List Of Universities In USA

The USA is the world’s most popular study destination for international students. It has one of the largest education systems globally, with over 4,000 institutions, including five of the top ten ranked universities according to QS World University Rankings 2022.

Higher education institutions in the United States are known as graduate schools or grad schools. They award postgraduate degrees, most commonly masters and doctorate (PhD). 

USA universities 

American universities are divided in two main types, profit-based schools and not-for-profit schools (also known as “proprietary schools”):

  • Profit-based, private universities – smaller universities that are funded through donations, fees and grants. They have fewer students but higher fees. 
  • Not-for-profit public universities – large, state-funded institutions that have lower tuition fees but more students.


According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, five of the top ten universities in the world are USA institutions. These are: 

1st – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

3rd – Stanford University

5th – Harvard University

6th – California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

10th – University of Chicago

There are eight prestigious institutions that make up the American Ivy League. These historical institutions have a reputation for high scholastic achievement and social prestige:

  • Yale University (Connecticut)
  • Harvard University (Massachusetts)
  • Columbia University (New York)
  • Cornell University (New York)
  • Brown University (Rhode Island)
  • Princeton University (New Jersey)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)
  • Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)

Postgraduate study in the US

In the United States, graduate courses at the graduate school level are more focused than undergraduate courses and the subject area plays a far more significant role in rankings than the institution’s overall national ranking.

Tuition fees & costs in the USA

Universities in the USA are required to publish their Cost of Attendance on their website. This gives a good guide to the cost of tuition as well as the cost of living in the local area. 

As an international student, you will find that tuition fees vary between institutions and can depend on a number of factors including the demand for the university, reputation,  location, discipline, length of study, online or campus learning and application fees. There is also a difference in fees between profit-based schools and not-for-profit schools. 

The average cost of tuition and fees at ranked universities in 2021-2022 was $38,285 at private schools, $22,798 for public out-of-state, and $10,388 for public in-state. The University of New Mexico has some of the cheapest public in-state tuition fees, averaging around $6,920. 

Though, many top-ranking USA university fees can range from around $50,000 to $65,000.

Top-ranked universities in the USA

The university or grad school you choose to attend for your postgraduate study is an important decision that should be thoroughly researched. To help with the process, we’ve compiled a list of the top universities in the USA. 

10 largest universities in the USA

These are the 10 largest universities in the United States together with the number of students enrolled:

UniversityNumber of Students
University of Phoenix72,585
Arizona State University63,124
University of Central Florida61,456
Grand Canyon University58,997
Texas A&M University55,568
Florida International University48,664
Liberty University47,988
The Ohio State University46,984
University of Texas at Austin40,148
The Pennsylvania State University39,809

Top 10 universities in the USA

Here are the top universities in the United States, with information on their tuition fees and the number of students:

UniversityNumber of StudentsTuition Fees 
Princeton University4,773$57,101
Columbia University6,170$63,530
Harvard University 5,222$55,587
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4,361$55,878
Yale University4,703$59,950
Stanford University6,366$57,169
University of Chicago6,989$60,963
University of Pennsylvania9,872$61,710
California Institute of Technology901$58,680
Duke University6,717$60,489

Top 10 liberal arts colleges

Here are the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the USA: 

Williams College
Amherst College
Swarthmore College
Pomona College
Wellesley College
Bowdoin College
United States Naval Academy
Claremont McKenna College
Carleton College
Middlebury College

Top 10 US universities for social sciences

If you’re interested in the social sciences, here are the top 10 institutions in the United States to choose from:
 

Harvard University
Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
Yale University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Pennsylvania
Columbia University
University of Chicago
Princeton University

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