The top universities in the United States

With a grand total of 147 US universities in the World University Rankings, there are plenty of options for a world-class education you may never have thought of.
November 24 2015

So you’ve set your hopes on attending one of the most elite universities in the world?

You’ve heard of Harvard, Stanford and MIT of course.

But with a grand total of 147 US universities in the World University Rankings, there are plenty of options for a world-class education you may never have thought of.

For the fourth year running California Institute of Technology has reigned as the best university in the world.

The prestigious Ivy League universities, which include Columbia University, Harvard and Princeton, among others, fare particularly well in the rankings, but many younger or public universities also perform extremely well when judged on teaching, research, international outcome and influence.

University of California, Berkeley, is the highest ranked public institution, at position 13.

Other state schools (outside California, which has a high concentration) include Pennsylvania State University and Ohio State University, both ranked within the best 100 universities in the world.

These state universities generally charge lower fees than private colleges, even for international students.

See the full ranking for 2015-16 here.

Rank 2015-16

University

1

California Institute of Technology

3

Stanford University

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6

Harvard University

7

Princeton University

10

University of Chicago

11

Johns Hopkins University

12

Yale University

13

University of California, Berkeley

15

Columbia University

16

University of California, Los Angeles

17

University of Pennsylvania

18

Cornell University

20

Duke University

21

University of Michigan

22

Carnegie Mellon University

25

Northwestern University

30

New York University

32

University of Washington

36

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

=39

University of California, San Diego

=39

University of California, Santa Barbara

41

Georgia Institute of Technology

=44

University of California, Davis

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