As times are progressing, more and more people are beginning to understand the need of a good college education, which means that competition to secure a place at a top-ranking institution is at record-high levels. Not to worry though, as there are dozens of institutions that are great for a college education, and you would do great in any of the 100 top ranking colleges in the United States. But, there are few universities that truly stand out and make a mark every year on national level due to quality of education, bright career prospects and awesome personal grooming. Here is a list of the top-ranking institutions in the US.
1: Princeton University
Princeton has finally beaten Harvard and is now #1 in the US. The campus, situated in the small town of Princeton, New Jersey, is gorgeous and historical, having been built in the 1700s. It is a private institution, which means that tuition is pretty high compared to state universities that exist nearby. However, Princeton was the first university that started and implemented a ‘no loan’ policy, which meant that all those students that got admission at Princeton but couldn’t afford the tuition were given grants instead of loans in order to fulfill their tuition commitments. Princeton maintains such a policy to this day, and in combination with exceptional academics and excellent learning environment, Princeton is the best institution to study at in the year 2013.
2: Harvard University
Having the honor of calling itself the oldest university in the world (it was built in the 1600s), Harvard University is truly the most prestigious name in the academic world, largely due to the fact that a lot of research is being conducted at the institute by its very own professors and scientists. Harvard welcomes individuals from all over the world, and has the highest merit compared to other Ivy League institutions. Being a private university, Harvard is expensive. However, it is also the most endowment-giving university in the world, with the lowest acceptance rate. These factors ensure Harvard attracts the brightest minds in the country, and it does.
3: Yale University
Yale has a totally different model compared to other Ivy Leagues, in that it is neither too old nor too large. Situated in the small town of New Haven, Connecticut, Yale has a pretty small college life (compared to Harvard and Princeton), but it does not compromise on the research facilities that it provides to its students and professors. Yale also follows the residential college system, and is divided up into 12 residential colleges. All the student body is accommodated in these residential colleges, which ensure an environment of learning and socializing in a family-like manner.
4: Stanford University
The greatest thing about Stanford is not the fact that it is located in California, but the fact that it treats its student body like adults. Many Ivy Leagues make the mistake of undermining their skilled pool of students by not involving them in the research being conducted by university professors’ on-campus. Not Stanford, though. Stanford runs a program which is a mixture of academics and research, whereas students not only get to learn orally from their instructors but also get to apply their knowledge practically by either helping a professor in a research project or starting up independent research projects on their own.
5: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
More famously known as simply MIT, the institute is famous for its engineering and mathematical courses. However, the university also offers many other courses in various fields such as humanities, social sciences, law, management and architecture, to name a few. It has a seriously low acceptance rate, and it is considered practically impossible to get into an engineering program at MIT.
6: University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which deals with all the business majors, is perhaps the most famous and prestigious business school in the entire world. A private institution founded by Benjamin Franklin, UPenn has amazing financial aid packages that aim to minimize or totally eradicate tuition burden on the students. The University offers courses in a variety of fields, and is divided up into four different schools accordingly: Nursing, Wharton, Sciences, and Engineering and Applied Sciences.