Top Universities in the United States 2019

Top Universities in the United States 2019

Top Universities in the US 2019 - For yet another year, US universities dominate the QS World University Rankings, with 157 institutions ranked in the 2019 edition in total. Of these, 65 have improved upon their position since last year, while 47 have maintained their position.

Some of those 47 can be found at the very top of the table, with the top four universities both globally and in the US remaining unchanged since last year. Find out more about the top 10 US universities below.

10. University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

A non-mover at 19th globally, the University of Pennsylvania has climbed into the top 10 in the US this year, due to Johns Hopkins University falling four places to 21st. It performs particularly well for its ratio of students to faculty members, one of the six indicators used to compile the ranking, scoring 100 out of 100 and ranking 15th in the world.

9. Columbia University

Columbia University

Up two places this year to 16th in the world, Columbia University also achieves a perfect score of 100 for its student/faculty ratio. Columbia was established in 1754 and has produced many notable alumni, including three US presidents: Barack Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt.

8. Yale University

Yale University

Ranked 15th in the world this year, Yale University is known for its highly selective law school. Yale was established in 1701 and awarded the first PhD in the US in 1861. It’s ranked fifth in the world for its student/faculty ratio and ninth for its reputation among academics.

7. Cornell University

Cornell University

A non-mover at 14th this year, Cornell University is based in Ithaca, New York. It was the first university in the US to award a veterinary medicine degree and is currently ranked second in the world for veterinary science in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

6. Princeton University

Princeton University

As with Cornell and the four universities above it, there’s no movement from Princeton University in this year’s ranking, as it continues to be the 13th best university in the world. One of the country’s oldest universities (founded in 1746), Princeton is considered especially prestigious for the arts and humanities, a broad subject area for which its ranked seventh in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

5. University of Chicago

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago continues to hold down a place in the global top 10 this year, achieving its highest score for its reputation among academics. Established in 1890, the university is known for its strong focus on research. For example, the university’s physics department is known for developing the world’s first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction.

4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


Caltech is the first of four US universities which remain firmly lodged as the world’s top four academic institutions for another year. Known as a leading tech school, Caltech is located in the city of Pasadena, California and is the smallest university in the US top 10.

It’s ranked fifth in the world for the citations per faculty, a measure of research impact. This is actually a drop of one place since last year, making Caltech one of the 118 US universities to see their rank for this indicator drop, suggesting the US is losing its dominance in the worlds of research and academic writing.

3. Harvard University

Harvard University

Harvard University retains its position of third in the QS World University Rankings this year. The oldest university in the country, dating back to 1636, Harvard has a large, residential campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is well respected in a broad range of fields, including law, business and medicine.

2. Stanford University

Stanford University

Continuing to rank second in both the QS World University Rankings and the US this year is Stanford University. Based in the center of Silicon Valley in California, Stanford is renowned for its entrepreneurial spirit and business courses. Its alumni include many successful entrepreneurs such as the founders or co-founders of Netflix, YouTube, WhatsApp and Google.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT University

It really couldn’t be anyone else, could it? For a record-breaking seventh consecutive year, MIT has been crowned the best university in the world, helped by the fact it scores a perfect 100 for four of the six indicators used to compile the ranking. No other institution manages this.

MIT also achieves a world-leading score for citations per faculty and performs impressively well for its international student ratio.

The remaining top 11 - 20 universities in the US this year are…

11. University of Michigan
12. Johns Hopkins University
13. Duke University
14. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
15. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
16. Northwestern University
17. University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
18. New York University (NYU)
19. Carnegie Mellon University
20. University of Wisconsin-Madison

The next top US universities all achieved positions in the global top 500:

Brown University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Washington
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Rice University
Ohio State University
Boston University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
University of California, Davis
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Southern California
University of Maryland, College Park
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Pittsburgh
Michigan State University
Emory University
University of Minnesota
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
University of Florida
Dartmouth College
University of Rochester
Case Western Reserve University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Texas A&M University
Arizona State University
University of Notre Dame
University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)
Georgetown University
Tufts University
University of Miami
University of Arizona
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
North Carolina State University
Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
Yeshiva University
University at Buffalo SUNY
Indiana University Bloomington
Northeastern University
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
George Washington University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Utah
Stony Brook University
University of Kansas
University of Connecticut
Boston College
University of California, Riverside (UCR)
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
University of Colorado at Denver
Tulane University
University of Tennessee
Illinois Institute of Technology
University of Texas Dallas
Brandeis University
The University of Georgia
University of Iowa
University of Delaware
Wayne State University
Colorado State University
Oregon State University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Clark University
Florida State University
Iowa State University
University of New Mexico
University of Oklahoma

After 500, the world ranking continues in bands (e.g. 501-510). Universities which share a band are considered to have the same rank.

Drexel University
Howard University
Lehigh University
University of South Florida
New School University
University of Vermont
American University
University of Cincinnati
Syracuse University
University of Kentucky
University of Nebraska
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
University of South Carolina at Columbia
College of William & Mary
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Oregon
Michigan Technological University
University of Missouri, Columbia
City University of New York
Clarkson University
Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey, Newark
Smith College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Louisiana State University
Southern Methodist University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Temple University
University at Albany SUNY
University of Denver
University of Houston
University of Wyoming
Clemson University
Georgia State University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Texas Tech University
University of Alabama
University of Tulsa
Kansas State University
Kent State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Oklahoma State University
University of Central Florida
University of New Hampshire

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