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Top undergraduate courses in the US

Find out what makes the US a perfect undergraduate study destination!

The most important phase in the life of a student is when they are opting for an undergraduate (UG) programme. Given it’s the commencement of their career, it can only get better if a degree is earned from an American institution.

The US country is known for a robust education system, which is driven by the principle of practical learning. The courses offered by American institutions provide flexibility, where they let the students choose subjects that interests them, based on a condition that they also study core subjects for a specific degree. For instance, if you are pursuing a major in history, you can easily opt for a minor in economic policies or even music.

Types of UG programmes in the US

Basis Two-Year Undergraduate Degrees Four-Year Programs
About In this, you can choose a two-year program path in higher education to earn an associate (also known as intermediate) degree These are bachelor’s degrees designed as a four years full-time study program
Offered by These degrees are awarded by a community, junior or technical college More than 2,000 colleges and universities offer these programs in which you can earn a bachelor’s degree
Implication This study program implies that you have completed a study program with a wider base in general education with a focus in a specific area This will imply that you have a major in a specified field such as business, engineering or science, humanities, social science or other specific subjects
Types Divided into two major segments i.e., A.A. degree (or Associate of Arts degree), and A.S. degree (Associate of Science degree). Both aim to prepare you for a 4-year program in college or university There are two types of bachelor’s degrees i.e., B.A. degrees (Bachelor of Arts degrees) and B.S. degrees (Bachelor of Science degrees)

It is best to have done your research before you apply to any of the universities and shortlist the ones you find the most suitable as per your dreams and aspirations. 

Engineering and computer science courses

These are the most sought-after programmes in the US, as there are over 340 accredited American institutions that offer more than 2,300 degrees in engineering and technology at an undergraduate level. In fact, their courses include many disciplines such as Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Cyber security, Information Technology, Health Informatics Technology, Data Sciences, Robotics, which offer diversified career options. For instance, if you opt for a computer science major, then you'll be exposed to fields which are at a nascent stage, but can offer substantial job opportunities such as natural language recognition programs, robotics, artificial intelligence, numerical analysis, programming languages, and gaming technology.

Top 5 American institutions that offer engineering and computer science courses

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

University of California (Berkeley)

California Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

Life science courses

Higher education institutions in the US realised that there was a need for a revolution in how the life sciences programs are taught. Therefore, in 2007, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), took the initiative to start a series of regional conversations focused to improve education in the life sciences field. The conversations aimed to enhance learning, program effectiveness and innovation in the sector. 

As a way forward, these regional conversations formed the recommendations which were applicable across all the life sciences stream, and almost to all disciplines at an undergraduate level. Most common fields of Life Sciences include Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, etc. 

Top 5 US universities to pursue life sciences as per Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings 2020

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

California Institute of Technology

Johns Hopkins University


Business management courses

A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration is an apt course in case you feel inspired by iconic entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs. Each of American institutions programs include a course structure based on case studies and practical training, due to which the US is internationally renowned for its top business schools. Most popular courses include Bachelor of Business Administration and International Business.

Top 5 universities to pursue Business Administration in the US

University of Pennsylvania

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of California-Berkeley

University of Michigan

New York University

The USA attracts a huge crowd of international students in its bachelor programs, with most American universities offering these degrees. You can choose any location from the wide range of study destinations i.e., from exciting metropolitan cities to peaceful small mountain towns to pursue your degree. Irrespective of location, you can be assured of receiving high-quality education and cutting-edge facilities in all the institutions and across all disciplines of the bachelor programmes.

Eligibility criteria to pursue UG program in the US

  • At least 16 years of education before you apply for an undergraduate programme. And a good score in high school (i.e., 10+2)

  • Letter of recommendation from academic staff

  • Statement of purpose

  • Resume and application along with an essay that provides detail of your academic and career goals in line with the course program

  • Standardised test scores are conducted to evaluate student’s critical thinking and academic knowledge such as in SAT

  • A minimum score in English Proficiency tests, such as in IELTS you need at least 6.0 bands to enrol in the top American university 

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/21 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on August 20, 2020

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