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Revealed: Top 50 Colleges In The United States, 2018

Just in case Harvard hasn’t earned enough distinctions, Newsweek adds one more to America’s preeminent institution, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university earns top billing as the number one college in the United States in its 2018 report. Located on 250 acres in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University, the 3-oldest institution of higher education in the United States ranked No. 2 on the list of top 50 colleges in the United States, followed by MIT, Princeton, and Stanford.

The researcher at American magazine looked at three separate university rankings to compile these rankings including information from the U.S. News National University Ranking, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, and Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges, all of which rate America’s universities slightly differently. Magazine combined data from all 3 sources to create a list of the top 50 colleges of the 5,000 or so across the country, as well as information about fees and post-graduation salaries.

Top 50 colleges the United States, 2018:

1. Harvard University, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $47,074
Salary after ten years: $91,200

2. Yale University, Connecticut
Tuition and fees: $49,480
Salary after ten years: $74,467

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $48,452
Salary after ten years: $91,667

4. Princeton University, New Jersey
Tuition and fees: $45,300
Salary after ten years: $77,833

5. Stanford University, California
Tuition and fees: $47,940
Salary after ten years: $84,200

6. Columbia University, New York
Tuition and fees: $49,973
Salary after ten years: $75,433

7. California Institute of Technology, California
Tuition and fees: $47,577
Salary after ten years: $75,333

8. Duke University, North Carolina
Tuition and fees: $51,265
Salary after ten years: $77,100

9. University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
Tuition and fees: $51,464
Salary after ten years: $80,100

10. Brown University, Rhode Island
Tuition and fees: $51,366
Salary after ten years: $60,833

11. Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Tuition and fees: $51,438
Salary after ten years: $68,300

12. University of Chicago, Illinois
Tuition and fees: $52,491
Salary after ten years: $64,100

13. Cornell University, New York
Tuition and fees: $50,953
Salary after ten years: $72,200

14. University of California, Los Angeles, California
Tuition and fees: $39,602
Salary after ten years: $59,167

15. Northwestern University, Illinois
Tuition and fees: $50,855
Salary after ten years: $64,800

16. Williams College, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $51,790
Salary after ten years: $55,467

17. Amherst College, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $52,476
Salary after ten years: $57,600

18. Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
Tuition and fees: $50,410
Salary after ten years: $68,300

19. Pomona College, California
Tuition and fees: $49,352
Salary after ten years: $53,533

20. Rice University, Texas
Tuition and fees: $43,918
Salary after ten years: $62,900

21. Georgetown University, District of Columbia
Tuition and fees: $50,547
Salary after ten years: $85,800

22. Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
Tuition and fees: $45,610
Salary after ten years: $62,033

23. University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Tuition and fees: $49,685
Salary after ten years: $70,367

24. University of Southern California, California
Tuition and fees: $52,283
Salary after ten years: $68,067

25. University of California, Berkeley, California
Tuition and fees: $40,191
Salary after ten years: $61,767

26. Washington University in St Louis, Missouri
Tuition and fees: $49,770
Salary after ten years: $63,800

27. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
Tuition and fees: $49,104
Salary after ten years: $50,133

28. University of Michigan, Michigan
Tuition and fees: $47,004
Salary after ten years: $58,467

29. Claremont McKenna College, California
Tuition and fees: $50,945
Salary after ten years: $68,333

30. Bowdoin College, Maine
Tuition and fees: $49,900
Salary after ten years: $56,267

31. Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
Tuition and fees: $52,310
Salary after ten years: $76,667

32. Tufts University, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $52,430
Salary after ten years: $66,433

33. Emory University, Georgia
Tuition and fees: $47,954
Salary after ten years: $59,967

34. Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $48,802
Salary after ten years: $57,767

35. Middlebury College, Vermont
Tuition and fees: $50,063
Salary after ten years: $54,700

36. Haverford College, Pennsylvania
Tuition and fees: $51,024
Salary after ten years: $56,167

37. New York University, New York
Tuition and fees: $49,062
Salary after ten years: $59,067

38. University of Virginia, Virginia
Tuition and fees: $45,997
Salary after ten years: $59,800

39. Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Tuition and fees: $50,612
Salary after ten years: $49,500

40. Carleton College, Minnesota
Tuition and fees: $50,874
Salary after ten years: $49,400

41. United States Military Academy, New York
Tuition and fees: n/a
Salary after ten years: n/a

42. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Tuition and fees: $33,916
Salary after ten years: $51,833

43. Colgate University, New York
Tuition and fees: $51,955
Salary after ten years: $61,033

44. Davidson College, North Carolina
Tuition and fees: $48,376
Salary after ten years: $54,967

45. Bates College, Maine
Tuition and fees: $50,310
Salary after ten years: $53,600

46. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Tuition and fees: $34,011
Salary after ten years: $56,933

47. Wake Forest University, North Carolina
Tuition and fees: $49,308
Salary after ten years: $60,333

48. Northeastern University, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $47,653
Salary after ten years: $61,933

49. Washington and Lee University, Virginia
Tuition and fees: $48,267
Salary after ten years: $74,267

50. Boston College, Massachusetts
Tuition and fees: $51,296
Salary after ten years: $67,900


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