Top 10 Best Universities in US (2019)

Not surprisingly, 157 American Institutions marked their place in QS World University Rankings 2020, released very recently in June 2019. United States has always been endowed as the most dominant country when it comes to world’s prestigious universities, providing highest quality education, comprising state-of-the-art infrastructure, conducting avant garde research work, leading breakthrough discoveries, and bestowing life enriching experiences.

Do you aspire to study at the #1 university in the world? Then, US ought to be your study abroad destination. Check out the 10 topmost universities in US here.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

World Rank: 1

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The topmost university in the world, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) takes the crown yet again, for eight years in a row now. Founded in 1861, located on the outskirts of Boston (Cambridge), with an urban campus just alongside the Charles River. The institute is organized into five schools namely Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Management; and Science.

Offering degree programs in a wide range of subjects to more than 11,000 students, this research-intensive university is granted permission to conduct ground breaking research work on land, under the sea, and in space as well. Further, MIT has breakthroughs like development of radar, the invention of magnetic core memory and the concept of the expanding universe, all to its credit.

Moreover, 89 Noble laureates, 58 National Medal of Science winners, 29 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners, 48 MacArthur Fellows, 15 Turing Award winners, and famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and physicist Richard Feynman are among its notable alumni.

Location: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307, United States

Stanford University

World Rank: 2

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Consistently ranked among the top three universities in the world,  based in the heart of Silicon Valley in North California, Stanford University stands tall as the second best university in the world. Founded in 1885 by California Senator Leland Stanford and his wife Jane in memory of their only son, Leland Junior, who died of typhoid in 1884 at the age of 15. The institute boasts of one of the largest and most beautiful campuses in US, comprising several sculpture gardens, art museums and a public meditation centre along with the faculty buildings catering to over 16,000 students every year.

Further, renowned for business courses, it is made up of 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools:  the Graduate School of Business; School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Humanities and Sciences; Law School; and School of Medicine.

In addition, its eminent alumni include 19 Nobel Laureates, 17 astronauts, 18 Turing Award recipients, 2 Fields Medalists and successful entrepreneurs such as the founders or co-founders of Netflix, YouTube, WhatsApp and Google. Moreover, Stanford is famed for its ground breaking discoveries like the first successful heart-lung transplant, the debut of the computer mouse and the development of digital music.

Location: 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, California, 94305–2004, United States

Harvard University

World Rank: 3

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Located around the banks of the Charles River, comprising a large residential campus in Cambridge (Massachusetts), home to more than 21,000 students, Harvard University is the top third University in the world. US’ oldest university dating back to 1636, it was named after its first benefactor and founder, John Harvard, and even houses a bronze sculpture of him.

Further, the university’s campus comprises of 12 degree-granting schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, two theaters, more than 100 research centres, and five museums. Moreover, it also boasts of having the largest academic library system in the world, with a total of 79 libraries, with 20.4 million volumes, 180,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 124 million archived web pages and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts.

Harvard counts among its alumni a good number of 8 US presidents, 62 living billionaires, 359 Rhodes Scholars, 242 Marshall Scholars, 108 olympic medals, 158 Nobel laureates, 14 Turing Award winners, 62 living billionaires, 30 state heads, and 48 pulitzer prize winners.

Location: Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, United States

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

World Rank: 5

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Another one of the topmost universities in the world is the California Institute of Technology, holding its head high at the world rank of 5. Based in Pasadena (California), Caltech is the smallest institute in the world’s top 10 universities. However, the research led university has several state-of-the-art facilities like Jet Propulsion Laboratory (owned by NASA), the Caltech Seismological Laboratory, and the International Observatory Network.

Founded in 1891, as a preparatory and vocational school by Amos G. Throop, was renamed as the California Institute of Technology in 1920. A world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, it offers graduate, undergraduate and doctoral degree programs to around 2,200 students under six divisions namely Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Biology and Biological Engineering, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Engineering, and Applied Science.

Further, boasting of 72 Nobel Laureates, 6 Turing Award winners and 4 Fields Medalists, Caltech also has  71 United States National Medal of Science or Technology to its credit. Harrison Hagan Jack Schmitt, Linus Carl Pauling, Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, Regina Dugan, Arvind Virmani and Arati Prabhakar are a few of the big names associated with the institute.

Location: 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California, 91125, United States

University of Chicago

World Rank: 10

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Established in 1890, located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, near Lake Michigan, University of Chicago is next in our list of topmost universities in US. Home to more than 16,000 students from all over the world, the university offers degree and academic programs across the undergraduate College, five graduate divisions, six professional schools, and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Further, the university’s physics department has, the development of the world’s first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction, to its credit. Moreover, it comprises the prestigious professional schools the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Booth School of Business, and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies.

98 Nobel laureates, 54 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Marshall Scholars, 9 Fields Medalists, 4 Turing Award Winners, 25 Pulitzer Prize winners, 20 National Humanities Medalists and former US president Barack Obama, novelists Philip Roth and Saul Bellow, pioneering balloonist Jeannette Piccard, and the fictional archaeologist Indiana Jones are among the distinguished alumni of the university. In addition, Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), Larry Erison (Founder of Oracle Corporation), Thomas Rex Lee (Associate Justice of Utah Supreme Court), Ed Asner (Renowned Actor), Jan Crull (Documentary Filmmaker), Cliff Asness (Founder of AQR Capital), and Patrick Doyle (CEO of Domino’s) are few more names associated with the institute.

Location: Edward H. Levi Hall, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60637, United States

Princeton University

World Rank: 13

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One of the oldest university in US, founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, and renamed as Princeton University in 1896, this institute is one amongst the topmost universities in the world and in US. Enrolling over 8,000 students every year, the institute offers undergraduate and graduate education in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. However, it is primarily devoted to teaching arts and humanities.

Further, the picturesque greenery, and state-of-the-art buildings such as the Lewis Library designed by Frank Gehry are the major attractions in the university campus now based in Princeton. Prior to Princeton, the college was located in Elizabeth for one year and then in Newark for nine long years. However, today’s Princeton comprising of 180 buildings including 10 libraries, was named one of the most beautiful in the United States by New York’s Travel+Leisure magazine.

Moreover, with its illustrious alumni in almost every field, the college boasts of educating two US presidents, James Madison and Woodrow Wilson, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad, actors Jimmy Stewart and David Duchovny, model/actress Brooke Shields and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Location:  Princeton, New Jersey, 08544, United States

Cornell University

World Rank: 14

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Next in our list of topmost universities in US is the university that offered the first ever degree in journalism and veterinary medicine, the Cornell University. Located on the East Hill in Ithaca, New York, Cornell proudly boasts of a total of six locations across the world including the 608 building main campus in Ithaca, Weill Cornell Medicine school along with a Tech campus located in New York City, a base in Rome for art, architecture and urban planning, a centre for students to gain work experience in Washington DC, and a medical college at Education City in Doha, Qatar.

Founded in 1865, the university is made up of eight undergraduate schools and four graduate colleges, offering 80 majors and 100 fields of graduate study. Further, enrolling nearly 24,000 stuents every year, Cornell counts 45 Nobel laureates, Tsai Ing-wen, the president-elect of Taiwan, and Huey Lewis, frontman for the band Huey Lewis among its faculty members and alumni.

Location:  Day Hall Lobby, Ithaca, New York, 14853, United States

University of Pennsylvania

World Rank: 15

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An Ivy League research university located in the city of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, has marked a place amongst the topmost universities in US this year. Founded in 1740, by Benjamin Franklin, the university enrolls over 21,500 students, offering a total of 99 undergraduate programmes in sciences, business, humanities, and natural engineering.

Further, the university maintains 4 undergraduate schools and 12 graduate and professional schools. One of the oldest institutions of advanced education in the USA, it is made up of around  200 buildings  designed by the Cope and Steward Son firm.

Notable alumni of the university include 35 Nobel Laureates, 27 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Marshall Scholarship recipients, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 48 Fulbright Scholars and  some big names like the physicist Raymond Davis Jr and economist Lawrence Klein.

Location:  3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104, United States

Yale University

World Rank: 17

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Established in 1701 as the Collegiate School in Saybrook, Connecticut, the now Yale University  was later renamed as Yale College in 1718, in honour of Welsh benefactor Elihu Yale. The first university in the US to award a PhD in 1861, the institute is organized into 14 schools and houses many famous buildings, such as the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Sterling Memorial Library.

Situated in New Haven, Connecticut, the first planned city in America, the university  boasts of producing five US presidents: William Howard Taft, Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Moreover, 61 Nobel laureates, 78 MacArthur Fellows, 247 Rhodes Scholars and 119 Marshall Scholars, 5 Fields Medalists and 3 Turing award winners are among the distinguished alumni of the university.

Location:  New Haven, Connecticut, 06520, United States


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