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Top United States Universities 2024

I compiled an aggregate of the top universities in the world a year ago. We shall now see what has changed for the United States.

I used eight different resources for rankings.

A university must be listed in at least seven of the eight rankings to be considered. I then removed the MAX and MIN values to create an average score.

RKUniversityAVGMINMAX
1Harvard University3.019
2Massachusetts Institute of Technology3.614
3Stanford University3.814
4Princeton University6.4110
5Yale University8.219
6University of Pennsylvania9.0410
7Columbia University11.6612
8Cornell University15.8722
9Johns Hopkins University16.8924
10California Institute of Technology18.2247
11University of California, Berkeley18.4447
12University of Chicago19.4532
13Duke University20.46UR
14Northwestern University21.0831
15University of California, Los Angeles21.2730
16University of Michigan25.61323
17Brown University29.6943
18University of California, San Diego31.42065
19University of Washington33.21460
20Vanderbilt University33.81449
21Washington University in St. Louis36.01140
22University of Southern California36.81447
23Carnegie Mellon University37.41459
24Dartmouth College39.8849
25New York University40.415105
26University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill41.61749
27University of Wisconsin – Madison42.21159
28University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign42.21750
29University of California, Davis43.22175
30Georgetown University44.61275
31Georgia Institute of Technology45.22178
32University of Texas at Austin45.61987
33Rice University46.8995
34University of Florida50.02245
35Boston University53.21877
36University of Notre Dame53.41265
37University of Virginia55.426UR
38Emory University56.42066
39University of Minnesota60.62794
40Purdue University64.62779
41University of California, Santa Barbara65.42484
42Ohio State University66.43272
43Texas A&M University69.23279
44University of Maryland, College Park70.03493
45Tufts University70.62499
46University of California, Irvine71.23471
47Michigan State University71.83386
48Rutgers University82.834UR
49University of Rochester84.026143
50Indiana University86.652102

Top-20?

When you look at college rankings, you hear much about the Top-20 schools.

There is no Top-20.

Below is a tier ranking based on average scores. Public schools are in bold.

S Tier: Harvard, MIT, Stanford
A Tier: Princeton, Yale, Penn, Columbia
B Tier: Cornell, Johns Hopkins, CalTech, UC Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Northwestern, UCLA, Michigan
C Tier: Brown, UC San Diego, Washington, Vanderbilt, WashU, USC, CMU, Dartmouth, NYU, UNC, Wisconsin, UIUC, UC Davis, Georgetown, GA Tech, Texas, Rice, Florida, Boston, Notre Dame, Virginia, Emory
D Tier: Minnesota, Purdue, UC Santa Barbara, OSU, Texas A&M, Maryland, Tufts, UC Irvine, MSU

There is a Top-3, Top-7, and Top-16.

Then, 22 schools claim to be Top-20. Finally, nine universities round out the Top-47.

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