The world's leading international study destination, the US consistently dominates the global rankings tables – and this remains the case in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017. Top US universities account for almost a third (32) of the top 100 positions in the ranking, with a further 30 US universities in the global top 300. Read on to discover this year’s top 10, as well as how the other 144 top US universities featured in the ranking.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  2. Stanford University
  3. Harvard University
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  5. University of Chicago
  6. Princeton University
  7. Yale University
  8. Cornell University
  9. Johns Hopkins University
  10. University of Pennsylvania

The remaining 20 top universities in the US (all but one of which are in the top 50) this year are…

  1. Columbia University (ranked 20th in the world)
  2. University of Michigan (ranked 23rd in the world, up from joint 30th last year)
  3. Duke University (ranked joint 24th in the world)
  4. Northwestern University (ranked 26th in the world)
  5. University of California, Berkeley (UCB; ranked 28th in the world)
  6. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA; ranked 31st in the world)
  7. University of California, San Diego (UCSD; ranked 40th in the world)
  8. New York University (NYU; ranked joint 46th in the world)
  9. Brown University (ranked joint 49th in the world)
  10. University of Wisconsin-Madison (ranked joint 53rd in the world)

The next 58 top US universities all achieved positions in the global top 400:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University (ranked 58th in the world)
  2. University of Washington (ranked 59th in the world)
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (ranked 66th in the world)
  4. University of Texas at Austin (ranked 67th in the world)
  5. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech; ranked 71st in the world)
  6. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (ranked 78th in the world)
  7. The University of California, Davis (UCD; ranked joint 85th in the world)
  8. Ohio State University (ranked 88th in the world)
  9. Boston University (ranked 89th in the world)
  10. Rice University (ranked 90th in the world)
  11. Purdue University (ranked 92nd in the world)
  12. Pennsylvania State University (ranked joint 95th in the world)
  13. Washington University in St. Louis (ranked joint 106th in the world)
  14. The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB; ranked 118th in the world)
  15. The University of Maryland, College Park (ranked joint 131st in the world)
  16. University of Southern California (ranked 136th in the world)
  17. University of Minnesota (ranked 137th in the world)
  18. University of Pittsburgh (ranked 145th in the world)
  19. Emory University (ranked joint 149th in the world)
  20. The University of California, Irvine (UCI; ranked 156th in the world)
  21. Dartmouth College (ranked 158th in the world)
  22. Texas A&M University (ranked joint 160th in the world)
  23. Michigan State University (ranked joint 160th in the world)
  24. University of Colorado at Boulder (ranked 170th in the world)
  25. University of Virginia (ranked 172nd in the world)
  26. University of Florida (ranked joint 185th in the world)
  27. University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC; ranked joint 187th in the world)
  28. University of Rochester (ranked 194th in the world)
  29. Case Western Reserve University (ranked 202nd in the world)
  30. Vanderbilt University (ranked joint 203rd in the world)
  31. University of Notre Dame (ranked joint 203rd in the world)
  32. Georgetown University (ranked joint 214th in the world)
  33. Arizona State University (ranked 222nd in the world)
  34. University of Arizona (ranked 233rd in the world)
  35. Tufts University (ranked 238th in the world)
  36. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (ranked 251st in the world)
  37. University of Miami (ranked joint 252nd in the world)
  38. The University of California, Riverside (UCR; ranked 271st in the world)
  39. North Carolina State University (ranked 277th in the world)
  40. Indiana University Bloomington (ranked 291st in the world)
  41. The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC; ranked 296th in the world)
  42. Boston College (ranked joint 299th in the world)
  43. Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick (ranked 301st in the world)
  44. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ranked joint 310th in the world)
  45. Yeshiva University (ranked joint 330th in the world)
  46. University at Buffalo Suny (ranked 342nd in the world)
  47. University of Hawaii at Manoa (ranked 343rd in the world)
  48. Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech; ranked joint 361st in the world)
  49. Northeastern University (ranked joint 361st in the world)
  50. George Washington University (ranked joint 363rd in the world)
  51. University of Colorado at Denver (ranked joint 374th in the world)
  52. University of Texas Dallas (ranked joint 380th in the world)
  53. American University (ranked 384th in the world)
  54. Colorado State University (ranked joint 386th in the world)
  55. Stony Brook University (ranked joint 390th in the world)
  56. University of Iowa (ranked joint 393rd in the world)
  57. Washington State University (ranked joint 395th)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Established in 1861 and regarded as the topmost university in entire USA with more than 1000 faculty members.This is the top-ranked university in the United Kingdom according to all major league tables and world's second best university by Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Also the university stood in third place inworldwide Academic Ranking of World Universities.

  • Rankings:
    • QS World (2020): 7
    • The World (2019): 2
  • Famous People Studied Here:
    • David Attenborough: Broadcaster and Naturalist.
    • Dian Fossey: Conservationist.
    • Thandie Newton: Actress.
    • Sandi Toksvig: Comedian and Political Activist.
    • Alan Turing: Computer Scientist.

1. Stanford University: Founded in 1885 with a campus size of 8,180 acres and a student enrollment of around 50,000 across globe.This is considered as one of the best universities in the world with high competition rate.

  • Ranking:
    • QS World (2020): 2
    • The World (2019): 2
  • Famous People Studied Here:
    • SundarPichai - Chief Executive Officer of Google
    • Sergey MikhaylovichBrin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur.
    • Lawrence Edward Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.
    • Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer. as one of the most famous athletes of all time
    • Herbert Clark Hoover was an American engineer, businessman, and politician who served as the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933

2. Harvard University: The oldest and most famous higher education university, founded in 1636. Almost 20,000 students and above take the privilege every year to study here. The Library system has around 79 libraries and is well known as the largest academic library in the world

  • Ranking:
    • QS World (2020): 3
    • The World (2019): 1
  • Famous People studied in that university are:
    • Barack Hussein Obama II is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency
    • Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief executive officer.
    • Ratan Tata - Indian industrialist, investor, philanthropist, and a former chairman of Tata Sons who serves as its chairman emeritus.
    • Natalie Portman is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. .
    • Ashish Nanda - Director of Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad, Nanda joined IIMA as Director on 2 Sept 2013. Upon taking charge, Nanda described IIMA as "a hidden jewel."

3. California Institute of Technology (Caltech): A private doctorate-granting research university in Pasadena, California well known for natural science and engineering research and teaching methods. The university always makes its place in the top universities of the world.

  • Ranking:
    • QS World (2020): 5
    • The World (2019): 3
  • Famous People studied in that university are
    • Gordon Earle Moore is an American businessman, engineer, and the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation.
    • France Anne-Dominic Cordova is an American astrophysicist and administrator, who is the fourteenth director of the National Science Foundation.
    • Kip Stephen Thorne is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics
    • Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist.
    • Sabeer Bhatia - an Indian-American businessman who co-founded the webmail company Hotmail.com

4. University of Chicago: Founded in 1890,theUniversity of Chicago is a private institution with a global excellence. The University always stands in top-ten positions in various national and international rankings. Economics, Law, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Religion, Sociology, and Political Science are the well taught subjects here.

  • Ranking:
    • QS World (2020): 10
    • The World (2019): 9
  • Famous People studied in that university are
    • SatyaNadella - engineer and Indian American business executive and also Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014.
    • Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.
    • Gary Stanley Becker was an American economist and a Nobel laureate in economics.
    • Bernard Sanders is an American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007.
    • Lawrence Joseph Ellison is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is a co-founder and the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation

5. Princeton University: Well known for its illustrious higher education institutions, Princeton University was founded in 1746 and was renamed as Princeton University in 1896. It is one of the oldest universities of US and also the best university for research studies.

  • Ranking:
    • QS World (2020): 13
    • The World (2019): 13
  • Famous People studied in that university are
    • Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American statesman, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921.
    • James Madison Jr. was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, and philosopher and also served as the fourth President of the United States
    • Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and charity donor. He is the founder, CEO, and president of Amazon.com, Inc.
    • Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer, whose works helped to illustrate the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age.
    • Eric Emerson Schmidt is an American businessman and software engineer.

6. Yale University: The second richest and one of the oldest universities of the world. Earlier Yale University was known as collegiate school and later was renamed to 1718 as Yale in honor of Welsh benefactor Elihu Yale, and it was the first university in the US to award a PhD, in 1861. Humanities and Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences are the major subjects taught here

  • Ranking:
    • QS World (2020): 17
    • The World (2019): 17
  • Famous People studied in that university are
    • George Herbert Walker Bush was an American politician and businessman who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd vice president from 1981 to 1989
    • Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accents.
    • George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009.
    • FareedRafiqZakaria - an Indian-American journalist, political scientist, and author.
    • IshaAmbani- Daughter of Anil Ambani

7. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton): One of the most dignified colonial colleges of the world with proven world’s best teaching methods. This is also one of the oldest universities which is recognized as the first multi-faculty University of US.

  • Ranking:
    • QS World (2020): 15
    • The World (2019): 19
  • Famous People studied in that university are:
    • Elon Reeve Musk FRS is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO.
    • John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist.
    • Ivana Marie "Ivanka" Trump, also known as Yael Kushner is an American businesswoman, fashion designer, author, and reality television personality who is currently an advisor to the president of the United States.
    • William Carlos Williams was an American poet and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism.
    • Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist.

Other Prominent Universities and Ranking

University Forbes College Ranking
Harvard University 1
Stanford University 2
Yale University 3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4
Princeton University 5
University of Pennsylvania 6
Brown University 7
California Institute of Technology 8
Duke University 9
Dartmouth College 10
Cornell University 11
Pomona College 12
University of California, Berkeley 13
Columbia University 14
Georgetown University 15
University of Chicago 16
Northwestern University 17
University of Notre Dame 18
Williams College 19
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 20