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

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