William and Mary, often referred to as William & Mary or W&M, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and is one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. It was established by Royal Charter on December 18th 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. The college was founded by Sir Edward Coke a member of parliament at that time and Chief Justice who wanted to create an institution where people from all walks of life could receive an education.
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1 Williams College
Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams.
2 Wellesley College
Wellesley College is a private women’s liberal arts college located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. It is a member of the Five-College Consortium with nearby Babson College, Brandeis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mount Holyoke College.
3 University of California-Berkeley
The University of California-Berkeley has a ranking of #12 in the top 100 most prestigious colleges in America, and is ranked #1 in the top 100 most prestigious colleges in the world.
4 United States Military Academy
- United States Military Academy
- West Point, New York
- Founded in 1802, the United States Military Academy (USMA) is the only college in the United States that is a federal service academy. It’s also one of three U.S. Army officer training academies (the others being the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy). All other students attending USMA are either on scholarship or have applied and been accepted into a four-year program leading to an MBA degree from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. USMA requires applicants to pass a physical fitness test (PFT), which includes pull-ups and push-ups, as well as run 2 miles within 15 minutes 40 seconds or less. If you want to apply for admission into this school, make sure your application packet contains letters of recommendation from current officers who know you well enough so they can vouch for your character traits including honesty, integrity, leadership abilities etcetera.
5 Stanford University
Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley and ranking as one of the world’s top universities.
Stanford was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who died at age 15 the previous year. The institution opened in 1891 on Stanfords former Palo Alto farm. Despite being impacted by earthquakes in both 1906 and 1989, the campus was rebuilt each time. In 1919 Herbert Hoover was president of the university until his appointment as chairman of President Warren G. Harding’s administration; Hoover returned to his former post upon leaving office at the end of Harding’s term.
6 Pomona College
Pomona College is a private, liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, United States, adjacent to the city of Los Angeles. The college is one of the five founding members of the Claremont Colleges consortium (the others are Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College and Scripps College), which was established as a response to low admission rates at other nearby institutions.
The college has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,534 students with 48% coming from out-of-state and international students representing 74 countries. Pomona ranks #1 among all National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report for 2019 (and #3 overall). It is also ranked #1 among all national liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly’s College Guide (for 2020) due to its exemplary social mobility characteristics that help students from lower socio-economic backgrounds succeed academically despite their financial challenges; that same publication had previously ranked it third overall behind only Princeton University and Harvard University in 2017.
7 Princeton University
Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to Princeton in 1756 due to low enrollment.
Princeton offers undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, the sciences (including biomedical science), humanities, arts (including studio art and music), social sciences, and management at both its main campus through its School of Architecture & Environmental Design or at other facilities around Princeton Borough including Firestone Library (primary), Frist Campus Center (#038), McCarter Theatre Center (#041).
8 Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a private research university in Evanston, Illinois, United States, with campuses in Chicago and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern was founded by John Evans, for whom the city of Evanston is named. It was formally incorporated on January 28, 1851 by an act of the Illinois General Assembly as Evanston College—a name that would change to Northwestern University before gaining university status in 1902. The original campus was built on what is now known as North Campus; within two years additional buildings were constructed for science laboratories and classrooms to accommodate a growing student body. In 1869 the Board of Trustees voted to use 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land along Lake Michigan for a new campus site.
However the school has been located at several different sites over its history including:
- Lake Forest Academy (1857–1860)
- First building on Lake Street (1860–1869) – current home of the DePaul University College of Law
- Old Main Building (1869–1907) – current home to Leighton Hall
- New Main Building (1907–1952) – current home to Walter Athletics Center
9 Cornell University
Cornell University is a private Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York. Although it was founded as early as 1865, Cornell has only been consistently ranked in the top 100 since 1997. This is likely due to its reputation for being a science and engineering-focused school—despite having a liberal arts program with some of the highest rates of student satisfaction in the country.
The Association of American Universities (AAU) describes itself as “a unique coalition of 62 leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.” Cornell belongs to this prestigious group which includes Harvard University, Yale University and MIT among others.
10 Columbia University in the City of New York
In the United States, Columbia University is one of the top ranked universities. It is a private Ivy League research university located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States.
The school was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain and renamed Columbia University in 1896. The university has been ranked first among world universities for a number of times by these different rankings: Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018-2019), QS World University Rankings (2018-2019) and US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings (2018).
11 Brown University
Brown University is a private Ivy League research university located in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution.
Brown today is known for its undergraduate programs in biology, engineering, economics, computer science; international affairs; public policy; urban studies and planning; and neuroscience. The university has been recognized by Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges, Newsweek’s list of Top 100 U.S. Schools, Times Higher Education World University Rankings as well as many others. Brown was one of three colonial colleges chartered within Rhode Island, along with Trinity College (chartered 1663) and Yale University (1701).
12 Amherst College
Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts. It was chartered in 1821 by a group of Congregational ministers, led by James Pierpont and Theodore Dwight Weld. The school admitted its first students on October 14, 1825. In 2015 Amherst enrolled 1,848 undergraduate students and employed 200 faculty members.
The college’s alumni include Ulysses S Grant; former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor; American Revolution general Paul Revere; civil rights leader Robert F Kennedy; novelist John Knowles; naturalist John Muir (founder of the Sierra Club); Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling and current President Barack Obama.
Amherst has historically maintained an all-male student body because it was founded as an all-male institution. For the first half century after its founding Amherst did not accept female applicants because its trustees feared that coeducation would lead to sexual impropriety among male students living in dormitories together with women who were forbidden to marry before they had reached 21 years old. After several failed attempts at coeducational studies at other colleges, two professors from Amherst proposed opening a separate women’s college instead. In response Jane Merrill Hall, a graduate student at Vassar College who was then teaching English at Wellesley College, approached her friend Mary Woolley.
Woolley agreed to take charge of creating this new institution which became Radcliffe College in Cambridge MA
13 William and Mary is ranked #38 out of the top 100 most prestigious colleges in America.
William and Mary is the second oldest university in the United States. In 1693, William and Mary was chartered as a public university by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. As a public institution, it continues to receive funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia; however, it is not a state-owned school like many other schools in Virginia are considered to be (like University of Virginia).
William & Mary has been ranked #38 out of 100 most prestigious colleges in America according to U.S News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges rankings
William and Mary is ranked #38 out of the top 100 most prestigious colleges in America.