branches which are languages and the arts, social sciences, and science and mathematics. It has small class size and Oxford-style tutorials which rely heavily on student participation. Its students are known for academic and athletic skills.

3. Princeton University, New Jersey
Founded in 1746, Princeton University is among the oldest colleges in the United States. It is located in the quiet suburban town of Princeton in New Jersey. The University campus has on offer a number of events, activities and organizations apart from a thoroughly engaging academic environment. Its old-world ambiance is especially perceptible in the Nassau Hall, which was the temporary capitol of the United States in 1783. This Ivy League institution is one of the best research universities in the world with connections to more than 40 Nobel laureates, 17 National Medal of Science recipients and five National Humanities Medal winners.

4. Harvard University, Massachusetts
Harvard University was founded in 1636. It is located in the city of Cambridge in Massachusetts close to Boston. Its huge library system is home to the oldest collection of books in the United States which also happens to be the largest private collection in the world. However, if you think Harvard is all about diving deep into books only, you’re thoroughly mistaken. The University athletic teams compete in the Ivy League and the Harvard and Yale football teams are old rivals. The on-campus residential housing is an intrinsic part of student life at Harvard.

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts
Established in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an independent, private research university based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The five different schools of MIT are engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences, management and science besides architecture and planning. The university is connected to as many as 85 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science recipients, 45 MacArthur Fellows and 29 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners. Scientific and technological advances attributed to the MIT include the first chemical synthesis of penicillin, development of the radar, discovery of quarks, and invention of magnetic core memory, which paved way for the development of digital computers.

6. Yale University, Connecticut
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Its history goes back to 1701 when it was founded as the Collegiate School in Saybrook, Connecticut before moving to New Haven 15 years later. It was renamed Yale College in 1718 in honour of Welsh benefactor Elihu Yale. In 1861, it became the first university in the US to award a PhD. Yale’s main campus spans 260 acres of New Haven and some of its buildings date back to the mid-18th century. The university comprises 14 schools covering humanities and arts, sciences and social sciences. Students are also trained in quantitative reasoning, writing skills and foreign languages.

7. Pomona College, California
Pomona College was founded in 1887. It is one of the United State’s premier liberal arts colleges. It’s based in Claremont, California, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The campus area spans 140 acres and its proximity to the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains provides a suburban setting. Since Pomona College is not very far from Los Angeles, students here have great opportunities for substantive internships in a wide range of fields, including media, science and law besides community involvement and outdoor activities. Pomona nurtures a diverse yet close-knit community of skilled scholars, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs passionate about making a difference in the world.

8. Brown University, Rhode Island
Brown University was founded in 1764. It is located atop College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. The University has a college-town feel with the nearby Thayer Street serving as a hub of activity. The University men’s soccer team ranks among the top 25 teams in the nation. All students at Brown are required to live on campus for their first six semesters. Students can pursue their interests by taking part in any of the 400 student organizations on campus. The University features a small but vibrant Greek community.

9. Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Wesleyan University is a private institution founded in 1831. Located at Middletown in Connecticut and overlooking the Connecticut River, the University’s setting is urban and the beautiful campus area spans 316 acres. The school offers about 200 student organizations. Wesleyan University is regarded as one of the Little Ivies, which is a group of highly exclusive, academically exacting liberal arts schools.

10. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
Swarthmore College was established in 1864. It is located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia and has a campus area spanning 425 acres. The school was founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). However, it does not owe any religious affiliation today. The school offers over 100 organizations that students can take part in on campus. Unlike most other liberal arts colleges, Swarthmore offers an undergraduate engineering program as well. Some of its notable alumni include NASA scientist Nancy Grace Roman whois hailed as the “mother of the Hubble telescope”; former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis and former president of the World Bank Robert Zoellick.

List of Top 300 Universities and Colleges in USA [2016 Ranking]

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Rank Name State Cost Total Student Population
1 Stanford University California $64,477 16963
2 Williams College Massachusetts $66,240 2126
3 Princeton University New Jersey $61,160 8088
4 Harvard University Massachusetts $64,400 28791
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts $63,250 11319
6 Yale University Connecticut $66,445 12336
7 Pomona College California $64,870 1650
8 Brown University Rhode Island $65,380 9181
9 Wesleyan University Connecticut $65,443 3224
10 Swarthmore College Pennsylvania $64,363 1542
11 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania $66,800 24806
12 Amherst College Massachusetts $66,572 1792
13 University of Notre Dame Indiana $64,775 12179
14 United States Military Academy New York $0 4414
15 Northwestern University Illinois $68,060 21554
16 Columbia University New York $69,084 27589
17 Dartmouth College New Hampshire $67,044 6298
18 Tufts University Massachusetts $65,900 10907
19 Bowdoin College Maine $63,440 1805
20 University of Chicago Illinois $70,100 15097
21 Georgetown University District of Columbia $66,971 17858
22 Boston College Massachusetts $65,620 14317
23 Haverford College Pennsylvania $66,648 1194
24 United States Naval Academy Maryland $0 4511
25 Davidson College North Carolina $62,894 1770
26 Duke University North Carolina $66,739 15856
27 Carleton College Minnesota $64,420 2057
28 Washington and Lee University Virginia $61,235 2264
29 Cornell University New York $65,494 21679
30 Rice University Texas $58,253 6621
31 Claremont McKenna College California $66,325 1324
32 Wellesley College Massachusetts $63,390 2323
33 Vassar College New York $65,480 2421
34 Middlebury College Vermont $63,456 2533
35 United States Air Force Academy Colorado $0 3952
36 University of Virginia Virginia $58,745 23732
37 Barnard College New York $65,261 2573
38 College of William & Mary Virginia $55,330 8437
39 California Institute of Technology California $63,471 2209
40 University of California, Berkeley California $59,963 37565
41 Colby College Maine $63,330 1847
42 Colgate University New York $64,800 2888
43 Oberlin College Ohio $66,870 2978
44 University of Michigan Michigan $57,432 43625
45 Vanderbilt University Tennessee $63,532 12686
46 University of California, Los Angeles California $58,099 41845
47 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill North Carolina $49,431 29135
48 Kenyon College Ohio $64,360 1662
49 Bucknell University Pennsylvania $65,268 3624
50 Hamilton College New York $63,870 1904
51 College of the Holy Cross Massachusetts $61,524 2787
52 Bates College Maine $64,590 1773
53 Whitman College Washington $59,902 1498
54 Smith College Massachusetts $64,486 2989
55 Lafayette College Pennsylvania $63,680 2503
56 Franklin and Marshall College Pennsylvania $65,640 2209
57 Colorado College Colorado $63,600 2067
58 University of Rochester New York $65,264 11060
59 Harvey Mudd College California $69,355 804
60 Washington University in St. Louis Missouri $67,751 14348
61 Wake Forest University North Carolina $64,478 7788
62 Villanova University Pennsylvania $62,773 10735
63 Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania $65,895 12587
64 Reed College Oregon $64,480 1394
65 University of Southern California California $67,212 42453
66 Johns Hopkins University Maryland $65,496 21372
67 Emory University Georgia $63,058 14769
68 Macalester College Minnesota $61,853 2073
69 University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin $43,923 42598
70 Bryn Mawr College Pennsylvania $63,990 1709
71 Union College (NY) New York $64,245 2242
72 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Illinois $44,924 45140
73 Grinnell College Iowa $61,498 1734
74 Brandeis University Massachusetts $65,954 5945
75 University of Washington Washington $49,338 44784
76 Lehigh University Pennsylvania $60,575 7119
77 New York University New York $68,400 49274
78 University of Florida Florida $42,939 49459
79 Boston University Massachusetts $65,906 32112
80 Dickinson College Pennsylvania $64,541 2364
81 Connecticut College Connecticut $64,965 1900
82 University of Maryland Maryland $46,285 37610
83 Scripps College California $66,060 988
84 Trinity College (CT) Connecticut $66,420 2408
85 Skidmore College New York $64,850 2646
86 Brigham Young University Utah $17,718 30484
87 Wheaton College (IL) Illinois $45,260 2914
88 Santa Clara University California $63,666 9015
89 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia $45,972 23109
90 Kalamazoo College Michigan $54,766 1461
91 DePauw University Indiana $58,478 2215
92 Cooper Union New York $62,710 966
93 University of Texas, Austin Texas $51,192 51313
94 Sewanee—University of the South Tennessee $51,950 1714
95 University of Georgia Georgia $43,344 35197
96 Trinity University (TX) Texas $52,618 2432
97 Rhodes College Tennessee $57,714 2054
98 Denison University Ohio $60,710 2278
99 Occidental College California $67,046 2040
100 Centre College Kentucky $51,030 1387
101 University of Richmond Virginia $61,370 4182
102 Mount Holyoke College Massachusetts $58,646 2255
103 George Washington University District of Columbia $65,260 25613
104 Babson College Massachusetts $64,612 3049
105 Saint Olaf College Minnesota $54,630 3034
106 Wofford College South Carolina $53,539 1658
107 Furman University South Carolina $60,714 2973
108 Rhode Island School of Design Rhode Island $64,640 2449
109 Case Western Reserve University Ohio $61,510 10771
110 Sarah Lawrence College New York $66,642 1761
111 Providence College Rhode Island $60,400 4533
112 University of Miami (FL) Florida $62,329 16674
113 United States Coast Guard Academy Connecticut $2,393 896
114 University of California, Santa Barbara California $59,911 23051
115 Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana $47,892 46416
116 Southern Methodist University Texas $67,165 11272
117 University of California, San Diego California $56,174 30709
118 Virginia Tech Virginia $41,499 31224
119 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Minnesota $34,724 51147
120 University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado $54,427 32432
121 Gettysburg College Pennsylvania $62,370 2447
122 Bard College New York $66,724 2469
123 Pitzer College California $65,880 1076
124 American University District of Columbia $60,586 13061
125 University of California, Davis California $59,085 34508
126 Hobart and William Smith Colleges New York $64,903 2425
127 Purdue University Indiana $41,834 39752
128 Muhlenberg College Pennsylvania $59,725 2440
129 Tulane University Louisiana $65,082 12603
130 Pepperdine University California $66,152 7417
131 Saint John’s University (MN) Minnesota $52,230 1895
132 Earlham College Indiana $56,510 1076
133 College of Wooster Ohio $57,500 2049
134 Lawrence University Wisconsin $55,275 1511
135 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute New York $66,172 6835
136 Drake University Iowa $48,092 5062
137 University of Delaware Delaware $45,550 22680
138 University of Vermont Vermont $53,392 12856
139 University of Denver Colorado $60,206 11809
140 Colorado School of Mines Colorado $49,201 5962
141 Rutgers University New Jersey $45,788 48378
142 Texas A&M University Texas $43,364 61642
143 Bennington College Vermont $66,120 755
144 Syracuse University New York $61,242 21492
145 Fordham University New York $67,457 15231
146 Beloit College Wisconsin $55,240 1303
147 University of Connecticut Connecticut $50,844 26541
148 Willamette University Oregon $58,997 2780
149 Michigan State University Michigan $48,848 50081
150 Loyola Marymount University California $60,648 9515
151 Hampshire College Massachusetts $63,698 1376
152 Wabash College Indiana $51,840 926
153 Saint Lawrence University New York $63,800 2419
154 College of the Atlantic Maine $53,196 386
155 Hope College Michigan $42,520 3455
156 Lewis & Clark College Oregon $59,424 3504
157 Marquette University Wisconsin $51,726 11745
158 Westmont College California $57,400 1300
159 University of Utah Utah $39,602 31515
160 Ohio State University Ohio $42,907 58322
161 Hendrix College Arkansas $56,214 1358
162 University of California, Irvine California $56,810 30051
163 Virginia Military Institute Virginia $51,366 1700
164 Pennsylvania State University Pennsylvania $48,900 47040
165 Fairfield University Connecticut $61,275 5123
166 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Massachusetts $61,200 6381
167 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California $36,574 20186
168 Clemson University South Carolina $46,738 21857
169 Saint John’s College, Annapolis Maryland $62,097 472
170 Elon University North Carolina $46,670 6483
171 Louisiana State University Louisiana $42,913 31044
172 Juniata College Pennsylvania $53,590 1632
173 Gustavus Adolphus College Minnesota $52,830 2457
174 James Madison University Virginia $39,746 20855
175 Ursinus College Pennsylvania $62,922 1681
176 SUNY, Binghamton (Binghamton University) New York $37,371 16695
177 Florida State University Florida $37,237 41226
178 Bentley University Massachusetts $61,005 5565
179 College of New Jersey New Jersey $43,751 7409
180 Miami University (OH) Ohio $46,113 18620
181 Gonzaga University Washington $53,247 7352
182 University of Portland Oregon $57,040 4143
183 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Indiana $60,801 2388
184 University of Iowa Iowa $40,796 29970
185 Baylor University Texas $56,796 16263
186 Emerson College Massachusetts $59,807 4545
187 Calvin College Michigan $44,050 3993
188 Clark University Massachusetts $51,890 3423
189 North Carolina State University North Carolina $38,749 33989
190 Hillsdale College Michigan $37,552 1526
191 Knox College Illinois $52,759 1399
192 University of Puget Sound Washington $59,756 2826
193 Loyola University Maryland Maryland $61,550 5967
194 University of Redlands California $63,003 5333
195 Yeshiva University New York $57,355 6348
196 Auburn University Alabama $47,410 25912
197 Samford University Alabama $43,666 4933
198 Saint Michael’s College Vermont $53,905 2618
199 University of Oklahoma Oklahoma $38,546 27261
200 University of California, Santa Cruz California $59,472 17866
201 University of New Hampshire New Hampshire $44,798 15117
202 University of South Carolina South Carolina $45,387 32971
203 University of Dayton Ohio $53,530 11343
204 University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania $42,462 28617
205 University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts $44,407 28635
206 Saint Mary’s College of Maryland Maryland $43,550 1721
207 New College of Florida Florida $43,346 834
208 College of the Ozarks Missouri $28,476 1433
209 University of Tulsa Oklahoma $55,875 4682
210 Texas Christian University Texas $58,270 10033
211 University of San Diego California $61,569 8349
212 Stonehill College Massachusetts $55,670 2284
213 College of Idaho Idaho $38,600 1144
214 Creighton University Nebraska $50,716 8236
215 Northeastern University Massachusetts $62,800 19798
216 University of Missouri Missouri $39,840 35425
217 Saint Anselm College New Hampshire $53,738 1968
218 Saint Louis University Missouri $55,536 17052
219 University of Oregon Oregon $46,904 24096
220 University of Arizona Arizona $46,970 42236
221 Saint Mary’s College (IN) Indiana $51,120 1519
222 Hampden-Sydney College Virginia $57,790 1105
223 Saint Joseph’s University (PA) Pennsylvania $59,138 8974
224 Clarkson University New York $62,332 3873
225 Luther College Iowa $51,165 2385
226 Butler University Indiana $52,615 4848
227 United States Merchant Marine Academy New York $8,475 961
228 The City College of New York New York $35,224 15579
229 University of Saint Thomas (MN) Minnesota $51,285 10140
230 Transylvania University Kentucky $47,030 1014
231 University of San Francisco California $61,684 10689
232 Saint Mary’s College of California California $61,227 4112
233 Manhattan College New York $56,210 3970
234 Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois $54,686 1893
235 The Catholic University of America District of Columbia $58,394 6699
236 SUNY, Geneseo New York $33,443 5658
237 George Mason University Virginia $47,784 33729
238 University of Nebraska, Lincoln Nebraska $37,544 25006
239 Ithaca College New York $58,798 6587
240 Wheaton College (MA) Massachusetts $61,865 1587
241 University of Wyoming Wyoming $29,909 12820
242 San Diego State University California $38,611 33483
243 University of Scranton Pennsylvania $58,130 5589
244 Truman State University Missouri $26,960 6248
245 University at Buffalo (SUNY) New York $40,798 29995
246 Wittenberg University Ohio $50,718 1964
247 Hanover College Indiana $47,666 1145
248 Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey $62,940 6125
249 Linfield College Oregon $52,814 1683
250 Grove City College Pennsylvania $26,806 2509
251 Thomas Aquinas College California $35,724 378
252 University of Alabama Alabama $44,202 36047
253 University of Kansas Kansas $39,951 27180
254 Whitworth University Washington $52,468 2654
255 SUNY, Stony Brook (Stony Brook University) New York $38,735 24607
256 College of Saint Benedict Minnesota $53,475 2020
257 Iowa State University Iowa $32,390 34435
258 CUNY, Baruch College New York $36,819 18090
259 Bradley University Illinois $44,620 5300
260 Valparaiso University Indiana $49,500 4507
261 Seattle University Washington $56,481 7273
262 Albion College Michigan $52,085 1268
263 Southwestern University Texas $50,840 1538
264 Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois $60,424 7898
265 Rollins College Florida $64,804 3207
266 University of Tennessee, Knoxville Tennessee $48,046 30386
267 Presbyterian College South Carolina $49,580 1460
268 University of Arkansas Arkansas $36,810 26237
269 University of California, Riverside California $58,193 21498
270 Taylor University Indiana $41,967 2146
271 The Citadel South Carolina $47,446 3592
272 Cornell College (IA) Iowa $52,153 1086
273 New School New York $66,326 10477
274 Drew University New Jersey $62,706 2113
275 University of Mary Washington Virginia $40,156 4535
276 University of Dallas Texas $51,700 2548
277 CUNY, Queens College New York $34,024 19310
278 Arizona State University Arizona $41,004 50320
279 Loyola University Chicago Illinois $56,536 15902
280 DePaul University Illinois $52,402 23799
281 Austin College Texas $50,647 1301
282 Washington & Jefferson College Pennsylvania $56,332 1362
283 John Carroll University Ohio $52,100 3688
284 Bryant University Rhode Island $57,061 3462
285 Allegheny College Pennsylvania $56,710 2023
286 Goucher College Maryland $56,922 2120
287 Agnes Scott College Georgia $50,386 873
288 CUNY, Brooklyn College New York $34,847 17390
289 Saint John’s College, Santa Fe New Mexico $62,184 397
290 Spelman College Georgia $45,051 2135
291 CUNY, Hunter College New York $28,556 23112
292 Nebraska Wesleyan University Nebraska $42,640 2083
293 Washington College Maryland $58,212 1485
294 Duquesne University Pennsylvania $48,796 9648
295 Seattle Pacific University Washington $51,552 4217
296 Siena College New York $50,481 3179
297 Colorado State University Colorado $40,561 31354
298 Simmons College Massachusetts $55,250 4802
299 Seton Hall University New Jersey $53,294 9627
300 Pacific Lutheran University Washington $51,838 3242

Last Updated on: September 22nd, 2017