While applying to an Ivy League college is a priority for high achievers, there are equally as great colleges you should consider applying to which are outside the Ivy League fraternity. Here are 5 top colleges you should consider applying to study at. Getting admitted to one of these top US colleges may even be better than an Ivy degree.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
City: Cambridge, MA
#1 by QS World University Rankings
#1 STEM College ( for science, technology, engineering, and math). Forbes 2016 -2017
Total price including (dining & accom) $65,478
2. Stanford University
City: Palo Alto, California
#2 QS World university Rankings
Located in Silicon Valley a short distance from Google, HP and Yahoo. 97% of undergraduates live on campus. 20 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community. Offers arguably the best MBA in the US.
3. Georgetown University
About: Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States. John Carroll’s founding of Georgetown College coincides with the birth of our nation.
City: Located in Washington, D.C.
4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
CITY: Pasadena, California
About: Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute. The Institute has one of the nation’s lowest student-to-faculty ratios, with 300 professorial faculty members offering a rigorous curriculum and access to varied learning opportunities and hands-on research
Student Size: 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students.
- Average need-based financial-aid package: $38,983
- #5 QS World University Rankings
5. Harvey Mudd College
City: Claremont, California. (Outside LA).
About: We’re one of the premier engineering, science and mathematics colleges in the United States. Mudd offers nine engineering, science and mathematics-based majors, all grounded in a solid core curriculum that includes a healthy dose of humanities and social science courses.
Number of students: about 800
- Tuition: $52,383
- Room and board: $17,051
- Financial Aid: About 75 percent of students receive financial aid
US news & world best colleges 17
- No. 1 – Most Innovative Schools
Princeton Review 16-17
- No. 1 – Best Career Placement
- No. 3 – Top 25 Colleges That Pay You Back for Students With No Demonstrated Need