The Top Colleges & Universities in the USA

With September just around the corner, you can be sure that kids are going back to school or even just starting college. Seniors in high school will be on their quest to find the perfect university for them and incoming college freshmen will be starting their post-high school career. In honor of the fresh school year starting, check out our picks for the best colleges and universities in the USA featuring fun facts about each!

best colleges in the usa

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
Cool College Fact: Though it offers doctorate degrees, Princeton doesn't have a medical school, law school, business school, or school of education.

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cool College Fact: Notable Alumni include Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, and John F. Kennedy.

Columbia University
New York, New York
Cool College Fact: Composers and famous musical gurus Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II got their degrees here before creating popular musicals such as Cinderella and South Pacific.

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cool College Fact: MIT only accepts 6.7% of undergraduate applicants.

University Of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Cool College Fact: The Obamas spent a lot of their time in Chicago and they're getting a library named after them!

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
Cool College Fact: Notable alumni include Meryl Streep and Claire Danes. 

Stanford University
Stanford, California
Cool College Fact: Co-founders of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, graduated from here.

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
Cool College Fact: Actress Retta graduated from Duke.

University Of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cool College Fact: Benjamin Franklin founded this school.

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland"
Cool College Fact: The Universit hosts Spring Fair, a carnival-style even featuring a beer garden, rides, and food that once attracted over 100,000 people.

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
Cool College Fact: The college is home to Primal Scream, where at 9 PM before finals week, students can gather together and scream. 

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California
Cool College Fact: Its tradition to play "Ride of the Valkyries" at 7:00 every morning during finals week but the song cannot be played at any other time.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
Cool College Fact: Dartmouth doesn't have a mascot.

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
Cool College Fact: Notable alumni include John D. Rockafeller and Emma Watson.

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Cool College Fact: Vanderbilt still has an honor code.

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Cool College Fact: This college plays host to one of the largest outdoor education programs in the country.

Rice University
Houston, Texas
Cool College Fact: The Rice Thresher is the student-run newspaper that is widely received and read.

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
Cool College Fact: Condolezza Rice went to school here.

University Of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Cool College Fact: Their Chabad House, for practicing Jewish students, was the first one on a college campus ever.

Washington University of St Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Cool College Fact: There are over 12 groups of A Capella choirs at the Washington University of St Louis.

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
Cool College Fact: The 14th Dalai Lama was a professor here.

Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.
Cool College Fact: Notable alumni include Bill Clinton and Bradley Cooper.

University Of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Cool College Fact: USC has the second-highest international student population at 12,300 students.

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cool College Fact: The first w-fi network was created here.

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Cool College Fact: Students are referred to as "first, second, third, and fourth years" instead of the freshmen, sophomore, etc in order to reflect Thomas Jefferson's belief in education being a lifelong journey.

Tufts University
Somerville, Massachusetts
Cool College Fact: The founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar, went to school here in 1988.

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cool College Fact: Actor Darren Criss (Glee, American Crime Story) and Actress Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls Broadway, Bring It On Broadway) both graduated from here.

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Cool College Fact: The Wake Forest Debate team is one of the best in the country and nationally recognized for winning titles.

New York University
New York, NY
Cool College Fact: NYU hasn't had a football team since 1952.

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