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USA Top 10 Universities

Published On: 09 Jul 2012 | Last Updated On: 18 Jun 2013

With so many students opting to study in universities and gain superior qualifications, a very important question that strikes us relates to the quality of education imparted in institutes of higher education. This is where university rankings come into the picture. The reputation of a university and the courses it offers determines the value an employer would attach to the degree you obtain from there. The reputation of the school you graduate from is important not only because it reflects the quality of education you received, but also because employers understand you and your work ethics through your association with the university you attended. Hence most students prefer to attend topnotch universities to obtain a degree that secures excellent employment opportunities.

Below is a list of top 10 US universities as per National University rankings that are based on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality and a researched view of what matters in education.

Harvard University:

Harvard University, which celebrated its 375th anniversary in 2011, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. This Ivy League school has the largest endowment of any school in the world. The result is a world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and free tuition for students from families with modest income. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is in close proximity to the hundreds of thousands of college students living in the greater Boston area.

Princeton University:

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. It is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Yale University:

Yale University is a US private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.  It comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Approximately 11,250 students attend Yale.

Columbia University:

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.  Columbia has extensive graduate programs—of its 25,000 students, over two-thirds are graduate students.  It’s location in upper Manhattan places it right in the bustle of New York City.

California Institute of Technology:

The California Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as Caltech, is a private research university located in Pasadena, California. Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphases on science and engineering. Although founded as a preparatory and vocational school, the college has attracted influential scientists and is actively involved in research projects.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1861, the institute is best known for its science, math and Engineering education. Apart from these courses, the institute also offers humanities, management, architecture and social science programs.

Stanford University:

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in today's complex world.

University of Chicago:

Located in the community of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, the University of Chicago is uniquely positioned to contribute to, and draw from, the strength and diversity of this world-class metropolis. Their undergraduate program is known for its emphasis on critical thinking and broad interdisciplinary exposure to the full range of intellectual discovery. At Chicago, campus and community are interconnected in partnerships that serve both to support the community and to train future policymakers, social workers, artists, and social and political leaders.

University of Pennsylvania (Penn):

Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives on today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of faculty, students, and staff. With nearly 12,000 undergraduates and a similar number of graduate students, Penn has a diverse and bustling urban campus.

Duke University:

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is one of the most prestigious and competitive universities in the south. Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

It is very important to choose a university that suits your needs. Always start your search well in advance and spend sufficient time to thoroughly research your options, make a list of the institutes that offer best courses and choose one that you are most comfortable with.

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