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Which are the top 10 universities in the United States?

The United States is home to globally recognized universities that give those who attend them valuable networks and future career opportunities.

Top 10 universities in the United States

A university degree can open up a world of opportunities for those who attain one. The United States is home to the highest number of world-renowned higher education institutions.

But choosing where you want to attend college can be a daunting task, and depending on the school you decide on the competition to get in can be fierce. Acceptance rates at top universities can be extremely low, many of the most selective report accepting less than one in ten of candidates that apply.

Then there is the question of tuition, prestige and reputation comes with a hefty price tag. The benefits can pay off after graduation though with networks built over the course of ones university career and ongoing help from the institution to advance a professional’s career long after graduation.

It’s no wonder then that those that attend Ivy League school graduates report higher earnings than their peers that attended other schools. The median Ivy League grad makes over twice what graduates of all other schools do ten years after starting university. The top ten percent of earners that graduated from an Ivy League school can make in excess of triple that of their counter parts at other institutions of higher education.

The top 10 universities in the United States

For the 2022-2023 school year, US News created their 37th edition of the Best National University Rankings. It looks at 1,500 higher education institutions that grant US bachelor’s degrees. Prospective university students and their families can use comparisons to create a shortlist of possible colleges examining the 17 measures of academic quality assessed.

RankSchoolTuition and Fees
1Princeton University$57,410
2Massachusetts Institute of Technology$57,986
3Harvard University$57,261
3Stanford University$56,169
3Yale University$62,250
6University of Chicago$62,940
7Johns Hopkins University$60,480
7University of Pennsylvania$63,452
9California Institute of Technology$60,864
10Duke University$63,054
10Northwestern University$63,468

All of the schools in the top ten will cost a student annually between more than $56,000 to attend Stanford University to nearly $63,500 at University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University. In order to cover the cost students without sufficient financial means will need to consider taking out student loans.

The upside is that highly selective universities also have very high graduation rates, all of the institutions in the top ten see over 80 percent of students graduate within four years. Graduation rates have ticked up over the years to reach over 62 percent of bachelor’s degree seekers nationwide completing within six years. The average for those that finish in four years is 41 percent nationally, but generally at least twice that at the top schools.

The acceptance rate was the lowest at Stanford University in 2020 sending an admission invitation to just 4.34 percent of the 47,498 applicants. All of the top ten schools accepted less than 10 percent of applicants.


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