Ranked: The Top 100 US Universities


Source: topuniversities.com

The university or college you choose to go to can have a major impact on the rest of your life, so it’s probably a good idea to do some research first. To help with the process, we’ve compiled a ranking of the best 100 US universities and colleges, according to the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017.

While none of this data is necessarily new (you can see the global table here), this should make choosing a US university easier. Also, for the first time ever, we’ve broken down the list of top US universities by state, so you can find a leading study destination that’s close to home (and probably more affordable than expensive out-of-state options).


Top 100 US universities

1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2Stanford University
3Harvard University
4California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
5University of Chicago
6Princeton University
7Yale University
8Cornell University
9Johns Hopkins University
10University of Pennsylvania
11Columbia University
12University of Michigan
13Duke University
14Northwestern University
15University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
16University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
17University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
18New York University
19Brown University
20University of Wisconsin-Madison
21Carnegie Mellon University
22University of Washington
23University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
24University of Texas at Austin
25Georgia Institute of Technology
26University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
27University of California, Davis
28The Ohio State University
29Boston University
30Rice University
31Purdue University
32Pennsylvania State University
33Washington University in St. Louis
34University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
35University of Maryland, College Park
36University of Southern California
37University of Minnesota
38University of Pittsburgh
39Emory University
40University of California, Irvine
41Dartmouth College
=42Texas A&M University
=42Michigan State University
44University of Colorado Boulder
45University of Virginia
=46University of Florida
=46University of Rochester
48University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)
49Case Western Reserve University
=50Vanderbilt University
=50University of Notre Dame
52Georgetown University
53Arizona State University
54The University of Arizona
55Tufts University
56University of Massachusetts Amherst
57University of Miami
58University of California, Riverside
59North Carolina State University
60Indiana University Bloomington
61University of California, Santa Cruz
62Boston College
63Rutgers University – New Brunswick
64Rensselaer Polytechnic University
65The Katz School at Yeshiva University
66University at Buffalo SUNY
67University of Hawai’i at Mañoa
=68Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
=68Northeastern University
70George Washington University
71University of Kansas
72University of Colorado, Denver
73University of Texas Dallas
74American University
75Colorado State University
76Stony Brook University, State University of New York
77University of Iowa
78Washington State University
=79Brandeis University
=79Illinois Institute of Technology
=79Wake Forest University
=82University of Delaware
=82University of Utah
=84Iowa State University
=84University of Connecticut
=86Florida State University
=86The University of Georgia
88University of Maryland, Baltimore County
89Oregon State University
=90University of New Mexico
=90University of Oklahoma
=90The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
=90Wayne State University
94Clark University
95Lehigh University
=96University of Nebraska-Lincoln
=96University of South Florida
=98City University of New York
=98Drexel University
=98Michigan Technological University
=98Missouri University of Science and Technology
=98Tulane University
=98University of Kentucky

Top US universities by state

Arizona State University

Alabama – 0

Alaska – 0

Arizona – 2 (Arizona State University (above), The University of Arizona)

Arkansas – 0

California – 11 (Stanford University (below), Caltech, UCB, UCLA, UCSD, University of California Davis, UCSB, University of Southern California, University of California Irvine, University of California Riverside, University of California Santa Cruz)


Colorado – 3 (University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University)

Connecticut – 2 (Yale University, University of Connecticut)

Delaware – 1 (University of Delaware)

Florida – 4 (University of Florida (below), University of Miami, Florida State University, University of South Florida)

University of Florida

Georgia – 3 (Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, The University of Georgia)

Hawaii – 1 (University of Hawai’i at Mañoa)

Idaho – 0

Illinois – 5 (University of Chicago (below), Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UIC, Illinois Institute of Technology)

University of Chicago

Indiana – 3 (Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University Bloomington)

Iowa – 2 (University of Iowa, Iowa State University)

Kansas – 1 (University of Kansas)

Kentucky – 1 (University of Kentucky)

Tulane University

Louisiana – 1 (Tulane University (above))

Maine – 0

Maryland – 3 (Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County)

Massachusetts – 9 (MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Boston College, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Clark University)

Michigan – 4 (University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Michigan Technological University)

University of Minnesota

Minnesota – 1 (University of Minnesota (above))

Mississippi – 0

Missouri – 2 (Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri University of Science and Technology)

Montana – 0

Nebraska – 1 (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Nevada – 0

New Hampshire – 1 (Dartmouth College)


Princeton University

New Jersey – 2 (Princeton University (above), Rutgers University – New Brunswick)

New Mexico – 1 (University of New Mexico)

New York – 9 (Cornell University, Columbia University, NYU, University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, The Katz School at Yeshiva University, University at Buffalo SUNY, Stony Brook University, State University of New York, City University of New York)

North Carolina – 4 (Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University)

North Dakota – 0

Ohio State University

Ohio – 2 (Ohio State University (above), Case Western Reserve University)

Oklahoma – 1 (University of Oklahoma)

Oregon – 1 (Oregon State University)

Pennsylvania – 6 (University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, Lehigh University, Drexel University)

Rhode Island – 1 (Brown University)

South Carolina – 0

South Dakota – 0

Vanderbilt University

Tennessee – 2 (Vanderbilt University (above), The University of Tennessee Knoxville)

Texas – 4 (University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas Dallas)

Utah – 1 (University of Utah)

Vermont – 0

Virginia – 2 (University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Washington – 2 (University of Washington, Washington State University)

Washington D.C. – 3 (Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

West Virginia – 0

Wisconsin – 1 (University of Wisconsin-Madison (above))

Wyoming – 0

Hopefully, this ranking will be able to help you make a decision about where to study.

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