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To determine our Best Undergraduate Schools Ranking, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality ranking. Each school's overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25% acceptance rates, 25% standardized scores (SAT/ACT), 25% quality of life (location/proximity to amenities and student life opportunities and events), and 25% employment opportunities (prestige and % employed upon graduation).
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 to create knowledge and encourage students to explore new ways of thinking and expressing their ideas.
Stanford University, founded in 1885 and located in California’s Bay Area, emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research through small class sizes and a highly accessible faculty.
Located in a safe, upscale suburban area of central New Jersey, Princeton University, the fourth oldest college in the United States, is a renowned research institution that aims to provide students with a vibrant community of scholarship and learning.
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 intellectual, moral, civic, and creative capacities through small class sizes and a dedicated, accessible faculty.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), established in 1861 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known for its quality educational programs in math, science and engineering. Near the vibrant city of Boston, MIT offers an intense environment for students who thrive on solving complicated problems to make a difference in the world.
Columbia University, the oldest university in New York and the fourth oldest college in the United States, provides students with quality education through small classes, highly accessible faculty, and diverse experiences in the exciting, cultural hub of Manhattan.
The University of Chicago, located on a 215-acre campus that’s been designated a botanic garden, offers students a rigorous education through small, discussion-style classes, as well as immediate access to the “Windy City.”
Established in 1793 and located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Williams College is a private liberal arts institution. Students may choose to pursue studies in any one of 36 majors across three academic divisions—languages and the arts, social sciences, and science and mathematics. Undergraduate enrollment at Williams College is approximately 2,000 students, with a student-faculty ratio of seven to one. In 2017, Williams College ranked No. 8 in the Vault Rankings for the Best Undergraduate Schools.
Duke University is a well-respected private institution, with roots dating back to 1838, which provides students with strong liberal arts and engineering degree programs through small classes and an engaged faculty, and access to all the perks of the “Bull City” (aka Durham).
The University of Pennsylvania is a well-respected research institution that offers strong liberal arts and pre-professional programs through small classes, highly accessible faculty, and integration of academic learning with social and extracurricular activities.