America’s Top Colleges List

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America’s Top Colleges. Several regional universities are ranked on Forbes’ list of America’s top colleges for 2018 – 2019.

#1 Harvard University

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 post graduate students.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$18K 98% 6%
Graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated within six years. They were the largest group of students (96%) according to the 2015–2016 College Scorecard data · See all rates
Average annual cost is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving federal aid
Address Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Phone +1 617-495-1000
Undergraduate enrollment 7,333 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#2 Yale University

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$21K 96% 7%
Address New Haven, CT 06520, USA
Phone +1 203-432-4771
Undergraduate enrollment 5,528 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#3 Stanford University

Leland Stanford Junior University is an American private research university in Palo Alto, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world’s top universities

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$14K 95% 5%
Address 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Phone +1 650-723-2300
Undergraduate enrollment 6,994 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$23K 91% 8%
Graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated within six years. They were the largest group of students (99%) according to the 2015–2016 College Scorecard data · See all rates
Average annual cost is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving federal aid
Address 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Phone +1 617-253-1000
Undergraduate enrollment 4,474 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#5 Princeton University

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$9K 97% 7%
Graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated within six years. They were the largest group of students (100%) according to the 2015–2016 College Scorecard data · See all rates
Average annual cost is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving federal aid
Address Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Phone +1 609-258-3000
Undergraduate enrollment 5,260 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#6 California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is a private doctorate-granting research university located in Pasadena, California, United States. Known for its strength in natural science and engineering, Caltech is often ranked as one of the world’s top-ten universities.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$25K 92% 9%
Graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated within six years. They were the largest group of students (96%) according to the 2015–2016 College Scorecard data · See all rates
Average annual cost is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving federal aid
Address 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
Phone +1 626-395-6811
Undergraduate enrollment 1,001 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#7 University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in the University City section of West Philadelphia.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$25K 96% 10%
Graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated within six years. They were the largest group of students (92%) according to the 2015–2016 College Scorecard data · See all rates
Average annual cost is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving federal aid
Address Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Phone +1 215-898-5000
Undergraduate enrollment 10,666 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#8 Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$27K 96% 9%
Graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated within six years. They were the largest group of students (95%) according to the 2015–2016 College Scorecard data · See all rates
Average annual cost is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving federal aid
Address Providence, RI 02912, USA
Phone +1 401-863-1000
Undergraduate enrollment 6,320 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#9 Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, it is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Avg cost after aid Graduation rate Acceptance rate
$30K 95% 11%
Graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated within six years. They were the largest group of students (98%) according to the 2015–2016 College Scorecard data · See all rates
Average annual cost is for first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving federal aid
Address Hanover, NH 03755, USA
Phone +1 603-646-1110
Undergraduate enrollment 4,214 (2015–16)
Source US Dept of Education

#10 Duke University

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

Duke’s campus spans over 8,600 acres (3,500 hectares) on three contiguous campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort.

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