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RANKED: America’s Top 500 Colleges And Universities For 2019; Who’s No. 1?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came out on top and Princeton University was second in a new study by WalletHub, which released its 2019 ranking of the best colleges and universities in America.

The study ranks the top-performing colleges and universities in the U.S. at the lowest possible costs. Call it Ivy League. Call it the great eight. Call it the elite eight. But, whatever you do, don’t downplay who’s No. 1.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is No. 1.

Princeton University was ranked as No. 2 on the list and Yale University claimed the No. 3 spot.

Other Ivy League universities also placed high — after Princeton and Yale, Harvard placed at No. 4 on the list, the University of Pennsylvania placed at No. 7, Columbia University placed at No. 8, Brown University placed at No. 13, Dartmouth College placed at No. 22, and Cornell University placed at No. 31.

The ranking was based on a survey of almost 1,000 institutions across the country, which looked at 30 metrics such as admission rate, costs, student-faculty ratio and more.

America’s Top 500 colleges and universities For 2019:

1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMA
2Princeton UniversityNJ
3Yale UniversityCT
4Harvard UniversityMA
5California Institute of TechnologyCA
6Duke UniversityNC
7University of PennsylvaniaPA
8Columbia UniversityNY
9Rice UniversityTX
10Stanford UniversityCA
11University of California--BerkeleyCA
12Vanderbilt UniversityTN
13Brown UniversityRI
14Williams CollegeMA
15University of California--Los AngelesCA
16University of ChicagoIL
17Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA
18Northwestern UniversityIL
19Pomona CollegeCA
20Johns Hopkins UniversityMD
21Amherst CollegeMA
22Dartmouth CollegeNH
23Harvey Mudd CollegeCA
24University of Notre DameIN
25Carnegie Mellon UniversityPA
26Washington University in St. LouisMO
27Georgetown UniversityDC
28University of Michigan--Ann ArborMI
29Swarthmore CollegePA
30University of VirginiaVA
31Cornell UniversityNY
32University of California--San DiegoCA
33University of North Carolina--Chapel HillNC
34Emory UniversityGA
35Claremont McKenna CollegeCA
36Wellesley CollegeMA
37University of Southern CaliforniaCA
38Case Western Reserve UniversityOH
39Northeastern UniversityMA
40University of California--IrvineCA
41Colby CollegeME
42Carleton CollegeMN
43Middlebury CollegeVT
44University of FloridaFL
45Tufts UniversityMA
46College of William and MaryVA
47University of California--Santa BarbaraCA
48Vassar CollegeNY
49University of Texas--AustinTX
50Grinnell CollegeIA
51Binghamton University--SUNYNY
52Colgate UniversityNY
53Barnard CollegeNY
54Washington and Lee UniversityVA
55Stevens Institute of TechnologyNJ
56University of RichmondVA
57Brigham Young University--ProvoUT
58Lehigh UniversityPA
59Boston CollegeMA
60University of California--DavisCA
61Lafayette CollegePA
62Macalester CollegeMN
63University of TulsaOK
64California Polytechnic State University--San Luis ObispoCA
65University of WashingtonWA
66Stony Brook University--SUNYNY
67University of GeorgiaGA
68Bryn Mawr CollegePA
69Illinois Institute of TechnologyIL
70Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNY
71Ohio State University--ColumbusOH
72Brandeis UniversityMA
73University of ConnecticutCT
74North Carolina State University--RaleighNC
75New York UniversityNY
76Davidson CollegeNC
77University of Wisconsin--MadisonWI
78Haverford CollegePA
78St. Olaf CollegeMN
80University of Minnesota--Twin CitiesMN
81University of Illinois--Urbana-ChampaignIL
82Tulane UniversityLA
83Villanova UniversityPA
84Clemson UniversitySC
85Trinity UniversityTX
86Boston UniversityMA
87California State University--Long BeachCA
88Oberlin CollegeOH
89Purdue University--West LafayetteIN
90University of California--Santa CruzCA
91Bucknell UniversityPA
92Kenyon CollegeOH
93Bentley UniversityMA
94Milwaukee School of EngineeringWI
95Rhodes CollegeTN
96George Washington UniversityDC
97Florida State UniversityFL
98American UniversityDC
99Scripps CollegeCA
100University of South FloridaFL
101Virginia Military InstituteVA
102Santa Clara UniversityCA
103Skidmore CollegeNY
104College of New JerseyNJ
105University of MiamiFL
106Pepperdine UniversityCA
107Truman State UniversityMO
108DePauw UniversityIN
109Occidental CollegeCA
110Centre CollegeKY
111Yeshiva UniversityNY
112College of WoosterOH
113University of Massachusetts--AmherstMA
114Whitman CollegeWA
115Michigan Technological UniversityMI
116Rochester Institute of TechnologyNY
117Texas A&M University--College StationTX
118University of California--RiversideCA
119Southern Methodist UniversityTX
120Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIL
121Syracuse UniversityNY
122Southwestern UniversityTX
123University at Buffalo--SUNYNY
124College of the OzarksMO
125University of DelawareDE
126University of San DiegoCA
127Union UniversityTN
128University of PittsburghPA
129Fordham UniversityNY
130Mississippi CollegeMS
131Wabash CollegeIN
132SUNY Polytechnic Institute--Albany/UticaNY
133Gonzaga UniversityWA
134Howard UniversityDC
135Reed CollegeOR
136New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNJ
137William Jewell CollegeMO
138University of DallasTX
139LeTourneau UniversityTX
140Missouri University of Science & TechnologyMO
141Drake UniversityIA
142University of Minnesota--MorrisMN
143Miami University--OxfordOH
144Alice Lloyd CollegeKY
145Baylor UniversityTX
146University of UtahUT
147University of Central FloridaFL
148Clarkson UniversityNY
149Loyola Marymount UniversityCA
150Augustana UniversitySD
151University of Maryland--Baltimore CountyMD
152San Diego State UniversityCA
153Coe CollegeIA
154Saint Louis UniversityMO
155St. Joseph's College New YorkNY
156William Carey UniversityMS
157Michigan State UniversityMI
158University of the PacificCA
159St. Mary's College of MarylandMD
160Wofford CollegeSC
161Wheaton CollegeIL
162Lewis UniversityIL
163SUNY College--OneontaNY
164Millsaps CollegeMS
165University of EvansvilleIN
166University of VermontVT
167Ohio Northern UniversityOH
168University of Texas--DallasTX
169University of Detroit MercyMI
170Bradley UniversityIL
171California State Polytechnic University--PomonaCA
172Cedarville UniversityOH
173Indiana University--BloomingtonIN
174Newman UniversityKS
175University of IowaIA
176Dominican UniversityIL
177California State University--FullertonCA
178University of St. FrancisIL
179Columbia International UniversitySC
180Saint Vincent CollegePA
181Presbyterian CollegeSC
182University of HoustonTX
183University of DenverCO
184Pennsylvania State University--University ParkPA
185University of Illinois--SpringfieldIL
186Simmons UniversityMA
187Appalachian State UniversityNC
188Ave Maria UniversityFL
189Texas Christian UniversityTX
190Webster UniversityMO
191Goshen CollegeIN
192Cottey CollegeMO
193Austin CollegeTX
194Walla Walla UniversityWA
195Eastern Mennonite UniversityVA
196Lawrence Technological UniversityMI
197University of West AlabamaAL
199Maryville CollegeTN
200Creighton UniversityNE
200University of Missouri--Kansas CityMO
202California State University--Los AngelesCA
203Florida International UniversityFL
204Pacific Lutheran UniversityWA
205Thomas Aquinas CollegeCA
206Hendrix CollegeAR
207Western Carolina UniversityNC
208University of California--MercedCA
209University of Massachusetts--LowellMA
210James Madison UniversityVA
211Rockhurst UniversityMO
212Mercer UniversityGA
213Caldwell UniversityNJ
214Kuyper CollegeMI
215Seattle UniversityWA
216Washington State UniversityWA
217University of TennesseeTN
218University of South CarolinaSC
219Calvin CollegeMI
220University of OklahomaOK
221University of St. MaryKS
222University of North Carolina--WilmingtonNC
223University of MissouriMO
224Le Moyne CollegeNY
225Chapman UniversityCA
226John Brown UniversityAR
228Luther CollegeIA
229Central CollegeIA
230Florida Southern CollegeFL
231Drexel UniversityPA
232Holy Names UniversityCA
233Fresno Pacific UniversityCA
234Azusa Pacific UniversityCA
235California State University--NorthridgeCA
236University at Albany--SUNYNY
237University of San FranciscoCA
238University of North FloridaFL
240University of Rhode IslandRI
241Messiah CollegePA
242Framingham State UniversityMA
243Manhattan CollegeNY
244Brescia UniversityKY
245University of Nebraska--LincolnNE
246Ball State UniversityIN
247Randolph-Macon CollegeVA
248University of Mount OliveNC
249York College of PennsylvaniaPA
250Albion CollegeMI
251University of DaytonOH
252Dallas Baptist UniversityTX
253Lipscomb UniversityTN
254Piedmont CollegeGA
255Butler UniversityIN
256Duquesne UniversityPA
257University of RedlandsCA
258Tennessee Technological UniversityTN
259College of St. BenedictMN
260Simpson CollegeIA
261San Jose State UniversityCA
262St. Mary's CollegeIN
263University of ScrantonPA
264Florida Institute of TechnologyFL
265College at Brockport--SUNYNY
266Arizona State University--TempeAZ
267Northwestern CollegeIA
268University of La VerneCA
269Hope CollegeMI
270Augsburg UniversityMN
271Salem CollegeNC
272Kettering UniversityMI
273Elon UniversityNC
274Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ
275Iowa State UniversityIA
276Berry CollegeGA
276North Park UniversityIL
278John Carroll UniversityOH
279Bridgewater CollegeVA
280Capital UniversityOH
281California Lutheran UniversityCA
282Oregon Institute of TechnologyOR
283Oklahoma Christian UniversityOK
284University of New MexicoNM
285Taylor UniversityIN
286Andrews UniversityMI
287Bryan CollegeTN
288Roberts Wesleyan CollegeNY
289Florida A&M UniversityFL
290George Mason UniversityVA
290University of MontevalloAL
292Harding UniversityAR
293Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityMD
294St. John Fisher CollegeNY
294New York Institute of TechnologyNY
296Louisiana Tech UniversityLA
298Spelman CollegeGA
299University of AlabamaAL
300Georgia College & State UniversityGA
301University of Mary WashingtonVA
302St. Mary's College of CaliforniaCA
303University of Alabama--HuntsvilleAL
304Olivet Nazarene UniversityIL
305Oklahoma Baptist UniversityOK
306St. John's UniversityMN
307Spalding UniversityKY
308Barton CollegeNC
309California State University--San MarcosCA
310Nova Southeastern UniversityFL
311Lycoming CollegePA
312University of Illinois--ChicagoIL
313Seton Hall UniversityNJ
314University of IdahoID
315Birmingham-Southern CollegeAL
316Pacific Union CollegeCA
317Lindenwood UniversityMO
318California State University--San BernardinoCA
319Eastern Michigan UniversityMI
320Asbury UniversityKY
321North Greenville UniversitySC
322Ripon CollegeWI
323College of Our Lady of the ElmsMA
324Eastern UniversityPA
324University of Texas--Rio Grande ValleyTX
326Biola UniversityCA
327Geneva CollegePA
328Ferris State UniversityMI
329Trevecca Nazarene UniversityTN
330The Master's University and SeminaryCA
331Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversityOH
332California State University--FresnoCA
333Corban UniversityOR
334Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCA
335Davis and Elkins CollegeWV
336Niagara UniversityNY
337Christopher Newport UniversityVA
338Rockford UniversityIL
339Texas A&M International UniversityTX
340Valparaiso UniversityIN
341University of Science and Arts of OklahomaOK
342Hanover CollegeIN
343Blackburn CollegeIL
344Marietta CollegeOH
345Canisius CollegeNY
346Wheeling Jesuit UniversityWV
347Hamline UniversityMN
348Auburn UniversityAL
349Texas Lutheran UniversityTX
350California State University--ChicoCA
351Doane UniversityNE
352Oglethorpe UniversityGA
353Samford UniversityAL
354Worcester State UniversityMA
355University of Louisiana--LafayetteLA
356Spring Hill CollegeAL
357St. Bonaventure UniversityNY
358Lakeland UniversityWI
359Otterbein UniversityOH
360Loyola University ChicagoIL
361Purchase College--SUNYNY
362University of CincinnatiOH
363Adelphi UniversityNY
364Loyola University New OrleansLA
365Marquette UniversityWI
366Molloy CollegeNY
367Greenville UniversityIL
368Bowie State UniversityMD
369Clarke UniversityIA
370MidAmerica Nazarene UniversityKS
371St. Francis CollegeNY
372Alma CollegeMI
373Oklahoma State UniversityOK
374Lincoln Memorial UniversityTN
375Mount St. Mary's UniversityMD
375Liberty UniversityVA
377Covenant CollegeGA
378Gardner-Webb UniversityNC
379Vanguard University of Southern CaliforniaCA
380Indiana Wesleyan UniversityIN
381St. Catherine UniversityMN
382Elizabethtown CollegePA
383University of ArkansasAR
384Western Washington UniversityWA
385Ashland UniversityOH
386York CollegeNE
387University of North Carolina--CharlotteNC
388McDaniel CollegeMD
389San Francisco State UniversityCA
390Thomas Jefferson UniversityPA
391Misericordia UniversityPA
392Oregon State UniversityOR
393Catawba CollegeNC
394SUNY--New PaltzNY
395Oklahoma City UniversityOK
396East Central UniversityOK
397Fitchburg State UniversityMA
398Minot State UniversityND
399Emerson CollegeMA
400St. Thomas UniversityFL
401University of North AlabamaAL
402Linfield CollegeOR
403Farmingdale State College--SUNYNY
404Texas Tech UniversityTX
405Middle Tennessee State UniversityTN
406Colorado State UniversityCO
407Young Harris CollegeGA
408McPherson CollegeKS
409Wartburg CollegeIA
410California State University--SacramentoCA
411Houghton CollegeNY
412Carroll CollegeMT
413College of St. ScholasticaMN
414University of Michigan--FlintMI
415University of Northern IowaIA
416Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityNE
417Cardinal Stritch UniversityWI
418Arcadia UniversityPA
419Georgetown CollegeKY
420University of Maryland--Eastern ShoreMD
421Xavier UniversityOH
422Springfield CollegeMA
423Trinity Christian CollegeIL
424University of North Carolina--AshevilleNC
425University of Minnesota--CrookstonMN
426Northern Illinois UniversityIL
427University of MaryND
428Ouachita Baptist UniversityAR
429Millikin UniversityIL
430Moravian CollegePA
431Flagler CollegeFL
432Grand Valley State UniversityMI
433West Virginia University Institute of TechnologyWV
434University of North Carolina--GreensboroNC
435Roanoke CollegeVA
436University of West FloridaFL
437Central Washington UniversityWA
438University of Louisiana--MonroeLA
439St. Xavier UniversityIL
440Sam Houston State UniversityTX
441Jacksonville State UniversityAL
442Gannon UniversityPA
443Anderson UniversityIN
444Hollins UniversityVA
445Bridgewater State UniversityMA
446Manchester UniversityIN
447Trine UniversityIN
448Carroll UniversityWI
449Cedar Crest CollegePA
450Minnesota State University--MoorheadMN
451Winona State UniversityMN
452Lyon CollegeAR
453Friends UniversityKS
454Avila UniversityMO
455Hampden-Sydney CollegeVA
456McKendree UniversityIL
457Westmont CollegeCA
458New Mexico State UniversityNM
459University of Colorado--BoulderCO
460West Virginia UniversityWV
461Woodbury UniversityCA
462University of TampaFL
463Arkansas State UniversityAR
464Eckerd CollegeFL
465University of CharlestonWV
466Central Michigan UniversityMI
467Coppin State UniversityMD
468St. John's UniversityNY
469Viterbo UniversityWI
470Elmhurst CollegeIL
471University of LynchburgVA
472Meredith CollegeNC
473The CitadelSC
474St. Norbert CollegeWI
475Georgia State UniversityGA
476Lake Superior State UniversityMI
477Edgewood CollegeWI
478Hampton UniversityVA
479Franklin CollegeIN
480Florida Atlantic UniversityFL
481Southwestern Assemblies of God UniversityTX
482Houston Baptist UniversityTX
483Marian UniversityIN
484Huntington UniversityIN
485Towson UniversityMD
486Emory and Henry CollegeVA
487University of Hawaii--ManoaHI
488Carthage CollegeWI
489Bethany Lutheran CollegeMN
490Alfred UniversityNY
491Mills CollegeCA
492Utah State UniversityUT
493University of Texas--ArlingtonTX
494Stevenson UniversityMD
495University of North TexasTX
496University of FindlayOH
497University of MississippiMS
498Judson UniversityIL
499University of Alaska--FairbanksAK
500Stockton UniversityNJ
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