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Top 100 Colleges in the United States

Higher Education Articles January 28, 2013

There are several highly rated private and public universities and colleges throughout the country. Amherst College, Williams College, Yale University, Princeton University and Harvard University feature among the best schools in the United States. In this article, we will take a closer look at these schools and list several other high-ranked U.S. colleges.

Amherst College – Amherst, Massachusetts

This is a privately-owned residential school that is ranked among the three best liberal arts educational institutions in the United States (source: U.S. News & World Report). The school typically offers undergraduate courses, with Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs offered in thirty-six fields that include women’s and gender studies as well as American studies. Small class sizes distinguish the school that has an exceptional faculty to student ratio of 1:8. Students at Amherst are also allowed to enroll into courses at one or more of the other schools belonging to the Five Colleges consortium; the other four member institutions are Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Williams College – Williamstown, Massachusetts

Like Amherst College, Williams College is also a privately-owned residential school that consistently features among the three best liberal arts colleges in the United States as rated by the U.S. News & World Report. Again, as in the case of Amherst, the predominant focus of this school is on the bachelor degree programs, with 2,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programs in sciences, social sciences and humanities, apart from art history and development economics. Students of art history have the opportunity to work closely with the Williams College Museum of Art. Being a liberal arts college, Williams College has small class sizes; learning is experiential at the school that also has need-blind admissions. The college is committed to satisfying the demonstrated financial need of every enrolled student.

Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut

Founded in 1701, Yale University consistently features among the three best schools in the country as rated by the U.S. News & World Report. In keeping up with its reputation as a leading research university of the country, Yale University has recently started a renovation and construction project aimed at revamping scientific facilities including research laboratories. The project is expected to cost about one billion dollars. The college comprises of a graduate college, an undergraduate school, and several professional schools; those include schools dedicated to education in law, nursing, medicine and architecture. The famous Yale center for British Art and the Peabody Museum of Natural History are also located within the university premises.

Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts

When Harvard University started in 1636, Massachusetts was just a colony. Known to be the nation’s oldest postsecondary institution, it consistently featured among the three best national American universities as rated by U.S. News & World Report. With more than 20,000 students enrolled, this privately owned Ivy League university comprises of Harvard College, a bachelor degree institution alongside eleven graduate and professional schools that offer professional degree programs as well as master and doctoral degree programs. The business school, the medical school and the law school feature among the graduate colleges and are highly rated.

Princeton University – Princeton, New Jersey

This is the fourth oldest university in the country that ranks consistently among the three best national universities in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report. This privately owned Ivy League institution is famous for housing many best-equipped research libraries in the country containing more than six million cataloged books apart from a broad range of other materials. Bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs are offered at the university in a wide range of fields including diverse subjects such as physics and architecture.

List of 100 Leading Colleges in the United States

School Name Total Student Enrollment Location
American University 11,684 Washington, D.C.
Amherst College 1,697 Amherst, Massachusetts
Auburn University 24,530 Auburn, Alabama
Barnard College 2,359 New York, New York
Baylor University 14,541 Waco, Texas
Boston College 14,836 Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Boston University 31,766 Boston, Massachusetts
Brandeis University 5,327 Waltham, Massachusetts
Brigham Young University 34,244 Provo, Utah
Brown University 8,318 Providence, Rhode Island
Bryn Mawr College 1,745 Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
California Institute of Technology 2,126 Pasadena, California
Carnegie Mellon University 10,875 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Case Western Reserve University 9,814 Cleveland, Ohio
Clemson University 18,317 Clemson, South Carolina
College of New Jersey 6,949 Ewing, New Jersey
College of the Ozarks 1,334 Point Lookout, Missouri
College of William and Mary 7,892 Williamsburg, Virginia
Columbia University 23,196 New York, New York
Cornell University 20,273 Ithaca, New York
Dartmouth College 5,848 Hanover, New Hampshire
Davidson College 1,668 Davidson, North Carolina
Depauw University 2,298 Greencastle, Indiana
Drexel University 21,537 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duke University 14,060 Durham, North Carolina
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 5,062 Daytona Beach, Florida
Emory University 12,755 Atlanta, Georgia
Florida State University 38,682 Tallahassee, Florida
George Washington University 25,116 Washington, District of Columbia
Georgetown University 15,318 Washington, District of Columbia
Georgia Institute of Technology 19,413 Atlanta, Georgia
Harding University 6,446 Searcy, Arkansas
Harvard University 26,496 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Haverford College 1,169 Haverford, Pennsylvania
Indiana University – Bloomington 40,354 Bloomington, Indiana
Johns Hopkins University 19,758 Baltimore, Maryland
Lehigh University 6,994 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Marquette University 11,633 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 10,299 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Michigan State University 46,510 East Lansing, Michigan
Middlebury College 2,455 Middlebury, Vermont
Mount Holyoke College 2,241 South Hadley, Massachusetts
New York University 42,189 New York, New York
Northeastern University 25,837 Boston, Massachusetts
Northwestern University 19,291 Evanston, Illinois
Ohio State University 53,715 Columbus, Ohio
Oklahoma State University 22,995 Stillwater, Oklahoma
Pennsylvania State University 44,406 University Park, Pennsylvania
Pepperdine University 7,614 Malibu, California
Pomona College 1,532 Claremont, California
Princeton University 7,330 Princeton, New Jersey
Rice University 5,357 Houston, Texas
Rollins College 3,259 Winter Park, Florida
Salisbury University 7,868 Salisbury, Maryland
Stanford University 17,833 Stanford, Californias
Stevens Institute of Technology 5,595 Hoboken, New Jersey
Swarthmore College 1,490 Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Syracuse University 19,366 Syracuse, New York
Temple University 35,490 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Texas A&M University – College Station 48,039 College Station, Texas
Truman State University 5,880 Kirksville, Missouri
Tufts University 10,030 Medford, Massachusetts
Tulane University 10,737 New Orleans, Louisiana
University of Alabama 27,014 Tuscaloosa, Alabama
University of Arizona 38,057 Tucson, Arizona
University of Arkansas 19,194 Fayetteville, Arkansas
University of California – Berkeley 35,396 Berkeley, California
University of California – Los Angeles 38,220 Los Angeles, California
University of Chicago 14,788 Chicago, Illinois
University of Colorado – Boulder 32,469 Boulder, Colorado
University of Delaware 20,500 Newark, Delaware
University of Florida 51,474 Gainesville, Florida
University of Georgia 34,180 Athens, Georgia
University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign 43,246 Champaign, Illinois
University of Kansas 29,365 Lawrence, Kansas
University of Maryland – College Park 37,000 College Park, Maryland
University of Miami 15,323 Coral Gables, Florida
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor 41,028 Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities 51,140 Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of Nebraska – Lincoln 23,573 Lincoln, Nebraska
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill 28,567 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
University of Notre Dame 11,731 Notre Dame, Indiana
University of Oklahoma 26,140 Norman, Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania 24,107 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh 27,562 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
University of Southern California 33,747 Los Angeles, California
University of Texas – Austin 49,984 Austin, Texas
University of Virginia 24,541 Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Washington 39,675 Seattle, Washington
University of Wisconsin – Madison 41,620 Madison, Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University 12,093 Nashville, Tennessee
Vassar College 2,389 Poughkeepsie, New York
Villanova University 10,274 Villanova, Pennsylvania
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 30,739 Blacksburg, Virginia
Wake Forest University 6,862 Winston Salem, North Carolina
Washington University in St. Louis 13,339 St. Louis, Missouri
Wellesley College 2,498 Wellesley, Massachusetts
Willamette University 2,637 Salem, Oregon
Williams College 2,072 Williamstown, Massachusetts
Yale University 10,192 New Haven, Connecticut

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