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Top 5 Colleges in the USA

Updated on February 3, 2014


Top Five Colleges in the USA

The basis for this list is thorough research and student opinions. The main source being the US News Ranking. However, do not let this ranking let you determine which school is actually the best. It is only a guide. It is always the student that makes the school, not the other way around.

Included are current tuition and fees as of this writing; please double-check as these costs are subject to change without notice.


1. Harvard University

As always, Harvard has ranked top one with most statistical listings. Aside from it being the oldest university in the country, it has one of the most notable and famous graduates in record, some of them being President Barack Obama and Conan O’Brien.

Tuition (including fees): $38,416

2. Princeton University

Last year, Princeton tied first place with Harvard. Now, only in second with a one-point difference with the top spot. Impressive fact? Charles Conrad, class of 1953, was the third person to walk on the moon, planting the Princeton flag on its surface.

Tuition (including fees): $36,640

East Coast Schools

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Harvard, MA, USA
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Princeton, NJ, USA
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Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
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Columbia University, 116th St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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3. Yale University

This university has been going through controversies in the late, even being mocked by Harvard because of their “guarded treatment of their crime problems,” of course pertaining to the murder of 24-year-old Annie Le year. However, that will not stop them from being a tough competitor with a 98 score from the US News listing, only a two-point difference from Harvard.

Tuition (including fees): $38,300

4. Columbia University

The school of the five Founding Fathers of the United States and the university with the most Pulitzer Prize winners dominates with most numbers of enrollees in the 2009 enrollment even with its increased tuition fee.

Tuition (including fees): $43,304

5. Stanford University

Though dipping a notch lower in the university rankings, this school still holds the record for the largest number of Turing award winners, considered to be the Nobel Prize of computer science.

Tuition (and fees): $39,201

West Coast School

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Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
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