What Are the Best Universities in the United States?

Harvard University 1 of 9

Location: Cambridge, MA

Tuition: $40,866 (2012-13)

Enrollment: 6,657

Harvard is a private Ivy League research university that is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It was founded in 1636, making it the oldest university in the United States, from which no less than eight U.S. presidents have graduated. Other famous alumni include philosopher Henry David Thoreau, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and actor Tommy Lee Jones. Features of this top university include:

  • The world's largest private library collection, as well as the oldest in the U.S.
  • Athletic competition in the Ivy League and rivalry with Yale University
  • Student-faculty ratio of 7:1 and small class sizes
  • Highly ranked schools, including its Medical School, Business School and Law School
  • The largest academic endowment in the world