What Are Some of the Top Universities in the United States?

Some of the top universities in the United States include Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Columbia. These prestigious Ivy League colleges all receive top marks in U.S. News and World Report's college rankings for 2015.

Princeton receives the top ranking among national universities for 2015. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the college is the fourth-oldest in the United States, with an extensive history of academic prestige. A major research university, Princeton also boasts strong undergraduate and graduate programs.

Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest university in the United States, preserving a reputation of academic distinction and elitism since its inception. Located just outside of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the college is home to some of the most respected schools and institutes in the world, including Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School.

Known for its eternal rivalry with Harvard, Yale ranks as another of the top U.S. universities. Renowned for its music and drama programs, Yale also hosts some of the most prestigious professional schools in the country, including Yale Law School, the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Management.

Located in New York City, Columbia ranks as another of the top U.S. colleges. The school’s urban campus boasts superb undergraduate programs as well as some of the most respected graduate and professional programs in the United States, including the Columbia School of Journalism and the Columbia Teacher’s College.