Ranked: The Top 100 Universities In The USA

  • 352 US schools are featured in the recently released QS World University Rankings: USA.
  • The state with the most schools featured is New York, followed by California.

The university or college you choose to go to can have a major impact on the rest of your life, so it’s probably a good idea to do some research first. To help with the process, we’ve compiled a ranking of the best 100 US universities and colleges, according to the recently released QS World University Rankings: USA 2021.

We’ve also broken down the complete list of top US universities by state, so you can find a leading study destination that’s close to home (and probably more affordable than expensive out-of-state options).

Top 100 US Universities 2020

RankUniversity
1Harvard University
2Stanford University
3Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
4University of California Berkeley (UCB)
5University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
6Yale University
7Columbia University
8Princeton University
9New York University (NYU)
10University of Pennsylvania
11University of Chicago
12Cornell University
13Duke University
14 =Johns Hopkins University
14 =University of Southern California
16Northwestern University
17Carnegie Mellon University
18University of Michigan 
19Brown University
20Boston University
21California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
22Emory University
23Rice University
24University of Washington, Seattle
25Washington University in St. Louis
26 Georgetown University
27University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
28Vanderbilt University
29University of Texas at Austin
30 = University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
30 =University of Rochester
32 =Dartmouth College
32 =University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
34University of California, Davis (UCD)
35University of Florida
36 = Tufts University
36 =University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)
38Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
39Stony Brook University
40University of Virginia
41Case Western Reserve University
42Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
43University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
44Pennsylvania State University, University Park
45 =George Washington University
45 =University of California, Irvine (UCI)
47University of Notre Dame
48University of Miami
49Northeastern University
50 =Ohio State University, Columbus
50 =University at Buffalo SUNY
52University of Maryland, College Park
53Purdue University
54University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
55 =Boston College
55 =Michigan State University
57University of Massachusetts, Amherst
58University of Wisconsin-Madison
59Syracuse University
60 =Lehigh University
60 =University of Pittsburgh
62 =Arizona State University, Tempe
62 = Brandeis University
63Temple University
64 =Texas A&M University
64 =University of Arizona
66University of Houston
67 =Binghamton University, SUNY
67 =Drexel University
67 =North Carolina State University
67 =Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
71University of Connecticut
72University of Georgia
73Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech)
74University of New Mexico
75Indiana University Bloomington
76Tulane University
77University of Colorado at Boulder
78 =Florida State University
78 =University of South Florida
80 =Illinois Institute of Technology
80 =University of California, Riverside (UCR)
80 =University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
83 =Howard University
83 =University of Texas Dallas
85 =Santa Clara University
85 = Wake Forest University
87 =University of Maryland, Baltimore County
87 =University of Utah
89George Mason University
90 =New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
90 =University of Massachusetts, Boston
92University of Kansas
93University at Albany SUNY
94Oregon State University
95University of Delaware
96University of the Pacific
97 =Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, Newark
97 =University of Hawai’i at Manoa
99 =San Diego State University
99 = University of Iowa
99 = University of Oklahoma, Norman
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