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The Top 10 Best Universities in America

A school can only be as good as its reputation. Here are the top 10 best universities in America based on reputation as determined by Times Higher Education. 10. Columbia University Its complet

A school can only be as good as its reputation. Here are the top 10 best universities

in America based on reputation as determined by Times Higher Education.

10 Columbia University

Its complete name is the Columbia University in the City of New York. It is part of

the prestigious Ivy League and is the oldest private learning institute in New York.

It is also the fifth oldest university in the entire country and one of the nine original

Colonial Colleges. This private research university was founded in 1754 as King’s

College after it was granted a Royal Charter by King George II of Great Britain. It

was renamed Columbia College in 1784 and got its current charter in 1787. In 1896,

it was renamed to Columbia University. It has global centers in Beijing, Istanbul,

Paris, Mumbai, Nairobi, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro and Amman. It also has joint

programs with the Jewish Theological Seminary and Juilliard School.

9 University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is a public research university located in Ann Arbor.

It is the oldest university in Michigan. It is one of the founding members of the

Association of American Universities and is one of the original eight public Ivy

universities. It is considered as one of the top five research universities in the

United States. It was established in 1817 in Detroit as the Catholepistemiad, or the

University of Michigania. The school has one of the largest living alumni groups in

the world with over 500,000 members as of 2012.

8 California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is a private research university based in

Pasadena. It was established in 1891 as the Throop University after its founder

Amos G. Throop. It started out as a vocational school and also used the names

Throop Polytechnic Institute and Manual Training School and Throop College of

Technology. It became the California Institute of Technology in 1920. It is small

compared to other schools, but it boasts of 31 faculty members and alumni who

have won the Nobel Prize and 66 who have won the National Medal for Science and

Technology. It manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA.

7 Yale University

Yale University is a private research university based in New Haven in Connecticut.

It was established in 1701, making it the third oldest institution of higher learning

in the United States. It was originally known as the Collegiate School with the

original intention of training clergy and political leaders. In 1718, it was renamed

Yale College after receiving a substantial gift from Elihu Yale; then a governor of the

British East India Company. Its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences was the first

one to award a PhD. It has produced 49 Nobel laureates, five Presidents and 19

Supreme Court justices.

6 University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university based in

Westwood in Los Angeles. It is considered as one of the two flagship campuses of

the University of California system, along with the one in Berkeley. It is the second

oldest of the ten campuses in the system. It has 15 Nobel Prize awardees. It is

considered to be the largest university in California in terms of enrollment and the

most popular university in the United States in terms of number of applicants. It also

has the most successful athletic program in the country, with a record 125 national

championships, including 108 team titles.

5 Princeton University

Princeton University is a private research university based in New Jersey. It is

one of the members of the prestigious Ivy League and one of the nine Colonial

Colleges. It was established in 1746 as the College of New Jersey in Elizabeth. It

moved to Newark in 1747 and to Princeton in 1756. It was renamed to Princeton

University in 1896. It has produced 35 Nobel Prize awardees, 17 National Medal of

Science winners and three National Humanities Medal recipients. It has the largest

endowment of any university in the world on a per-student basis.

4 Stanford University

Stanford University is actually the Leland Stanford Junior University. It is a private

research university based in California. It is one of the most prestigious universities

in the world with a 5.7 percent selection rate, making it stricter than Harvard, Yale

and Princeton. It was founded in 1891 by railroad tycoon and California politician

Leland Stanford, who named the school after his son, Leland Junior. The younger

Stanford had died of typhoid just before he turned 16 years old. It hosted one of the

four original nodes of the ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. The school has

produced 54 Nobel laureates. It also boasts of the most number of recipients of the

Turing Award, considered as the Nobel of Computer Science.

3 University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university based in

Berkeley. It is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

It was established in 1868 after the merger of the College of California and the

Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College. It boasts of 71 Nobel Prize

winners. It is tasked with the management of three national laboratories for the

Department of Energy.

2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university based

in Cambridge in Massachusetts. It was established in 1861 and it emphasized

laboratory instruction by using the polytechnic model. In the 1930's, it began to re-

emphasize scientific research. It has produced 78 Nobel laureates and 52 National

Medal of Science recipients. The school encourages a strong entrepreneurial

culture.

1 Harvard University

Harvard University is a private research university based in Cambridge. It was

established in 1636, making it the oldest university in the United States. It was

originally known as New College and the College at New Towne, before it used

the name Harvard College in 1639. It was named after John Harvard, a graduate

of the University of Cambridge in England. He gave the school his library and half

his estate. It has the largest financial endowment in the world with $32 billion. It has

produced 75 Nobel Prize award winners and eight Presidents.

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