United States of America (USA) is the most preferred destination in the world for higher studies and work. Education in USA draws students not solely because it is the most developed nation, but because it provides the highest quality of education. The course structure as well as the method of study train students in a way no other country does. Although this is true for all colleges in America, but every student should and want to get admission to one of the top US Colleges and Universities.
University of Chicago ranks first among the innumerable US universities. It was founded by John D. Rockfeller in 1892, and today houses 14,600 students and 2100 faculty members. It has the best research and technological infrastructure. The approximate cost of the course and stay is 52,450$. A premier undergrad institute, it has four divisions at the UG level, namely, Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Graduates can apply to the various professional schools – Divinity School, Booth School of Business, Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, Irving B Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, or the School of Social Service Administration. Chicago University is known specifically for its law, economics and science departments. To get admission to this institution, you need to fill the common application form. Admission is on the basis of reports of secondary and high school, teachers’ evaluation, SAT or ACT score. Also students are to submit a short essay on why they want to enroll to this university along with an answer essay to the question on the website.
Harvard University, named after John Harvard, was established in 1636 in Cambridge. It is the oldest private university in US. Best known for its law school, business school and medical school, the university also offers varied options to choose from. At the under graduate level, students can choose between African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering and Applied Sciences, History, Music, Psychology, Sociology and Women, Gender and Sexuality. Learning of a foreign language and a writing course is compulsory in the first year. At the PG level, you can opt for any of the schools – Harvard Business School, Divinity School, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Graduate Law School, Harvard Graduate Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health. Harvard University is accredited by the NEASC-CI HE. Online courses are also available for those who cannot attend it on campus. To get admission you need to have a SAT score of 2080-2370 or ACT score of 31-34.
Yale University, founded in 1701 is located in New Haven. The cost of study here is about 54,000$. This Arts and Science Institute offers curses in Mathematics, Foreign Language, Computer Science, Economics, Music, Psychology etc. Online application is recommended. Eligibility depends on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) SAT I and and any two SAT II subject tests, or the ACT score with writing. Also considered is your high school transcript.
Princeton University is a private institution established in 1746. It has outstanding undergraduate and research courses. You can pursue a BA or Bsc in Engineering in any of the following subjects – Anthropology, Architecture, Architecture, Chemical Engineering, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religions and Sociology. For master’s, the programs available are Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Finance, Near Eastern Studies, Public Affairs, Public Policy, and Urban and Regional Planning. You have to fill the common application form, submit recommendation of at least two teachers and your SAT or ACT score, along with a list of accomplishments outside the classroom.
Amherst College, commenced in 1821, is a liberal arts college in Amherst. You can pursue major’s in American Studies, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Film and Video Arts, Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Theater and Dance, etc. In 2007 was introduced the College’s Center for Social Justice to educate students on the opportunities in social justice and community service. You have to fill the common application form to apply, and admission is dependent on your high school transcript, SAT/ACT score, recommendations of teachers and councilors, your writing quality and extra curricular activities. You will be spending approximately 50,000$ for study here.
Stanford University, located in California, was started in 1885, and is known for its computer science department. You can do BA or Bsc or BA and B Sciences at UG level. You have the option to do a double major. The various schools at this level are School of Earth Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Humanities and Sciences. At PG level are the Graduate School of Business, Law School and School of Medicine. Approximate cost of study is 50,000$. Online programs are also available. You have to fill the common application form, and provide your high school transcript, recommendations of teachers.
Brown University, in Providence, established in 1764, offers bachelor’s in arts and science. There are thirty courses to be completed at this level. Major options include Ancient Studies, Education Studies, Commerce Organization and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Neuro Sciences, Physics, Theater Arts and Visual Arts. Master’s in 23 subjects and Doctorate in 43 programs is granted by Brown. For admission the requirements are the common application form, the Brown supplement, high school transcript, recommendations, SAT or Act score. Financial aid is available to deserving students. The total expenditure is 48,000$.
Cornell University was set up in 1865 in New York. It is the first university in US to offer veterinary medicine, industrial and labor relations, and hotel management programs. Cornell has 14 schools and colleges to select from – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture Art and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Hotel Administration, College of Human Ecology, College of Industrial and Labor Relations, Graduate School, Cornell Law School, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Weill Cornell Medical School and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Admission is based on the filling of common application form, high school transcript, and recommendations. Average cost of study is 52,500$.
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia was put up in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. The schools at UG level are – The College- Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Nursing, Wharton Business School. PG schools are Annenburg School of Communication, Graduate School of Education, Law School, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, School of Design, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Policy and Practice and School of Veterinary Medicine. Submit your SAT reasoning test score along with that of two subject tests, or ACT score of writing for admission. Cost of study is 48,000$. Financial aid is available.
Columbia University was established in 1754 in New York City and is the oldest post secondary school in NY. It is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It offers 90 programs, pre-medical, dental and law programs at bachelor’s level. Post graduation can be done in Architecture Planning and Presentation, Arts, Arts and Sciences, Business, Continuing education, Dental and Oral Surgery, Engineering and Applied Sciences, International and Public Affairs, Journalism, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Social Work. You can also study vocal or instrumental music at the Julliard School. Admission criteria is your academic record, ECA, your interests, summer activities, recommendations and the student essay. MA program in Computing and Education is available online.
Apart from these top institutes, the other very good options are the Darmouth College in New Hampshire, University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (for science and technology it is the best institute), California Institute of Technology (houses NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory), North Western University, Boston University (liberal arts school), Georgia Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Washington University (more than 90 programs), John Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University, University of North Carolina, New York University, University of Michigan, Rice University, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas, University of Virginia, University of Florida, and Yeshiva University.
The top US colleges and universities have occupied their position of prestige because of innumerable reasons which include not only academics but also sports and other extra curricular activities. It is because of this all round development that US institutes provide to students, that they have become the highly coveted educational institutions by students all over the world.