According to the U.S. News ranking of colleges, the top 10 national universities in the United States are not a surprise to many people and includes world famous universities. International students who are looking to attend the most prestigious schools, here are the top 10 U.S. universities in 2012 according to U.S. News.
- Harvard University– This Ivy League school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts which is right outside of Boston. Learn more about study in Massachusetts.
- Princeton University– This is another Ivy League school, but is located in Princeton, New Jersey. Famous alumni from this university include Michelle Obama (First Lady of the U.S.) and Eric Schmidt (businessman).
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- Yale University– Also an Ivy League university, Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Learn more about study in Connecticut.
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- Columbia University– Located right in New York City, students at this Ivy League school can experience one of the most diverse cities in the world.
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- California Institute of Technology (Caltech)– The first school on our list that is located on the west coast of the United States! Located in Pasadena, California, this university is famous for science and engineering and nearly a quarter of the students here are international students.
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- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Located near Harvard University and just across the river from Boston; MIT has a large number of international students making up over 25 percent of the total student population.
- Stanford University – Located in Stanford, California, which is about 30 miles from San Francisco. Famous graduates include Tiger Woods (golfer) and Herbert Hoover (former U.S. President).
- University of Chicago– Located in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois; this university’s famous graduates include John Ashcroft (U.S. Attorney General) and Milton Friedman (Nobel Prize recipient)
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- University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)– Yet another Ivy League school, UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Famous alumni from this university include William Henry Harrison (former U.S. President) and Donald Trump (businessman/TV personality).
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- Duke University– This school is located in Durham, North Carolina. A few of the university alumni include Richard Nixon (former U.S. President) and Melinda Gates (co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).
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These top 10 U.S. universities listed consist of private institutions with tuition fees that are very expensive for students whether they are from the US or other countries. International students on a budget wanting to attend schools that are located in a more expensive urban setting, will also want to take in consideration the cost of living.
While these universities provide an excellent education, international students should consider which university will provide the most value after graduation and also fit their needs in terms of cost, the type of degree the student is seeking, location, diversity, etc. Many high quality colleges and universities are available in the United States; visit our U.S. School Search page to find the one that is right for you.