As of 2015, some of the best private universities in the United States are Harvard University, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Other good private universities include Princeton University, the University of Chicago and Wesleyan University.
Harvard University is consistently voted the best private university in the United States. The school, founded in 1636, is America's oldest institution of higher learning. Aside from being the top college in the United States, it is also rated the number one university in the world.
Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California. The school's faculty and alumni have founded many companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Instagram and Yahoo.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, was founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States. It has five schools and one college which contain a total of 32 departments, and is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering.
Columbia University is located in New York City. It is organized into 20 schools, including Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies. The school administers the Pulitzer Prize and 101 Nobel Prize laureates have been affiliated with Columbia.