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Top 10 Universities in the United States


United States universities dominate the QS World University Rankings anew with 157 institutions included in the 2019 edition. Sixty-five have improve their position last year while 47 institutions have maintained their position. 

Leading universities, promising future prospects, career opportunities and dynamic campus experience are just some of the reasons why USA is one of being the most preferred destination for international students across the world.

So.. you wanna be on top? According to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data, here are the top 10 universities in the United States. 

1. Stanford University 

Many faculty members, students and alumni have founded successful technology companies and start-ups, including Google, Netflix, Youtube, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Hewlett-Packard. Stanford is renowned for its entrepreneur and business courses.

Aside from being one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, Stanford is highly competitive with admission rate currently at 5 percent and of the 15,000 students, 22 percent are international. 

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

For a record breaking seventh consecutive year, MIT has been crowned the best university in the world. MIT also cultivates a strong entrepreneurial culture, which has seen many alumni like astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and physicist Richard Feynman. Thirty percent of the 11,000 student population are international. 

3. California Institute of Technology  

Caltech, despite its tiny size and population, has an impressive amount of successful graduates and affiliates including 72 Nobel Laureates, six Turing Award winners and four Fields Medalists. It is located in the city of Pasadena, California, the smallest university in the US top 10.

Almost all undergraduate students live on campus and across the six faculties, the focus is on science and engineering.  

4. Harvard University 

Best known university in the world, many famous alumni include eight US presidents, 157 Nobel laureates, 14 Turing Award winners and 62 living billionaires. It retains its position of third in the QS World University Ranking this year. It is also the oldest university in US, dating back to 1636.

Unlike some other universities at the top of the list, Harvard is at least equally reputed for arts and humanities as it is for science and technology, if not more so.  

5. Princeton University 

Princeton is a prestigious Ivy League with a distinctive social environment. Renowned  Princeton alumni include US presidents, astronauts, businesspeople and Olympians. Physicist Richard Feynman attended as a graduate student, as did mathematicians John Nash and Alan Turing. 

Degree courses have strict requirements. All students are required to do independent research as part of their degrees, and some must take a foreign language course. 

6. Yale University 

Yale University is a large research university with a wide array of programs, departments, schools, centers, museums, and many affiliated organizations, including both local and international reach.  Ranked 15th in the world this year, it is also known for its highly selective law school.

Some alumni include George H. W. Bush, WIlliam F. Buckley, Paul Newman and Tom Wolfe. 

7. University of Chicago 

With almost 7,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate and professionals in the university, UChicago research has led to such breakthroughs as discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling.  It continues to hold down a place in the global top 10 this year.

Some famous alumni include Bernie Sanders, Satya Nadella, Bob Newhart, Larry Ellison and Milton Friedman. 

8. Johns Hopkins University 

Known as America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins University developed water purification, ramjet engine, launched the field genetic engineering, authenticated the Dead Sea Scrolls, and fielded a men’s lacrosse team in 1883, seven years after being founded.  

Some of their famous alumni are Woodrow Wilson, John A. Wheeler, Walter Murch, and James McPherson. 

9. University of Pennsylvania 

UPenn’s founder, Benjamin Franklin advocated an educational program that focused as much on practical education for commerce and public service, concentrating on multiple faculties such as theology, medicine and classics into one institution. The first school of Medicine and collegiate business school was founded here. 

Some famous alumni are Donald and Ivanka Trump, Anil Ambani, Elon Musk and actress Elizabeth Banks. 

10. University of California, Berkeley 

Some of the milestones and discoveries from Berkeley are Earthquake Science, Sierra Club, Nutrition Science, cleaner smokestacks, Vitamin E, and Deep Sea Diving.  

Steve Wozniak, Abbie Hoffman, Harold Camping, Diane Greene and Gloria Stuart are some famous alumni from the university. 

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