Which colleges and universities are the best? Is there a way to tell?
One can sieve through various colleges by checking them against their world rank, provided on the web freely. Since the ranks keep changing every -year owing to diversified metrics, there are usually some evergreen colleges like which generally do not see a substantive shift in terms of ranks are University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, London School oF Economics and Political Science.
Rankings are important, but should NOT be the sole parameter to choose a university. Stress on the program and department/school.
However your decision to join a particular college/university should be backed by their financial aid in terms of scholarships and waivers, the fact how easily it could boost careers, in terms of easy jobs, admissions acceptance- rate and the general goodwill created by the same institute through Alumni network.
While top ten of the world are
1. Harvard University:
The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.
Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and has an acceptance rate 6% which means you have more chances of winning the lottery – twice.
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):
The selection process at MIT is holistic and student centered: each application is evaluated within its unique context. No school, state, or regional quotas are applied; neither is preference given to those with alumni relations. Selection is based on outstanding academic achievement as well as a strong match between the applicant and the Institute, including: Alignment with MIT’s mission, Collaborative and cooperative spirit, Initiative and risk-taking, Hands-on creativity, Intensity, curiosity, and excitement, Balancing hard work with downtime.
The acceptance rate at MIT is about 9 %, which means you better score extraordinarily well on your Math in SATs.
3. California Institute of Technology (Caltech):
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science andEngineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.
Caltech’s 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, California, and has acceptance rate similar to that of MIT – 9%.
4. Stanford University, Palo Alto:
Stanford University is one of the world’s leading research universities. It is known for its entrepreneurial character, drawn from the legacy of its founders, Jane and Leland Stanford, and its relationship to Silicon Valley. Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to Engineering and the sciences. Stanford is located in California’s Bay Area, one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the nation.
Spread over a contiguous 8180 acres, Stanford prides itself for 2118 faculty members, out of which 21 are Nobel laureates.
With a 4:1 Student-Faculty ratio, the acceptance rate at Stanford is 6% – similar to Harvard.
5. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT):
IIT Delhi is situated at Hauz Khas in South Delhi, which is a landmark place in the colourful and chequered history of Delhi. Bounded by the Sri Aurobindo Marg on the east, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Complex on the west, the National Council of Educational Research and Training on the south, and the New Ring Road on the north, the Institute campus is flanked by Qutub Minar and the Hauz Khas monuments.
The campus of the Institute extends to an area of 320 acres, and has an acceptance rate of 2.5% through the Joint Entrance Examination(JEE).
6. Yale University:
To be accepted to study at Yale, interested applicants must apply directly to the school, college, or program where the degree will be awarded: Yale College for undergraduate degrees; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for doctoral programs and some master’s degrees; or one of the professional schools.
Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Approximately 11,250 students attend Yale, which has an acceptance rate of about 7%
7. Princeton University, New Jersey:
Recognized globally for academic excellence, Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning. Princeton provides an academic and social setting where students quickly can become active members of the campus community. From the first day of class to Commencement, the opportunities for personal growth are countless.
Today, more than 850 full-time faculty members, who are leaders in their respective disciplines, instruct Princeton’s approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students.
The acceptance rate at Princeton stands at around 7%
8. National Defense Academy(NDA):
Since it’s inception 64 years ago, National Defence Academy has steadily grown both in stature and in eminence. Training at the NDA will continue to provide academic and technological training of the highest quality in order to equip cadets with appropriate qualifications as a foundation for their service careers. Future wars will be driven byTechnology. To ensure that the Cadet passing out from NDA has the mind of a visionary and the quest of a researcher, the training focuses on the knowledge domain.
Close to 300,000 students give the entrance exam for NDA and only 365 are called in for final enrollment.
9. The Julliard School (Julliard), NYC:
The School was named for Augustus Juilliard, a wealthy textile merchant whose bequest was used to establish the Juilliard Graduate School in 1924. In 1926, it merged with the Institute for Musical Art to become the Juilliard School of Music. With the additions of a Dance Division in 1951 and Drama Division in 1968, the name was shortened to The Juilliard School.
Juilliard alumni have collectively won more than 105 Grammy Awards, 62 Tony Awards, 47 Emmy Awards, 26 Bessie Awards, 24 Academy Awards, 16 Pulitzer Prizes, and 12 National Medals for the Arts.
The acceptance rate at Julliard is 6.7%
10. Peking University, China:
Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as “Yan Yuan”（the garden of Yan）, is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (or 274 hectares).
The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country’s socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines.