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5 Non Ivy Colleges To Apply

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.

  1. 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 2017

Undergraduate $48,452

Total price including (dining & accom) $65,478


      2. Stanford University Stanford

Est 1891

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 

Georgetown UniversityEst 1789

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.


Undergraduate: $49,968
Graduate: $46,272
MBA: $55,050
Law: $57,576
Medicine: $49,772

4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


EST 1891

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


Est 1955

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


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Top Ranked STEM University

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The top ranking STEM Colleges for 2016 has been released by Forbes, here are the top 8 colleges for science, technology, engineering, and math. Cornell is the only Ivy League to make the top 8 at number 3 position.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

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2. US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)

3. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

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4. Rice University (Houston, TX)

5. US Airforce Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)

6. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)

7. Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA)

8.Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburg,PA)

According to the average wage for STEM graduates is high, > $51,000. Graduates are in high demand from these top colleges.

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