A ranking from "Insiders College"
"Americas Top 10 Prestigious Schools"
The top 10 prestigious schools listed here admit only top-of-the-line students, the cream of the academic crop. Here's what to expect if you're smart enough - and have enough tuition money.
1. Stanford University
There are a half-dozen universities in the United States with de facto Ivy League status. Though not actually members of the vaunted Ivy League, these schools are recognized as equal in stature to Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, and other Ivies. without question, Stanford University is among this elite group.
2. Princeton University
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Princeton University is arguably the most undergraduate-friendly member of the Ivy League. Other institutions at a similar level of prestige often promote their powerful professional schools in business, law, and/or medicine.
3. Cooper Union
New York NY.
Welcome to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Every student at the "prestigious" Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art receives a full-tuition scholarship. The only catch is that students may only major in art, architecture, or engineering.
4. Harvard College
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Harvard College's "academic reputation" precedes it. Home to a distinguished faculty and phenomenal world-class research facilities, Students lucky and talented enough to gain admission has the opportunity to pursue virtually any academic interest under the tutelage of some of the finest minds ever.
5. Yale University
New Haven CT
Yale "is truly one of America's great schools," writes one college counselor. It's an assertion that's hard to debate. As a major national research center, Yale attracts many of the world's great scholars. But unlike other research institutes, Yale also devotes a lot of attention to undergraduates.
6. United States Air Force Academy
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"It's not at every college that you can learn how to fight, eat, and fly all on top of academics," but that's the United States Air Force Academy in a nutshell. Every student here receives a full scholarship that includes tuition, room and board, health care, and a monthly living allowance. Cadets also enjoy leadership training that "is second to none.
7. United States Military Academy
West Point, NY.
United States Military Academy at West Point
"West Point is unique in many ways: a military institution, a first-class university, and a national landmark all rolled into one," explains one cadet. "Our motto is ' duty, honor, country,' and sometimes duty looms much larger than the rest. Life is hard here, but its difficulty makes it fulfilling." The West Point approach--to cram as much activity into one day as humanly possible--is "very tough."
8. United States Naval Academy
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The U.S. Naval Academy offers a great education at a great price - it's free. Midshipmen have one of the "toughest academic programs around," yet the "outstanding" professors are "always willing and ready to help in every way possible." Classes are small and does full-time military and civilian faculty
9. Brown University
Brown’s famous “open curriculum,” which has no requirements outside of one’s major, Is “more rewarding for those students who know exactly what they wish to pursue academically.” Those lacking the “incredible maturity” it takes “to balance all your courses and choose the right ones” can languish if they’re used to rigid structure. The university, however, prides itself on “helping under grads achieve their utmost potential.”
10. Columbia University
New York, NY
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Columbia University holds one major trump card in its battle against Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, and the other members of the Ivy League: location. Students agree that, among CU's many assets, New York City is tops.