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America’s Top Colleges List

America's Top Colleges List

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

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$18K98%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
AddressCambridge, MA 02138, USA
Phone+1 617-495-1000
Undergraduate enrollment7,333 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#2 Yale University

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$21K96%7%
AddressNew Haven, CT 06520, USA
Phone+1 203-432-4771
Undergraduate enrollment5,528 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#3 Stanford University

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$14K95%5%
Address450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Phone+1 650-723-2300
Undergraduate enrollment6,994 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$23K91%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
Address77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Phone+1 617-253-1000
Undergraduate enrollment4,474 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#5 Princeton University

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$9K97%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
AddressPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
Phone+1 609-258-3000
Undergraduate enrollment5,260 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#6 California Institute of Technology

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$25K92%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
Address1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
Phone+1 626-395-6811
Undergraduate enrollment1,001 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#7 University of Pennsylvania

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$25K96%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
AddressPhiladelphia, PA 19104, USA
Phone+1 215-898-5000
Undergraduate enrollment10,666 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#8 Brown University

Brown University

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

Avg cost after aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$27K96%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
AddressProvidence, RI 02912, USA
Phone+1 401-863-1000
Undergraduate enrollment6,320 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#9 Dartmouth College

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 aidGraduation rateAcceptance rate
$30K95%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
AddressHanover, NH 03755, USA
Phone+1 603-646-1110
Undergraduate enrollment4,214 (2015–16)
SourceUS Dept of Education

#10 Duke University

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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