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top 50 american universities

INTRODUCTION

This page looks at the top 50 universities in America according to the 2018 Times Higher Education Rank. 

Charts

1. Regional Distribution of Top 25 American Universities

2. States with Most Universities among Top 50 American Universities

Data Table

3. Top 50 American Universities by 2018 Times Higher Education Rank, Global Rank, City, State and Region

The USA has 7 of the top 10 Universities in the world. The Northeast is by far the best performing region with 38% of the top 25 American Universities, well ahead of the other regions. America's most famous University, Harvard, is located in Massachusetts in the Northeast. All 8 of America's Ivy league Universities are in this region. In 2nd place is the western region. 2 of the top 3 are in this region – Stanford in 1st place and the California institute of Technology in 3rd.

 

The largest state, California, is by far the leading individual state with 9 of the top 50. Massachusetts is most notable, being a relatively small state but being in joint second with 4 Universities and having the 2nd and 4th ranked American Universities – MIT and Harvard.

Stanford University, in California, was the highest ranked American University for 2019

3. Top 50 American Universities by Rank, Global Rank, City, State and Region
Rank
Global Rank
University
City
State
1
3
Stanford University
Stanford
California
2
4
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge
Massachusetts
3
5
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena
California
4
6
Harvard University
Cambridge
Massachusetts
5
7
Princeton University
Princeton
New Jersey
6
8
Yale University
New Haven
Connecticut
7
10
University of Chicago
Chicago
Illinois
8
=12
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore
Maryland
8
=12
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
10
15
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley
California
11
16
Columbia University
New York City
New York
12
17
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
California
13
18
Duke University
Durham
North Carolina
14
19
Cornell University
Ithaca
New York
15
20
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor
Michigan
16
24
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
17
25
Northwestern University
Evanston
Illinois
18
27
New York University
New York City
New York
19
28
University of Washington
Seattle
Washington
20
30
University of California, San Diego
San Diego
California
21
34
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta
Georgia
22
39
University of Texas at Austin
Austin
Texas
23
43
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison
Wisconsin
24
50
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign
Illinois
25
52
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
California
26
53
Brown University
Providence
Rhode Island
27
54
Washington University in St Louis
St. Louis
Missouri
28
56
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
29
=59
University of California, Davis
Davis
California
30
64
Purdue University
West Lafayette
Indiana
31
66
University of Southern California
Los Angeles
California
32
=71
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Minneapolis
Minnesota
32
=71
Ohio State University
Columbus
Ohio
34
=74
Boston University
Boston
Massachusetts
35
81
Pennsylvania State University
State College
Pennsylvania
36
=82
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park
Maryland
37
=84
Emory University
Atlanta
Georgia
38
86
Rice University
Houston
Texas
39
=93
Michigan State University
East Lansing
Michigan
40
=96
University of California, Irvine
Irvine
California
41
=99
Dartmouth College
Hanover
New Hampshire
42
107
University of Virginia
Charlottesville
Virginia
43
109
Georgetown University
N/A
Washington D.C
44
=110
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
45
=114
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder
Colorado
46
=121
Vanderbilt University
Nashville
Tennessee
47
=123
Arizona State University
Tempe
Arizona
48
=132
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland
Ohio
49
=146
Indiana University
Bloomington
Indiana
50
152
Tufts University
Medford
Massachusetts
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