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Top Universities in the USA 2021

The USA is currently the most popular overseas study destination, with over 750,000 international students pursuing their dream course in a wide variety of quality universities.  

A number of American institutions are ranked highly by university ranking providers such as QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, achieving high consistency in aspects like research output and stellar contributions to respective industries. 

Apart from its excellent higher education offerings, the USA offers an abundance of activities - both city-bound and nature-themed - to satisfy the needs of those who wish to explore and immerse in new experiences. 

For those who are seeking to pursue your foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate pathways in the USA, university rankings can provide a sense of whether the institution is right for you. 

Ranking providers like the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World (THE) University Rankings are globally recognised, often used by students as part of their research before applying to study abroad. 

With that, we’ve compiled the top universities in the USA for 2021 below, with data from the latest QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. 

 

QS Top Universities in the USA 2021 

RankUniversityGlobal Rank 
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  1
2Stanford University 
3Harvard University    3
4California Institute of Technology (Caltech)    4
5University of Chicago    9
6Princeton University   12
7University of Pennsylvania   16 
8Yale University    17
9Cornell University  18 18
10Columbia University    19 
11University of Michigan-Ann Arbor    21
12Johns Hopkins University   25 
13Northwestern University    29 
14University of California, Berkeley (UCB)   30 
15New York University (NYU)    35 
16University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)   36 
17Duke University   42
18Carnegie Mellon University    51 
19University of California, San Diego (UCSD)   54 
20Brown University   60

 

THE Top Universities in the USA 2021 

RankUniversityGlobal Rank
1Stanford University    
2Harvard University   
3California Institute of Technology   4
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology   
5University of California, Berkeley  7
6Yale University 
7Princeton University  
8The University of Chicago   10 
9John Hopkins University   12 
10University of Pennsylvania   13
11Columbia University   17
12Columbia University    17 
13Cornell University  19 
14Duke University  20 
15University of Michigan-Ann Arbor  22
16Northwestern University  24
17New York University  26
18Carnegie Mellon University  28
19University of Washington  29
20University of California, San Diego   33 

 

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