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Best Undergraduate Schools

Vault now ranks the best Undergraduate schools. Use our rankings to research potential schools and find the best fit for you.

2015 Best Undergraduate Schools

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9.8

Harvard University

Harvard College is a well-respected and diverse 376-year-old institution based in the exciting Massachusetts cities of Boston and Cambridge, with a mission...

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2014 Rank
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2
SCORE
9.8

Princeton University

Located in a safe, upscale suburban area of central New Jersey, Princeton University, the fourth oldest college in the United States, is a renowned...

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2014 Rank
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SCORE
9.8

Yale University

Yale College, the third oldest college in the United States, is a well-respected New England institution that aims to help students fully develop their...

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2014 Rank
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4
SCORE
9.6

Columbia University

Columbia University, the oldest university in New York and the fourth oldest college in the United States, provides students with quality education through...

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2014 Rank
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5
SCORE
9.6

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago, located on a 215-acre campus that’s been designated a botanic garden, offers students a rigorous education through small,...

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2014 Rank
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6
SCORE
9.5

Stanford University

Stanford University, founded in 1885 and located in California’s Bay Area, emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research through small...

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2014 Rank
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7
SCORE
9.5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), established in 1861 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known for its quality educational programs in...

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2014 Rank
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8
SCORE
9.4

Duke University

Duke University is a well-respected private institution, with roots dating back to 1838, which provides students with strong liberal arts and engineering...

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2014 Rank
9
9
SCORE
9.4

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a well-respected research institution that offers strong liberal arts and pre-professional programs through small...

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2014 Rank
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10
SCORE
9.2

California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is a world-renowned science and engineering research institution, based in Pasadena, California, with a mission to...

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2014 Rank
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11
SCORE
9.1

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is one of the oldest, most respected academic institutions in the United States, located near the White Mountains in New Hampshire,...

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2014 Rank
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12
SCORE
8.8

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a large, private university near Chicago, Illinois, that offers strong liberal arts and sciences programs through small classes...

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2014 Rank
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13
SCORE
8.8

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is a well-regarded institution based in Baltimore, Maryland, that educates students and cultivates their capacity for life-long...

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2014 Rank
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14
SCORE
8.8

Brown University

Brown University, located in the historic capital of Rhode Island, is a well-respected, longstanding research university known for its challenging academic...

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2014 Rank
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15
SCORE
8.6

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis is a highly ranked research institution that challenges its students and faculty alike to seek new knowledge and a...

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2014 Rank
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16
SCORE
8.6

Cornell University

Cornell University is a well-respected private institution, located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, with a mission to provide excellent...

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2014 Rank
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17
SCORE
8.6

University of California, Berkeley

The University of California – Berkeley, a well-respected public institution known for its liberal student activism, gives students opportunities for...

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2014 Rank
22
18
SCORE
8.4

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame is a respected Catholic university that emphasizes academic freedom to foster open discussion and inquiry, links education...

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2014 Rank
17
19
SCORE
8.4

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a well-respected private institution in Nashville that offers academic programs for the purpose of scholarly research, creative...

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2014 Rank
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20
SCORE
8.4

Emory University

Emory University is a well-regarded institution where students explore various disciplines and interests through small classes and a dedicated faculty,...

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2014 Rank
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21
SCORE
8.1

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is well known for its emphasis on social justice and commitment to helping students grow intellectually and spiritually, and...

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2014 Rank
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22
SCORE
8.0

Rice University

Rice University is a well-regarded private institution in Houston, Texas, that gives students opportunities to expand their knowledge, hone skills and...

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2014 Rank
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23
SCORE
8.0

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a global research institution best known for its strong science and technology programs and its emphasis on discovery,...

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2014 Rank
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24
SCORE
7.9

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is a small, well-respected private institution that offers rigorous liberal arts and interdisciplinary programs through small...

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2014 Rank
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25
SCORE
7.8

Tufts University

Tufts University is a well-respected private institution located in a suburban area near Boston that emphasizes globalism, active citizenship, and...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
25

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