Study in the United States

If you want to study in the United States, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

the United States has 148 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in the United States is California Institute of Technology, which is ranked at number 2.

Choosing where to study for a degree in the United States is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of the United States below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where the United States’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much the United States is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

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Top universities in the United States

Statistics about the United States

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 13.05%
  • Of which, on higher education 26.11%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 86.66%
  • Population 321,418,820
  • Unemployment 6.2%
  • Annual GDP 2.43%
Data source: The World Bank