What Are the Names of Some Top Colleges in the USA?

Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University are the three best national universities in the United States, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Other top colleges and universities included in the rankings include Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For purposes of composing the rankings, an institution constitutes a "national university" if it offers a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs, and conducts groundbreaking research.

Williams College, Amherst College and Swarthmore College are the top national liberal arts colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, Pomona College and Wellesley College are also among the top liberal arts colleges.

The 2015 rankings released by Forbes largely included the same colleges and universities found at the top of the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Forbes' top-ranked college is Pomona College. Williams College and Stanford University are the next highest-ranked schools, followed by Princeton University, Yale University and Harvard University. The schools completing Forbes' top 10 are Brown University, Swarthmore College, Amherst College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The highest-rated public schools on Forbes' list are the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary.