Some of the top American colleges include Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University, according to U.S. News and World Report as of 2015. The University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania and California Institute of Technology are also top-ranking colleges.
Princeton University has small class sizes, high graduation rates and nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in public affairs, international affairs, engineering and certain science programs. Harvard University has a top medical school, law school and business school as well as programs in public affairs and political science, along with a small student-to-faculty ratio and low acceptance rate. Small class sizes, distinguished alumni and highly rated art, music, law, business, medical and nursing programs make Yale University a highly rated and competitive college. Political leaders, actors and Pulitzer Prize winners are graduates from highly ranked Columbia University, which has programs in business, teaching, medicine, arts and public health. Research is a focus at Stanford University that contributes to the high ranking of the college, in addition to programs in environmental studies, education, engineering, pre-law studies and business.
Top ranked liberal arts colleges include Williams College, Amherst College, Swarthmore College, Bowdoin College and Middlebury College. Due to the size and curriculum plans of liberal arts colleges, these schools have separate national rankings.