No online resources list the top 10 colleges in the United States between 2000 and 2010,. The U.S. News & World Report list of the current top-ranked colleges as of 2015 includes Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University.
Topping off the top 10 colleges are the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania and California Institute of Technology. These colleges were ranked by looking at the available undergraduate majors, master's and doctoral programs, and research being conducted.
The top-ranked school, Princeton University, has the lowest tuition and fees of the schools in the top 10 list. Columbia University, which is tied with Stanford University and the University of Chicago for the number four spot, has the most expensive tuition and fees. Number 10 on the list, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, has the smallest total enrollment, with fewer than 3,000 students, while Columbia University has the most students with over 20,000.
Of the top 10 universities, Stanford University has the lowest acceptance rate at 5.7 percent. However, the University of Chicago, Columbia University and Yale University have the highest freshman retention rate. Also, 98 percent of students at Yale graduate within six years, while the California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago have the lowest graduation rate of the top 10 at 93 percent each.