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Top US Universities and All Other Good Options

Top Universities in the USA and Tips for Your Choice

Let’s start with the list of US universities itself. This table outlines the recognized educational institutions according to the worldwide and US rankings.

 US rankings in 2020    Title  Where  World rankings in 2020  
1California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, California2
2Stanford UniversityStanford, California4
3Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, Massachusetts5
4Princeton UniversityPrinceton, New Jersey6
5Harvard UniversityCambridge Massachusetts7
6Yale UniversityNew Haven, Connecticut8
7University of ChicagoChicago, Illinois9
8University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania11
9Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, Maryland12
10University of CaliforniaBerkeley, California13
11Columbia University  New York City, New York16
12University of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles, California17
13Cornell UniversityIthaca, New York19
14Duke UniversityDurham, North Carolina20
15University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, Michigan21
16Northwestern UniversityEvanston, Illinois22
17University of WashingtonSeattle, Washington26
18Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania27
19New York University  New York City, New York29
20University of California, San DiegoSan Diego, California31
21Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, Georgia38
21University of Texas at AustinAustin, Texas38
23University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Champaign, Illinois48
24University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison, Wisconsin51
25Washington University in St LouisSt. Louis, Missouri52
26Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode Island53
27University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, North Carolina54
28University of California, DavisDavis, California55
29University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, California57
30Boston UniversityBoston, Massachusetts61
31University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, California62
32Ohio State University (Main campus)Columbus, Ohio70
33Penn State (Main campus)State College, Pennsylvania78
34University of MinnesotaMinneapolis, Minnesota79
35Emory UniversityAtlanta, Georgia80
36Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, Michigan84
37Purdue University West LafayetteWest Lafayette, Indiana88
38University of Maryland, College ParkCollege Park, Maryland91
39Dartmouth CollegeHanover, New Hampshire94
40University of California, IrvineIrvine, California96
41Georgetown UniversityWashington D.C102
42University of ArizonaTucson, Arizona104
43Rice UniversityHouston, Texas105
44University of Virginia (Main campus)Charlottesville, Virginia107
45University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania113
46Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, Tennessee116
47Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, Ohio119
48University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, Colorado124
49Indiana UniversityBloomington, Indiana134
50Tufts UniversityMedford, Massachusetts139
51Arizona State UniversityTempe, Arizona155
52University of Notre DameNotre Dame, Indiana157
53Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyNew Brunswick, New Jersey168
54University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, Alabama172
55Northeastern UniversityBoston, Massachusetts173
55University of RochesterRochester (NY), New York173
57University of FloridaGainesville, Florida175
58Texas A&M UniversityCollege Station, Texas178
59University of California, Santa CruzSanta Cruz, California179
60George Washington UniversityWashington D.C198
61Brandeis UniversityWaltham, Massachusetts201–250
61University of Hawai’i at MānoaHonolulu, Hawai’i201–250
61Howard UniversityWashington D.C201–250
61University of IowaIowa City, Iowa201–250
61University of MassachusettsAmherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Worcester Massachusetts201–250
61University of MiamiCoral Gables, Florida201–250
61University of South Florida (Tampa)Tampa, Florida201–250
61University of UtahSalt Lake City, Utah201–250
61Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg, Virginia201–250
61Wake Forest University  Winston-Salem, North Carolina201–250
61William & Mary UniversityWilliamsburg, Virginia201–250
72University at BuffaloBuffalo, New York251–300
72University of California, RiversideRiverside, California251–300
72University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio251–300
72University of DelawareNewark (DE), Delaware251–300
72Florida State UniversityTallahassee, Florida251–300
72George Mason UniversityFairfax, Virginia251–300
72University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago, Illinois251–300
72University of OregonEugene, Oregon251–300
72Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortland, Oregon251–300
72Syracuse UniversitySyracuse, New York251–300
82Boston CollegeBoston, Massachusetts301–350
82Colorado School of MinesGolden, Colorado301–350
82University of New Mexico (Main campus)Albuquerque, New Mexico301–350
82North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh North, Carolina301–350
82Nova Southeastern UniversityDavie, Florida301–350
82Rush UniversityChicago, Illinois301–350
82Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, New York301–350
82Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania301–350
82The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleKnoxville, Texas301–350
82University of Texas at DallasRichardson, Texas301–350
82Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, Louisiana301–350
93University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanks, Alaska351–400
93University of California, MercedMerced, California351–400
93Clark UniversityWorcester, Massachusetts351–400
93University of ConnecticutMansfield, Connecticut351–400
93University of DenverDenver, Colorado351–400
93Hofstra UniversityHempstead, New York351–400
93Iowa State UniversityAmes, Iowa351–400
93Oregon State UniversityCorvallis, Oregon351–400
93State University of New York AlbanyAlbany, New York351–400
93Washington State UniversityPullman, Washington351–400
93Wayne State UniversityDetroit, Michigan351–400
104University of AlabamaTuscaloosa, Alabama401–500
104American UniversityWashington D.C401–500
104Colorado State University, Fort CollinsFort Collins, Colorado401–500
104Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania401–500
104University of GeorgiaAthens, Georgia401–500
104Georgia State UniversityAtlanta, Georgia401–500
104University of HoustonHouston, Texas401–500
104University of KansasLawrence, Kansas401–500
104University of KentuckyLexington, Kentucky401–500
104University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia, Missouri401–500
104University of Missouri-St LouisSt. Louis, Missouri401–500
104University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, Nebraska401–500
104New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologySocorro, New Mexico401–500
104Oklahoma State UniversityStillwater, Oklahoma401–500
104Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, New York401–500
104University of South Carolina-ColumbiaColumbia, South Carolina401–500
104University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas401–500
104University of TulsaTulsa, Oklahoma401–500
122University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsville, Alabama501–600
122Binghamton University, State University of New YorkBinghamton, New York501–600
122Florida International UniversityMiami, Florida501–600
122University of IdahoMoscow, Idaho501–600
122Louisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge, Louisiana501–600
122Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRolla, Missouri501–600
122University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmaha, Nebraska501–600
122New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewark (NJ), New Jersey501–600
122Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaff, Arizona501–600
122University of Rhode IslandSouth Kingstown, Rhode Island501–600
122San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, California501–600
122University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukee, Wisconsin501–600
134University of ArkansasFayateville, Arkansas601–800
134Auburn UniversityAuburn, Alabama601–800
134Baylor UniversityWaco, Texas601–800
134University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida601–800
134Clemson UniversityClemson, South Carolina601–800
134Creighton UniversityOmaha, Nebraska601–800
134Kansas State UniversityManhattan, Kansas601–800
134Kent State UniversityKent, Ohio601–800
134Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, Pennsylvania601–800
134University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBaltimore, Maryland601–800
134University of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada601–800
134New Mexico State University (Main campus)Las Cruces, New Mexico601–800
134University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro, North Carolina601–800
134Ohio University (Main campus)Athens, Ohio601–800
134Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, Virginia601–800
134Portland State UniversityPortland, Oregon601–800
134University of South DakotaVermillion, South Dakota601–800
134Stevens Institute of TechnologyHoboken, New Jersey601–800
134University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, Texas601–800
134Texas Tech UniversityLubbock Texas601–800
134University of ToledoToledo, Ohio601–800
134Western Washington UniversityBellingham, Washington601–800
134West Virginia UniversityMorgantown, West Virginia601–800
134Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, Massachusetts601–800
159Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityDaytona Beach, Florida801– 1000
159Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton, Florida801– 1000
159Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourne, Florida801– 1000
159Louisiana Tech UniversityRuston, Louisiana801– 1000
159Marquette UniversityMilwaukee, Wisconsin801– 1000
159Mississippi State UniversityStarkville, Mississippi801– 1000
159The New SchoolNew York City, New York801– 1000
159Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester (NY), New York801– 1000
159University of Texas at El PasoEl Paso, Texas801– 1000
168California State University, Long BeachLong Beach, California1001+
168University of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmington, North Carolina1001+
168University of North FloridaJacksonville, Florida1001+
168Oakland UniversityRochester, Michigan1001+
168Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, Texas1001+

How to Choose Your University?

Yes, it is not an easy thing when it comes to choosing a university. But, if you consider some things and avoid mistakes, you increase the chances of success. Here is what we mean by that.

When you conduct searches, you need to take into account these points:

  • Your target specialization 

It is always useful to make your searches field-specific. Those universities you choose should be strong in your area of interest. For instance, many universities offer courses in Computer Science. Still, from all these offers, those universities that propose the most advanced preparation can be shortlisted easily. Focus on such options to obtain better education and chances to get a better job or launch your business in the future. 

  • Rakings these universities have 

When you have shortlisted all potential options, look through the rankings. Universities get high rankings thanks to their good results and achievements. So, it is better to emphasize this point. At the same time, it is wise to keep in mind that the higher rankings a university has a more competitive environment and high demands are there also. If this sounds for you good, focus on the universities with high rankings mostly. 

  • Employer’s preferences

Your education is for the future professional activity. So, emphasize those universities that are well known and appreciated among employers. Having this education, you will have better chances for the successful start of your career pass and better chances comparing with other applicants.

  • Prices for education

If your resources are unlimited, the matter of prices cannot be relevant too much for you. Still, if you have certain limitations about your budget, it is better to range all options you have shortlisted according to their prices for education. This way, you will see which of them you can afford easily and for which of them you require additional funds. 

  • Scholarships

If you lack your own financial resources, you may apply for scholarships. Many universities have such an option. So, you should be aware of that to pick the most possible for you.  

  • Distance from your place of origin and place where you want to live in the future

These aspects also can matter in some cases. The first one maybe not so problematic as students usually strive to go far away from their homes. But, the second aspect can be even more important. For instance, your place of education can be nearby cities or places where you can get the first experience and start your professional pass. Yes, it can be easier if you are nearby these places. You can obtain more first-hand information this way, reach professionals in your field, start building your network of contacts, etc. 

Final Words

There are so many universities in the USA. Still, the best university for you is one that completely matches your preferences, and future plans are affordable and convenient enough. You should keep in mind that Top 10 universities from the list above have a highly competitive environment. So, if you feel well about that, it is better to try your effort. On the other side, if you prefer a more peaceful study environment, it is normal also. Still, everything depends on you most of all. Your commitment to education and becoming a professional are even more important.

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