The Best Universities in USA 2016 – 2017

Why is it more important than ever to know what are the best universities in USA?

The percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college in 2014 was 40%, compared to 35.5 % in 2000 .  In 2016, over 20 million enrolled in college and universities.

With more and more young people attending university, and as competition increases for high achieving candidates, the choice of university is becoming increasingly important.  It is vital to know which universities in the USA offer you the best chance of entry and a degree that will make you desirable to prospective employers.

So, what are the best universities in USA?

There are 7 American universities listed in the top 10 of the world’s best universities.  The following list reveals the best universities in USA according to the Times Higher Education.


5.  Princeton University


The fifth ranked university in the USA, Princeton is a prestigious Ivy League university located in New Jersey, about an hour away from both New York City and Philadelphia.

The application process for entry is highly selective.  There are less than 8,000 students enrolled at Princeton, with over 25% international students.

Fees to attend Princeton in 2016 – 2017 were around $65,000

Famous alumni include former Presidents J F Kennedy and Woodrow Wilson, Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) Ted Cruz, Robert L Johnson (founder of BET), Meg Whitman (former CEO of eBay).



4.   Harvard University


The fourth ranked of the best universities in USA, Harvard University is one of the best-known universities in the world. Founded in 1636, it is the oldest higher education institution in the US.

There are currently 20,152 students enrolled, of these more than a quarter are international students.

Although the cost of tuition and boarding is expensive (currently $63,025), Harvard’s does offer plenty of financial aid for suitable students.

Famous alumni include F D Roosevelt, George W Bush, Barrack Obama, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Tommy Lee Jones, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Tyra Banks, Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz).


3.   Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Ranked #3 in USA and #5 in the world, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is without doubt one of the best universities in USA and the world.

The  MIT campus lies in the city of Cambridge and is home to some 4,500 undergraduates.  As befits such a prestigious university, competition for admission is high with an acceptance rate of around 10%.

Tuition and boarding fees at MIT for 2016 – 2017 were around $65,000.

Famous alumni include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Cynthia Breazealactor James Wood and founder of Dropbox Drew Houston.


2.   Stanford University


Ranked #2 in the USA and #3 in the world, a place at Stanford University is highly sought after, with an acceptance rate of less than 10%.

Stanford University’s campus has students and  is located in Stanford California some 30 miles from San Francisco.

The university is highly regarded for it’s  Business, Education, Law, Medicine and Engineering departments.  It also runs successful tennis and golf programs.

Fees to attend Stanford in 2016 – 2017 were around $63,000.

Famous alumni include former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, Larry Page and Sergei Brin (co-founders of Google), Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal), golfer Tiger Woods, NFL quarterback John Elway and actress Sigourney Weaver.


1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


Ranked #1 in the USA and #2 in the world is California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Caltech is located in Pasadena, California – ten miles from Los Angeles and has 2,240 students.

The university is so renowned for its excellence in science and engineering, that all the main characters in the TV comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’, work or study at CalTech.

Tuition and boarding fees at Caltech for 2016 – 2017 were around $66,000.

Visit the Times Higher Education to view the full list of the best universities in USA.