Top 10 University In USA

05/09/2022

The Top 10 Best Colleges of 2022 in the United States is the most prestigious rankings list College Raptor releases annually. Schools featured on this list are the best of the best when it comes to higher education. With rich histories, gorgeous campuses, and incredible academic programs, these schools are phenomenal institutions.

1. Princeton University

A private Ivy League research university, Princeton University was founded in 1746 and originally known as the College of New Jersey. This makes it the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the country. The school receives around 32,500 applications annually and has an acceptance rate of only 5.8%, making it highly competitive.

Founded in 1746, Princeton is one of the oldest universities in the US and ranks high at the national and international levels. The university’s research output is some of the highest in the world, earning a perfect 100 in the citations per faculty ranking. Princeton’s student population diversity is impressive, with international students making up 23.4% of the university’s more than 8,000 students.

Princeton University

2. Harvard University

Harvard University has turned out some amazing alumni. In fact, the school has more alumni, researchers, and faculty that have won Nobel Prizes and Field Medals than any other school in the world. Alumni also include eight U.S. presidents, 188 living billionaires, and 108 Olympic medalists. The most common majors include econometrics and quantitative economics, social sciences, and computer science.

Harvard University comes in first place in the US. In terms of performance, Harvard pulled in perfect ratings for its research and employability ranking criteria. Despite Harvard’s top spot ranking, it still lags behind the competition for its international student population, with international students making up only 15% of its overall student population. While this is definitely a metric that the university can improve, it’s still at the top of the list for many other criteria—establishing Harvard as not only one of the best universities in the US, but the entire world.

Harvard University

3.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, currently has about 11,500 students attending. They offer up to a doctorate degree with many students focusing on computer science and mechanical engineering. Mathematics and physics are also common majors. Alumni have gone on to found companies like Intel, Koch Industries, Dropbox, and Campbell Soup.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, has dropped a couple of ranks on the list of best US universities but still upholds the top spot globally. In fact, MIT has been ranked as the best university in the world for nine consecutive years. MIT scored perfect ratings in four of six ranking criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, and international faculty. It also scored close to 100 for international students ratio and research citations.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.  California Institute of Technology

Also known as Caltech, the California Institute of Technology’s motto is, “The truth shall make you free.” Science and Engineering are top choices among students and there have been 76 Nobel laureates that have been associated with Caltech (including 40 alumni and faculty members). Just over 2,200 students attend the school today.

California Institute of Technology

5. Yale University

Yale University consistently ranks on the list of top 10 US universities. One of the most prestigious universities in the world, Yale scores especially high in student-to-faculty ratio, academic reputation, and employer reputation. In fact, Yale is ranked 13th in the world for graduate employability reputation—one of the top-performing US universities on the list.

Yale University got its start in 1701 under the name Collegiate School, getting its current name in 1718. Their motto Lux et veritas means “Light and truth” in Latin. The university is made up of fourteen schools including the undergraduate college, twelve professional schools, and the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students have a 6% chance of getting accepted to Yale.

Yale University

6. University of Chicago

University of Chicago, also known as UChicago, ranked 4th in the United States and is made up of several schools including The College, grad programs, 5 research divisions, six professional schools, and the Graham school. A founding member of the Association of American Universities, today UChicago is a private, not for profit school that focuses on giving back to the community while also connecting local businesses with job seekers.

Founded on July 9th, 1890, UChicago came into being thanks to the efforts of the American Baptist Education Society and a very generous donation from John D. Rockefeller of $600,000 (which today would be $16 million). Marshall Field, the local owner of the historic Chicago department store, provided the land. Although the original intent was for it to be a Baptist school, gender equality and non-sectarianism were fit into an early charter.

University of Chicago

7. Stanford University

Stanford earns perfect ratings in three categories: academic reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, and employer reputation. These perfect scores greatly contribute to its ranking as the second-best university in the US and across the world. However, with a current score of 63.6, Stanford could stand to improve its international student ratio. 

Despite this drawback, Stanford continues to be one of the most sought-after institutions in the US. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford is sometimes called a ‘billionaire factory,’ as its graduates have become some of the world’s most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Stanford University

8. University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740, primarily by Benjamin Franklin, who was also their first president. Franklin Field, where the Quakers play in the NCAA Division I – Ivy League, is named after the founder. With a 98% first year retention rate, 86% of students will go on to graduate in four years. 96% will graduate in six.

The University of Pennsylvania cracked the top 10 list this year, and it’s safe to say that its student-to-faculty ratio and academic reputation significantly contributed to its top spot ranking. Located in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania stands apart from other Ivy League universities when it comes to diversity. An encouraging 51% of students are visible minorities, and over half (55%) of all students are women.

University of Pennsylvania

9.  Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University is New York City’s Ivy League university, and scores a perfect 100 with QS for its ratio of student-to-faculty members. This likely has something to do with Columbia being one of the most exclusive universities in the United States. Columbia has an undergraduate acceptance rate of just 5.8%, making the Class of 2021 the most challenging year to be admitted to Columbia University to date. 

Columbia has a very low selective acceptance rate of 5.5%, accepting only about 2,300 students out of 42,900 applicants. Top choices in regards to majors include Econometrics, Computer Science, and Political Science. It’s the oldest institution of higher education in the state. Columbia is one of the nine colonial colleges founded before the Declaration of Independence.

Columbia University in the City of New York

10. Duke University

Duke University, located in Durham, NC is the 9th school in the United States. It’s a private, not for profit that is made up of 12 schools and institutes (including two for undergraduates), 254 buildings, and 8,547 acres. Famous alumni have included Richard Nixon, Ron Paul, Tim Cook of Apple, Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as Nobel Prize winners, Turing award winners, Rhodes Scholars, Olympic athletes, and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

Starting in 1838 as Brown’s Schoolhouse, Duke underwent many name changes throughout the years, including Union Institute, Normal College, and Trinity College, before landing on Duke University named so for the Duke family. Washington Duke was partly responsible for the school’s move to Durham as well as an initial endowment. He continued his generosity with three separate contributions starting in 1896 under the stipulation that the school be available to women with the same educational opportunities that men received.

Duke University