What Are Some Highly Rated U.S. Universities According to Experts?


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Some of the top-ranked U.S. universities include Princeton, Harvard and Yale. These prestigious Ivy League schools all rank highly on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 list of colleges.

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Princeton is the country’s fourth-oldest college, and it has held a reputation for academic excellence since its inception. Princeton is located in suburban Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are both among the most prestigious programs in their respective fields.

Harvard is located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and it is another of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious colleges. It boasts the largest endowment of any academic instruction worldwide. The school’s massive library system houses the most extensive private collection in the world. Harvard also offers many of the country’s most respected graduate programs, including the Business School, Law School and Medical School. The university's alumni include eight U.S. Presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

Yale is famous for its rivalry with Harvard and ranks as another of the nation’s top universities, with particularly strong programs in music, drama and arts. The school includes an undergraduate college as well as many highly respected professional schools, such as the School of Art and the School of Medicine. Famous Yale alumni include George W. Bush and John Kerry.

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