Top 10 Universities

Renowned for having the world’s best education system, United States is home to a lot of flamboyant universities. The main highlight of the US universities is their focus on research-oriented learning. Innovation and creativity always remain at the core of their educational philosophy. Here are the top 10 universities in North America that provide top-notch quality education to its students.

Harvard University


  • Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The United States.
  • As one of the oldest universities, Harvard was established in early 1636.
  • It offers 46 undergraduate degree programs and 134 graduate programs

Harvard University Highlights

  • The Harvard University is the home to the world’s largest academic library which possesses 20.4 million volumes, 180,000 serial titles, 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs and 124 million archived web pages approximately.
  • Harvard is dedicated to provide quality teaching and learning to its students.

Schools at Harvard University

  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard College
  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
  • The Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Harvard Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Subjects Covered

  • Social Science
  • English Language and Literature
  • Liberal Arts and Science
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Political Science and Government
  • History

Online Learning at Harvard University

The University also offers various online courses (free and paid) to its students. There are total 71 courses that are free of cost and 38 paid courses.

Scholarships and Financial Aid offered by the University

  • Around 70% of students are given financial aid by the university every year.
  • More than 50% of students are given need-based scholarships.
  • 20% of students do not need to pay anything.

Harvard University Alumni

Harvard University presently has 330,000 living alumni worldwide. Some of the notable Alumni are:

  • Barack Obama – 44th President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Benazir Bhutto – Pakistan’s 11th Prime Minister
  • Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft
  • Mark Zuckerberg – Co-Founder of Facebook
Establishment Year 1636
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools 15
Enrolled Students Above 36,000
Mode of Program Full Time, Part Time, Online



Stanford University


  • Located in California, Stanford University was founded in the year 1885.
  • It comes under the top 5 universities of the globe with a campus size of 8,180 acres.
  • The University offers more than 90 undergraduate programs and 65 graduate programs.

Stanford University Highlights

  • Approximately 16,424 students are enrolled in the university so far, along with 2,219 faculty members.
  • Stanford University has an alumni network of 220,000 students in 150 countries around the world.

Schools at Stanford University

Stanford University has 7 school departments, which are as followed:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Law
  • School of Humanities and Sciences
  • Graduate school of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Education
  • School of Earth, Energy and Environment Sciences

Programs at Stanford University

  • Engineering
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  • Social Sciences
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Online Learning at Stanford University

  • Stanford University also offers online courses such as Degree, Graduate Certificates and Professional Programs.
  • The students can take study the course online, watch lectures and submit their assignments to the teachers.

Scholarship and financial Aid offered by Harvard University

  • An average annual scholarship of $47,228 is rewarded to the students.
  • Parents who earn less than $65,000 don’t need to pay tuition fee or room and board fee.
  • Parents who earn from $65,000 to $125,000 do not need to pay the tuition fees.

Notable Alumni

  • John Bravman, Bucknell University President
  • Nancy Cantor, Rutgers-Newark Chancellor
  • Andre Braugher, Actor
  • Issa Rae, Actress
  • Sergey Brin, Google
  • David Filo, Yahoo
Establishment Year 1885
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools 7
Enrolled Students 16,424
Mode of Program Full Time, Part Time, online


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


  • Founded in the year 1861, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located at Cambridge, England.
  • MIT is committed to provide quality education that combines accurate academic study and academic motivation of a various campus district.
  • MIT offers 33 undergraduate courses and 47 graduate programs.

MIT Highlights

  • MIT and edX are working in collaboration to provide plenty of free online courses.
  • Students can study STEM subjects and experience MIT level education.
  • MIT has an alumni network of above 137,000 students across the globe.

Schools at MIT

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • School of Science

Programs at MIT

The most popular majors at MIT are –

  • Engineering
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

Online Learning at MIT

  • MIT provides various online courses on different platforms.
  • On completion of many of these courses, the student receives a verified certificate.

Scholarship and Financial Aid offered by Harvard University

  • 91% of MIT students receive some form of financial aid from the institute.
  • Average need-based scholarship granted is $45,524.
  • The amount of grant provided can vary from $3000 to a full scholarship.
  • Families with an annual income below $90,000 do not need to pay tuition fees.

MIT Alumni

  • Buzz Aldrin: Apollo 11 Astronaut; the second person to land on the moon
  • Kofi Annan: Former UN-Secretary General
  • Virgilio Barco: President of Columbia
  • Richard Feynman: Physicist, Nobel Laureate for Development of Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Alfred P.Sloan: Former CEO of General Motor
Establishment Year 1861
Scholarship Yes
No. of schools 5
Enrolled Student Above 11,466
Mode of Program Full Time, Part Time, Online


Princeton University


  • Princeton University is located in Princeton, New Jersey, and was established in 1746.
  • Initially, it was known as the College of New Jersey. In 1896, it was renamed Princeton University.
  • The university offers a wide variety of subjects to choose from, to its students.

Princeton Highlights

  • Princeton University offers 18 masters’ degree programs and 42 doctoral programs.
  • With a collection of more than 7 million books, 6 million microforms, and 48,000 linear feet of manuscripts, the university is a home to one of the massive libraries in the city.

Programs at Princeton University

  • There are major 5 fields of programs, which are:
    • Engineering
    • Social Science
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
    • History
    • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

Online Learning at Princeton University

  • Princeton Online is the home for huge, open and online courses available with Princeton University’s proposal in online education.
  • Princeton Online started in the year 2012, with six courses on its online learning platform, Coursera.
  • Since then, Princeton faculty created around 30 courses on a range of academic topics, and attained some 3 million learners in over 190 countries.

Scholarship and financial aids offered by Princeton University

  • Princeton financial aid is rewarded exclusively based on need, as there are no merit scholarships.
  • Around 60 % of undergraduate students get financial aids.
  • Students receive full scholarship if they are from a lower-income background with an annual income of $ 65,000 or below.

Princeton University Alumni

  • James Madison – 4th President of the USA
  • Prince Moulay Hicham – 1st cousin of the present Prince of Morocco
  • Pete Conrad – NASA astronaut and the Commander of Apollo 12. He was the 3rd man to walk on Moon.
  • Jerome Powell -The 16th and current Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Jeff Bezos – CEO and founder of Amazon
Establishment Year 1746
Scholarship Yes
No. of schools …………
Enrolled Students 8,273
Mode of Program Full Time, Part Time, Online


Yale University


  • Yale University is located in New Haven. It was founded in the year 1701.
  • Yale has been devoted to increasing and giving out knowledge, stimulating originality, and maintaining artistic and technical information for the upcoming generation.
  • Yale University is sprawled over 1015 acres of land in New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale University Highlights

  • The University’s Library is the third largest library in the US with 15 million volumes of books.
  • Yale University offers over 2000 courses to its students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Schools at Yale University

  1. Yale College
  2. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  3. School of Architecture
  4. School of Arts
  5. Divinity School
  6. School of Drama
  7. Law school
  8. School of Engineering & Applied Science
  9. School of Management
  10. School of Medicine
  11. School of Public Health
  12. School of Nursing
  13. School of Music
  14. School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Programs at Yale University

Programs at Yale University are offered in the following fields, which are:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Health & Medicine
  • Humanities
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Online Learning at Yale University

  • Yale provides online learning for a vast and global audience; from lifelong learners seeking to improve knowledge skills, to undergraduate and graduate students looking to supplement their current courses or to get a class online to earn college credit, a certificate or a degree.
  • Yale offers online courses on a variety of platforms including Coursera,iTunes U, YouTube, and through Open Yale Courses.

Scholarship & financial aid offered by Yale University

  • Yale University also provides financial aids to the students coming from families with an annual income less than $65,000. They have to pay only 3% of the cost of attendance at Yale and Students coming from families with annual income from $65,000 to $150,000 have to pay 10% of cost of attendance at Yale.
  • In short, 64% of UG students receive some form of financial aid and 84% of graduate students from Yale are debt-free.

Yale University Alumni

Alumni of the Yale University are affiliated to 61 Nobel laureates, 5 Fields Medalists and 3 Turing award winners as well as 5 U.S. Presidents.

  • Harold Stanley – Founder, Morgan Stanley
  • Briton Hadden – Co-founder of Times magazine
  • Hillary Clinton – Former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Claire Danes – Actress
  • Joseph P. Allen – NASA Astronaut with two STS missions experience
  • George W. Bush – Former U.S. President
Establishment year 1701
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools 14
Enrolled Students 12,974
Mode of Program Full Time, Part Time, Online


University of Chicago


  • University of Chicago is an urban research university that was established in the year 1890.
  • Chicago University comes under America’s top universities.
  • The University of Chicago offers 52 major and 41 minors courses as well as a dozen of areas of specialized study and pre-professional preparation in the undergraduate or at the College level.

University of Chicago highlights

  • Chicago faculty knows the importance of general education, as the foundational principle for liberal learning.
  • The University of Chicago believes in the use of technology for effective teaching and learning experiences, both on-campus and online.
  • The University provides excellent health and wellness services to college students. Some of them are:
  • Student Health & Counseling Services
  • Athletics & Recreation
  • FitChicago Fitness Classes
  • Peer Health Advocates
  • Wellness Calendar

Schools at University of Chicago

  • Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Booth School of Business
  • Law School
  • School of Social Service Administration
  • Harris School of Public Policy Studies
  • Divinity School
  • Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
  • Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.

Programs at the University of Chicago

University of Chicago offers undergraduate, graduate, and interdisciplinary courses along with the research opportunities in various fields of study.

The University of Chicago offers the following programs:-

  • Interdisciplinary
  • UChicago Careers In
  • Joint Degrees
  • Specializations

Online Learning at the University of Chicago

  • Course design and development for hybrid and online courses, including MOOCs.
  • Platform support for web-based learning management systems such as Canvas, Coursera etc.
  • Digital teaching and learning at University of Chicago is maintained by the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, the Chicago Center for Teaching, and Academic Technology Solutions in IT Services.

Scholarship & Financial Aids offered by University of Chicago

  • Chicago offers a wide range of need-based financial aid, the most important source of available scholarships for the students.
  • Students are also awarded merit scholarships. There are 4 types of merit scholarships:
  • University Scholarship
  • Dean’s Scholarship
  • President’s Scholarship
  • Provost’s Scholarship

University of Chicago Alumni

The university also has a large network of 182,000 alumni all over the globe. Some of them are:
  • Ed Asner – Emmy Award winning actor
  • Shimon Agranat – President of supreme court of Israel
  • Jay Berwanger – First Heisman Trophy winner
Establishment Year 1890
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools 8
Enrolled Students 16,227
Mode of Program Full- Time, Part time, Online


Columbia University


  • Columbia University is located in the city of New York and was founded in the year 1754.
  • It is one of the most pre-historic universities.
  • This University was the first educational institute in the USA to grant the MD degree.

Columbia University Highlights

  • The library is known to be designed in neo-classical style and maintains more than 11 million books and research papers.
  • Columbia University ranked 16 in the QS World University Ranking 2019.

Schools at Columbia University

Currently, the university has twenty schools which are:
  1. Columbia Business School
  2. Columbia Journalism School
  3. Columbia Law School
  4. Columbia school of general studies
  5. Barnard College
  6. Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  7. Graduate School of arts and Science
  8. College of Dental medicine
  9. Mailman School of Public Health
  10. School of Nursing
  11. School of Professional studies
  12. School of International and public Affairs
  13. Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  14. Teachers College
  15. Union Theological Seminary
  16. Jewish Theological Seminary
  17. Columbia College
  18. Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
  19. School of Social Work
  20. School of the Arts

Programs at Columbia University

Columbia University offers numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in various fields. Some of the major fields in the university are:-

  • Social Sciences
  • Biological and Biomedical sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Computer and information sciences

Online Learning at Columbia University

  • The university provides online courses on the various massive open online courses (MOOC). Some of them are Coursera, edX, and Canvas network.
  • MOOC is a free Web-based distance learning program which is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically isolated students.

Scholarship & Financial Aid offered by Columbia University

  • Columbia University offers a wide range of need-based financial aid.
  • Financial aid application requirements depend on factors such as applicant type, citizenship, and family marital status.

Columbia University Alumni

Various remarkable Alumni of Columbia University are:
  • Charles Wilkes – United States Navy admiral
  • Doyle E.Carlton – Governor of Florida
  • John Jay – Chief Justice of United States , Governor of New York
Establishment Year 1754
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools 20
Enrolled Student 27,942
Mode of Program Full Time, Part Time, Online


University of Pennsylvania


  • The University of Pennsylvania, also known as Penn University, was founded in the year 1740.
  • University of Pennsylvania was one of the first educational institutions to follow a multidisciplinary model.
  • It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in its network of 12 schools.

University of Pennsylvania Highlights

  • University of Pennsylvania’s ranks 8th in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities.
  • In 2018, Penn University received a donation of $13.8 billion making it the seventh largest donation of all other colleges in the U.S.
  • In 2011, the university started its Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence which led to a 35 percent rise in minority faculty and a 16 percent boost in female faculty.

Schools at University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania has twelve schools in total, in which five of them offer undergraduate and graduate studies, and seven offer only graduate studies. The schools are as followed:

  • Graduate school of Education
  • Law School
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • Perelman School of medicine
  • School of Social Policy and practice
  • Wharton School
  • Annenberg School for Communication
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Design

Programs at University of Pennsylvania

The most popular majors of the university include:-
  • Registered Nursing
  • Finance
  • Political science and economics
  • General Biology

Online learning at University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Pennsylvania also offers online courses.
  • It provides opportunities to learn specialized skills, obtain college credit, and submerge in the life of the mind, to its students.

Scholarship & Financial Aid offered by the University of Pennsylvania

  • All Penn aid is need-based, like all other Ivy League colleges.
  • The aid generated by league schools is used to provide financial assistance to meet Penn’s cost of attendance.

University of Pennsylvania Alumni

Some of the Notable Alumni of University of Pennsylvania are:
  • American Civil rights lawyer – Gloria Allred
  • Pulitzer award-winning author –  Jennifer Egan
  • Indian Business Magnate –Anil Ambani
Establishment Year 1740
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools 12
Enrolled student 25,367
Mode of Education Full-Time, Part-Time, Online


University of California


  • The University of California is located in Irvine, California, United States. It was established in 1869.
  • It consists of 238,000+ students and around 190,000 faculty and staff, with approximately 1.7 million alumni living and working around the world.
  • There are a total of 10 campus of the University, from which Nine UC campus offer undergraduate and graduate education and one (UCSF) is for graduate/professional courses only. Following are the names:
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UCLA
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

University of California Highlights

  • The University of California has been involved in managing three national labs for the U.S. Department of Energy since 1943, which are – Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos.
  • The University has lots of concert halls, botanical gardens, museums, observatories, art galleries, and marine centers like- academic resources.

Programs at the University of California

Most popular majors offered by the university –
  • Social Sciences
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  • Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Online learning at the University of California

  • The University of California Online is the official site for students who are not currently enrolled at any UC campus and who want to enroll in online courses offered by the University of California.
  • The University provides courses on various portals like Coursera, Canva, etc.

 Scholarship & Financial Aid offered by University of California

  • Over 63% of students are provided with financial aid yearly.
  • The average annual need-based scholarship awarded is USD 19,731.

University of California Alumni

The University of California has a notable list of Alumni that includes:
  • Jack London (Novelist and Journalist)
  • Gregory Peck (Oscar-winning actor)
  • Joan Didion (Author)
Establishment Year 1869
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools ………………
Enrolled Students 34,639
Mode of Program Full-Time, Part-Time, Online


Cornell University


  • Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York City, United States, and was founded in 1865.
  • Cornell University offers around 80 majors and 100 fields of graduate study.

Cornell University Highlights

  • Cornell University has a traditional college campus which is located in Ithaca, New York, and sprawled around 2,300 acres. It is a beautiful campus, enclosed by gardens, lakes, and natural waterfalls.
  • The Cornell University was the first one that primarily started a four-year school of hotel administration and industrial and labor relations.

Schools at Cornell University

Undergraduates colleges and schools:-
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • School of industrial and Labour Relations
  • Faculty of Computing and Information Sciences
  • College of Human Ecology
  • Cornell SC Jonson College of Business
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
Graduate Colleges and schools:-
  • Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • Cornell Law School
  • Graduate School
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Cornell Tech (New York City)
  • Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar
  • Weill Cornell Medicine (New York)

Programs at Cornell University

Programs in the following fields are popular at Cornell University:
  • Humanities
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Interdisciplinary research in nanotechnology, biotechnology, supercomputing, and genomics

Scholarship & financial Aids Offered by Cornell University

  • The university provides scholarship aids for Undergraduate students with an annual income that falls under $60,000
  • There is no athletic scholarship awarded to the students.

Cornell University Alumni

The notable alumni of the university are:
  • Pop Warner, Pioneer of American Football
  • Mario Garcia Menocal, President of Cuba
  • Christopher Reeve, Superman actor
  • Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods
Establishment Year 1865
Scholarship Yes
No. of Schools 8 Undergraduate Colleges, 8 Graduate Colleges
Enrolled Students 23,016
Mode of Program Full-time, Part-time, Online

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