Top 10 Private US Universities

August 01, 2017

Here’s a rundown of the top private universities in the US, according to the QS World University Rankings® 2018.

 

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Intakes: 2 terms per year

US Ranking: 1st

World Ranking: 1st

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well.

2. Stanford University

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Location: Stanford, California

Intakes: 4 terms yer year

US Ranking: 2nd

World Ranking: 2nd

Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford’s undergraduate program is the most selective in America. Due to its academic strength, wealth, and proximity to Silicon Valley it is often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

3. Harvard University

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Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Intakes: 3 terms per year

US Ranking: 3rd

World Ranking: 3rd

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.

4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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Location: Pasadena, California

Intakes: 2 terms per year

US Rating: 4th

World Ranking: 4th

The California Institute of Technology is a private doctorate-granting university. Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering. The university is frequently cited as one of the world’s best universities.

5. University of Chicago

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Intakes: 4 terms per year

US Ranking: 5th

World Ranking: 9th

The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. It holds top-ten positions in numerous national and international rankings. The university is composed of the College, various graduate programs, and interdisciplinary committees organized into five academic research divisions and seven professional schools. Beyond the arts and sciences, Chicago is also well known for its professional schools, which include the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Booth School of Business, the Law School, the School of Social Service Administration, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, the Divinity School and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. The university currently enrolls approximately 5,700 students in the College[11] and around 15,000 students overall.

6. Princeton University 

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Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Intakes: 2 terms per year

US Ranking: 6th

World Ranking: 13th

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university and the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The university provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

7. Cornell University

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Location: Ithaca, New York

Intakes: 4 terms per year

US Ranking: 7th

World Ranking: 14th

Cornell University is an American private Ivy League and land-grant doctoral university. The university is broadly organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus, with each college and division defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy.

8. Yale University

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Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Intakes: 2 terms per year

US Ranking: 8th

World Ranking: 16th

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university that is  the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Yale is organized into fourteen constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and twelve professional schools.

9. Johns Hopkins University

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Intakes: 2 terms per year

US Ranking: 9th

World Ranking: 17th

Johns Hopkins University (commonly referred to as Johns Hopkins, JHU, or simply Hopkins) is an American private research university named for its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins is organized into 10 divisions on campuses in Maryland and Washington, D.C. with international centers in Italy, China, and Singapore. The two undergraduate divisions, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, are located on the Homewood campus in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood. The medical school, the nursing school, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health are located on the Medical Institutions campus in East Baltimore.

10. Columbia University

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Location: Upper Manhattan, New York

Intakes: 3 terms per year

US Ranking: 10th

World Ranking: 18th

Columbia University, established in 1754, is a private Ivy League research university that is often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Columbia contains the oldest college in the state of New York and is the fifth chartered institution of higher learning in the United States, making it one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence. The university is organized into twenty schools, including three undergraduate schools, Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies, as well as graduate schools such as Columbia Law School, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Columbia Business School. The university also has global research outposts in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Asunción and Nairobi.

See also: Top 10 Public US Universities