What Are Some of the Most Well-Known Universities in America?


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Harvard, Yale and Princeton are some of the most well-known universities in America. The universities are famous for their exceptionally high academic standards, which have developed scholars and leaders for centuries.

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Harvard University has been a symbol of academic excellence and developing leaders for nearly 400 years. The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established the higher institution of learning in 1636. America's oldest and most prestigious university has graduated 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 Nobel Laureates and 32 heads of state.

Colonial clergymen led an effort in the 1640s to establish a college. In 1701 the college was chartered with the purpose of developing church and civic leaders. The school's name was officially changed to Yale College in 1718. Yale has had a long-standing tradition with the U.S. military that began during the American Revolution in 1779 when school president Naphtali Dagget led more than half the student body to defend New Haven from British troops.

Princeton University may be the junior institution when compared to Harvard and Yale, since it was founded in 1746, but it is well-known as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the world. The university ensures that students from all economic backgrounds have an opportunity to receive a Princeton education through a generous financial aid program.

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