Top 10 Universities
Top 10 Universities

Top 10 Universities in the the U.S.

Karin Lehnardt
By Karin Lehnardt, Senior Writer
Published July 12, 2019
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 
    Established: 1861 
    Motto: “Mind and Hand”
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    MIT was established two days before the beginning of the U.S. Civil War (peterspiro / Getty Images)

  • Stanford University 
    Stanford, California 
    Established: 1891 
    Motto: Die Luft der Freiheit Weht (The Wind of Freedom Blows)
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    The book and movie Legally Blonde is largely based on the author's experience at Stanford University

  • Harvard University
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 
    Established: 1636
    Motto: Veritas (Truth)
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    Harvard is older than calculus

  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
    Pasadena, California 
    Established: 1891
    Motto: "The Truth Shall Make You Free"
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    The mascot of Cal Tech is a beaver, a homage to one of nature's best engineers

  • University of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois
    Established: 1890
    Motto: Crescat scientia; vita excolatur (Let Knowledge Grow from More to More and So Be Human Life Enriched)
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    Mansueto Library not only has the capacity to house 3.5 million volumes, it also inspired the home of the Erudite branch in the movie Divergent.

  • Princeton University
    Princeton, New Jersey
    Established: 1746
    Motto: Dei Sub Numine Viget (Under God's Power She Flourishes)
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    Princeton University was the first to use the word "campus" (Juanmonino / Getty Images)

  • Cornell University
    Ithaca, New York
    Established: 1865
    Motto: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study." —Ezra Cornell
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    Dragon Day at Cornell is a tradition that dates back to over 100 years ago

  • Yale University
    New Haven, Connecticut
    Established: 1701
    Motto: Lux et veritas (Let There be Light)
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    Yale's secret society is known informally as "Bones," and members are known as "Bonesmen"

  • Columbia University
    Upper Manhattan, New York City
    Established: 1754
    Motto: In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen (In Thy Light Shall We See Light)

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    Yale's lion mascot inspired MGM Studio’s famous Leo the Lion

  • University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
    Established: 1740
    Motto: Lege sine moribus vanae (Laws Without Morals are Useless) 
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    Franklin's 1749 Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania was the basis for the founding of the University of Pennsylvania


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