The 10 best universities in 2015, ranked by the U.S. News and World Report, include Princeton University and Harvard University. Rounding out the list are Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania and California Institute of Technology
The top of the list boasts Princeton University, a private institution with noted alumni, such as President Woodrow Wilson. The rigorous academic program at the institution requires all undergraduate students to write a senior thesis, according to the U.S. News and World Report. Harvard University also ranks in the top 10 for its competitive academic programs, extensive library system and document collection and active student organizations and athletic programs. Eight U.S. presidents have graduated from Harvard University.
Also a private higher education institution, Yale University is ranked as one of the top 10 academic schools for its drama and music programs, Ivy League educational standards and notable alumni, such as Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and actress Meryl Streep.
Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology are the only schools on the top 10 list that are located on the West Coast. Duke University is the only college on the list that is located in the southern United States.