According to the U.S. News and World Report's college and university rankings for the 2014-2015 school year, Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University are the top three schools. Columbia University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago are tied for fourth. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is seventh, Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania are tied for eighth place, and California Institute of Technology rounds out the top ten.
The top three schools are all Ivy League schools. All of the top ten schools are private institutions and many of have rich histories. Harvard is the oldest school for higher education in the country and also lays claim to the largest endowment in the country. The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin.
Massachusetts is home to two of the top ten schools: M.I.T. and Harvard. California also has two of the top ten schools: Stanford and California Institute of Technology, the latter of which has the lowest student to teacher ratio in the top ten, at three-to-one. Columbia offers students campus life within the fast-paced life of Manhattan, while Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, gives students a quieter experience. The University of Chicago gives students access to a big-city life, while living on a full campus.