Get to Know the Universities in the US
Home to some of the world’s top ranked educational institutions, the USA has a lot to offer prospective university students both domestically and across the world. Whether you’re eyeing a prestigious Ivy League degree or see your degree as a chance to live in the Big Apple, the US offers a plethora of different programs to match your specific interests. In this article, we aim to categorize some of the most popular universities in the US, to give you a better idea of what your options are.
The most well known group of universities in the US was formed around a common sports league in northeastern USA. The eight oldest universities in the country competed against each other and came to form the group in the 1700’s. The schools are highly regarded and offer liberal arts programs on undergraduate levels. In America, “Ivy League” is a well-renowned group of universities that work as basis for many other groups of universities.
These schools are among the top-ranking, undergraduate-focused liberal arts colleges in the country. They are commonly found on the countryside in a beautiful and calm environment. The schools are generally small in size and student numbers.
This is an informal grouping of elite schools, often regarded as among the very top learning institutions in the country, but lacking the history of the traditional Ivy Leagues, and not fitting the location requirements of said group. The strongest common factor among these schools is the academic standard. The grouping is loosely based on the guide Hidden Ivies: Thirty Colleges of Excellence, published in year 2000.
West Coast Ivies
Another informal list, this time of top class west coast (California) schools. Many of the universities on this list are also included among “The New Ivies”. Apart from their academic prestige and reputation, these schools also attract with their beautiful setting and enjoyable climate.
Don’t get “Ivy Fever”!
Many aspiring international students who dream of studying at top universities in the US lack knowledge about the wide range of schools on offer. They may have heard of famous schools like Harvard, Yale and Stanford, and assume that these institutions are the only options worth the effort. In America you’ll find a very different picture of college education. While Harvard IS a great school, it is far from the only great school in the country. An undergraduate degree from Williams College, for example, is similarly regarded in America. Studying at Georgetown can prove to be just as good as attending Yale or Columbia.
There are many gems to be found both in America and the UK. Although they are not featured among the top 10 in the international ranking lists, they can provide a first class academic degree and college experience. We therefore advise you to do a bit of research about your different options and to create your own “top list”.
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