Education is one the most important choices that someone has to do it in their lifetime. Today we are going to show you a ranking of colleges that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research. Here’s a selection of the most prestigious and acclaimed colleges of America and, off course, you have to be the best to be part of the best!
This year Williams College ranks as the No. 1 top college in America. It was founded in 1793 as a men’s college and women weren’t admitted until 1970. This elite liberal arts school is part of the “Little Three,” along with Wesleyan University and rival Amherst College. The school follows a 4-1-4 annual schedule, which includes a one-course winter study term in addition to two four-course semesters. There are 30 majors and no required courses at Williams, but all students must complete three arts and humanities, three social sciences and three science and math classes. Over 150 student organizations are on campus and over 3/4 of students participate in at least one extracurricular activity. The Williams College Museum of Art is home to over 13,000 works by artists such as Edward Hopper and the Chapin Library’s collection includes first prints of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and George Washington’s personal copy of the Federalist Papers. Prominent alumni include billionaire AOL cofounder Steve Case, billionaire investor Herb Allen Jr. and composer Stephen Sondheim, as well as former U.S. President James Garfield. The college’s athletic teams, nicknamed the Ephs, compete at the NCAA Division III level.
Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, CA. It was founded in 1885 by railroad magnate Leland Stanford. Its community of scholars includes 22 Nobel laureates, 27 MacArthur Fellows, five Pulitzer Prize winners, 158 National Academy of Sciences members and three Presidential Medal of Freedom winners. Approximately 97% of students live on Stanford’s campus, which consists of nearly 700 major buildings spread across 8,180 acres. There are over 600 student organizations at Stanford. Students can take advantage of the university’s high research activity and prime location in the heart of Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech world. There are over 5,000 externally sponsored research projects at Stanford with a total budget of over $1.3 billion. Stanford’s endowment, valued at over $18 billion, is one of the largest in the world. The university has produced numerous luminaries, including one U.S. president, four U.S. Supreme Court justices and business leaders like Steve Ballmer, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Marissa Mayer. Stanford has also been home to some of the world’s most successful athletes, including John McEnroe, John Elway, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie and Andrew Luck. Student-athletes compete in the Pacific-12 Conference (NCAA Division I).
Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts school in Swarthmore, PA. It was founded in 1864 and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia. The college has over 40 courses of study and approximately 93% of students live on campus. Swarthmore offers loan-free financial aid awards. First-year seminars are limited to 12 students. The school is a member of the Tri-College Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford and students can cross-register for courses at the nearby University of Pennsylvania. About 66% of students participate in undergraduate research or independent creative projects each summer. The college is also one of the leading producers of Ph.D. students in the U.S.–nearly 20% of the student body goes on to complete a doctoral program, which is the third highest rate in the nation. Those looking to get involved outside of the classroom and laboratory can take part in more than 100 student clubs and organizations. On the Sunday night before the first day of fall classes, students gather to watch “The Graduate” in celebration of the new school year. Student-athletes compete in the Centennial Conference at the NCAA Division III level. Swarthmore’s 425-acre campus includes the Scott Arboretum, which features more than 4,000 types of ornamental plants.
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Princeton, New Jersey
Chartered in 1746, Princeton University is one of the oldest colleges in the country. Nassau Hall, perhaps first among the historic buildings that adorn Princeton’s 500-acre campus in Princeton, NJ, served as the nation’s capital in 1783. Undergraduates may select from 34 academic departments. Nearly a dozen current faculty members are Nobel Prize recipients. Admitted students can defer their enrollment for a year to participate in community service work abroad through the Bridge Year program. On-campus housing is guaranteed for all four years for undergraduates. The university’s generous financial aid program provides grants and campus jobs in place of student loans. Princetonians can take part in groundbreaking research projects or get involved with one of 300+ student organizations on campus. The Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library, part of Princeton’s 10-library system, is home to over 7 million books, 6 million microfilms and a collection of rare books, prints and archives. The Princeton University Art Museum contains more than 80,000 works. The school’s varsity athletic teams, nicknamed the Tigers, compete in the Ivy League (NCAA Division I). Princeton has produced a large number of luminaries, including U.S. presidents James Madison and Woodrow Wilson, First Lady Michelle Obama, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, HP CEO Meg Whitman and celebrated author F. Scott Fitzgerald. FORBES Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes graduated from Princeton in 1970.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s premier technological institutions. Founded in 1861, MIT’s community includes 78 Nobel laureates, 53 National Medal of Science winners, 41 MacArthur Fellows and 27 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners. Located in Cambridge, MIT is part of an intellectual community that includes Harvard University and Wellesley College, a cross-registration partner. MIT offers 46 majors and 49 minors. Last year, there were roughly 4,380 undergraduates (45% women) and 6,690 graduate students (20% women). The school is often referenced in popular culture, like in movies “Good Will Hunting,” “21” and the Iron Man series, and in popular TV shows such as “The Big Bang Theory.” More than one third of the nation’s space flights have included MIT-educated astronauts. Notable alumni include architect I.M. Pei (’40), billionaire brothers Charles Koch (’57) and David H. Koch (’62), Lawrence Summers (’75) and Khan Academy founder Salman Khan (’98). The school competes in NCAA Division III athletics and the school mascot is the Beaver. The current president of the university is L. Rafael Reif.