Top 10 Colleges 2019 (US)

Thinking about college can always be a stressful thing. Questions that typical arise are; What college do I go to? How am I going to pay for it? What am I going to major in? These are common concerns no matter who you are. Which they should be, I mean when you are spending tens of thousands of dollars you have every right to take it seriously. We hope to alleviate some of that stress by giving you our Top 10 Colleges in America for 2019. Check out the list below and let us know what you think in the comment section!

1. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Acceptance Rate – 6%
Total Enrollment ≈ 22,000
Tuition and Fees ≈ $50,ooo

Good ‘Ole Harvard. We all know that one person who would wear Harvard sweats just to look cool, because they didn’t go there; and maybe it worked. With around 20,600 geniuses in attendance, Harvard is known for being at the top of these lists, and many of those students wanted to go to the best school there is; Harvard. With tuition and fees, you or most likely your parents are going to be looking at spending around $50,000 a year, so take it seriously. Located outside of Boston in Cambridge Massachusetts, there is always something going on (if you can find the time for it that is). But be warned, the winters are horrible, so don’t under pack. If you are looking to apply to Harvard first make sure you have the grades for it. Harvard usually accepts high school students with a 4.04 GPA on the 4.0 scale. Seems impossible right? Well, thats Harvard.

Notable Alumni:
  • Barack/Michelle Obama
  • Helen Keller
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • T.S Eliot

2. Yale University

New Haven, CT
Acceptance Rate – 7%
Total Enrollment ≈ 13,000
Tuition and Fees ≈ $50,ooo

New Haven Connecticut has more to offer than just Wooster Square and pizza. There is also Yale University, which is currently home to around 13,000 students looking to get one hell of an education.  What some of you may not know is that Yale is actually well known for their music and drama programs. These programs actually reach outside of the classroom with student organization groups, such as their famous a cappella group; the Yale Whiffenpoofs. And if you have roughly $54,000 to spend every year then look no further than the 300 plus year old university that we call Yale.

Notable Alumni:
  • George H.W. Bush
  • George W. Bush
  • Bill/Hillary Clinton

3. Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Acceptance Rate – 5%
Total Enrollment ≈ 16,500
Tuition and Fees ≈ $50,ooo

This private institution was founded in 1885 and sits on a sprawling 8,180 acres in Stanford California. Tuition and fees sit just under $52,000 for the academic year; you didn’t expect the 3 spot to be cheap did you? Our personal favorite thing about Stanford is its location in the Bay Area, within driving distance to San Jose, San Fransisco or the beach. Stanford uses the quarter academic system which may be different to some students (4 academic periods of around 10 weeks). Popular programs at Stanford include; Engineering, Social Sciences, and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. With their 98% retention rate for freshman chances are if you go to Stanford you won’t be leaving any time soon.

Notable Alumni:
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Phil Knight

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, MA
Acceptance Rate – 8%
Total Enrollment ≈ 11,500
Tuition and Fees ≈ $52,ooo

MIT is located similar to that of Harvard, outside of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This institution focuses on scientific and technological research which is divided into five schools. Like most other colleges, freshman at MIT have to live on campus, which is more than likely a good thing with the amount of time needed to spend on academics. While MIT is most notable for their engineering and physical science programs, other areas such as political science, economics, and philosophy are also popular.

Notable Alumni:
  • Kofi Annan
  • Salman Khan
  • “Buzz” Aldrin
  • Andrea Wong
  • Benjamin Netanyahu

5. Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Acceptance Rate – 7%
Total Enrollment ≈ 8,200
Tuition and Fees ≈ $47,1oo

Located in the private town of Princeton, New Jersey, the Tigers are among the oldest colleges in the United States; joining a few others on our Top 10 list. Princeton is most notably known for their elite men and women’s lacrosse team, after that comes the academics. With popular programs in Engineering and Social Science, Princeton is known for having some of the best courses offered.

Notable Alumni:
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Steve Forbes
  • Lisa Najeeb Halaby
  • Jeff Bezos

6. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Acceptance Rate – 10%
Total Enrollment ≈ 21,900
Tuition and Fees ≈ $55,6oo

Located in the city of brotherly love (Philadelphia, PA), UPenn was founded in 1740 by the great Benjamin Franklin. This elite private school is extremely competitive to get in to, so if you get that acceptance letter, DO NOT pass it up. UPenn has an excellent Finance program along with Nursing and many others. In fact UPenn actually ranks first for Accounting/ Finance and Nursing.

Notable Alumni:
  • Elon Musk
  • Donald/Ivanka Trump
  • Steve Wynn

7. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA
Acceptance Rate – 9 %
Total Enrollment ≈ 2,300
Tuition and Fees ≈ $52,4oo

CalTech focuses on science and engineering, which are the main reasons many attending this institute. This west coast private research university is very selective in who they accept; as total enrollment shows. But don’t let this discourage you from applying. Cal Tech like many others is used to being ranked in the top colleges, and their post graduate success rate speaks for itself. Cal Tech is also home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is the leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system.

Notable Alumni:
  • Frank Borman
  • Qian Xuesen
  • Frank Capra

8. Brown University

Providence, RI
Acceptance Rate – 9%
Total Enrollment ≈ 10,100
Tuition and Fees ≈ $55,600

Founded 12 years before this nation declared its independence, Brown University makes its way to our 8 spot this year. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, this mid-sized institution is commonly known for having the best professors your money can buy. And we strongly believe that having a good professor can make or break your education. Brown also has a teacher to student ratio of 7:1, so you are sure to have all the help possible when needed.

Notable Alumni:
  • Emma Watson
  • Janet Yellen
  • Ted Turner
  • John D. Rockefeller

9. Duke University

Durham, NC
Acceptance Rate – 11%
Total Enrollment ≈ 16,300
Tuition and Fees ≈ $56,ooo

Founded in 1833, Duke University lands itself at our number 9 spot on the Top 10 Colleges in America for 2019. Although this is not unfamiliar territory and Duke is typically always on this list. Most people think about the Duke basketball program when talking about the college, and how could you resist talking about such a powerhouse NCAAB program, which is one of the top 5 most wins in college basketball. The team is lead by Coach K, but in 2019 it may be believed that they are lead by the trio of Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Tre Jones; among other superstars. But Duke is also well know for their academics, which is divided into 10 schools and colleges. Duke also offers highly reputable graduate programs such as Fuqua School of Business, Pratt School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Medicine, Sanford School of Public Policy and School of Nursing.

Notable Alumni:
  • Tim Cook
  • Richard Nixon
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad

10. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Acceptance Rate – 11%
Total Enrollment ≈ 6,500
Tuition and Fees ≈ $55,ooo

Just barely making our list for the final spot is Dartmouth College, founded in 1769. Sitting on a sprawling 237 acre lot, Dartmouth will certainly meet any prospecting students needs when it comes to stuff to do. Although Dartmouth may be the only university on this list that you are not too familiar with, it does have a reputable academic system that you will sure get your money out of; as long as you put forth the effort. One fun fact about Dartmouth is actually that a quarter of the student population participates in their Division I Varsity sports. You read that right, 25%. So if you’re an athlete then you might want to check out with university.

Notable Alumni:
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Nelson Rockefeller

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