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Top Universities in USA

March 2015

The United States has one of the world's finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. Students have the opportunity to work directly with some of the finest minds in their field of study, with the chance to become involved with exclusive research and educational opportunities. USA degrees are recognized throughout the world for their excellence.

Top US State Universities

Universities in USA Intakes

American universities usually have two intakes, namely fall and spring. A fall semester starts in September and ends in December, while the spring semester begins in January and ends in May. Very Few universities have summer or winter intake,

Universities in USA Entrance Exams

FOR UG: SAT /ACT, for English Proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS
FOR PG: GMAT for management level programs, GRE for technical fields or other fields, for English Proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS

Why Study in USA?

Variety of Educational Opportunities

The United States is home to several thousand colleges and universities. As a result, the higher education system in the U.S. has something for everyone. This means that no matter what you plan on studying, you will have a wide variety of programs in your particular field from which to choose.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Universities in USA pride themselves on being at the forefront of technology, research and techniques, and in making the best possible equipment and resources available to their students.

Opportunity for Research, Teaching and Training

You may be able to gain valuable experience through teaching and/or research while you help to finance your education in the USA particularly if you are a graduate student. Many graduate programs offer training and teaching opportunities that enable students to become teaching assistants to undergraduates and/or research assistants on special projects exploring different aspects of your field of study.
International students are some of the most valued teachers and researchers in U.S. universities because they bring new skills and ideas to the classroom and library or laboratory. This practical component of your education will prove useful in your future career, and may give you insights into your field that would not be possible through course study alone.


Although many programs are highly structured in that specific coursework requirements must be met, you will generally be able to find a wide variety of course choices to meet those requirements. For example, liberal arts coursework for an undergraduate program will include classes in languages and mathematics, but you will be given a wide variety of classes which fit those requirements, and the freedom to decide which classes best match your interests.

Global Education and Long-Term Career Prospects

Experience in an international setting is a marketable commodity. Many employers seek the wide range of knowledge, adaptability and experience that international students acquire by studying in the United States. Companies in the USA are increasingly seeking to become a strong presence in the global marketplace. They often look to hire employees who not only have multi-cultural language skills, but those who can also help communicate, negotiate and conduct business across different cultures.

Campus Life Experience

When you continue your study in USA, you are making a choice to broaden not only your educational opportunities, but your cultural experience, as well. Whether you attend a small, private college in a small town or a university situated in the middle of a large urban area, most universities offer a variety of student clubs and organizations to match the wide array of student interests. You can have the opportunity to immerse yourself in American culture, meeting new people and making new friends, through different organizations and associations.

Top Universities in USA

The top 8 schools of USA are the Ivy League

Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764 as "The College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Brown is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States

Brown's vibrant, diverse community consists of about 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries.

Undergraduates pursue bachelor's degrees in more than 70 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Anything's possible at Brown-the university's commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study.

Brown University has 51 doctoral programs and 28 master's programs. The broad scope of options varies from interdisciplinary opportunities in molecular pharmacology and physiology to a master's program in acting and directing through the Brown/Trinity Repertory Consortium.

Columbia University

Columbia University in the City of New York, or simply Columbia University, is an American private Ivy League research university located in Morningside Heights, in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States.

Cornell University

Cornell University is an American private Ivy League and federal land-grant research university located in Ithaca, New York. The university is broadly organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus, with each college and division defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy.


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Faculty and Staff, Fall 2013

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* Regular full-time and part-time professorial faculty members.
** Regular full-time and part-time non-professorial-faculty academic employees (instruction, research, extension, and library) and regular full-time and part-time nonacademic employees.

Student Enrolment, Fall 2013*

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* On-campus and off-campus registrants; includes participants in one-semester or two-semester study-abroad programs or other temporary off-campus activities, and participants in employee degree programs.

Student Gender, Ethnicity and Citizenship, Fall 2013*

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Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College, commonly referred to as Dartmouth, is a private Ivy League research university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. It consists of a liberal arts college, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools-the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

Harvard University

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636. Its history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units - ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees.


About 2,400 faculty members and more than 10,400 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals
Harvard College - About 6,700
Graduate and professional students - About 14,500
Total - About 21,000
Living Alumni
More than 323,000, over 271,000 in the U.S., nearly 52,000 in some 201 other countries.
47 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners
Veritas (Latin for "truth")
Real Estate Holdings
5,083 acres
Library Collection
The Harvard Library-the largest academic library in the world-includes 18.9 million volumes, 174,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 56 million archived web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts. Access to this rich collection is provided by nearly 1,000 library staff members who operate more than 70 separate library units.

Faculties, Schools, and an Institute
Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units - ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League, research university located in Philadelphia. Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and one of the nine original Colonial Colleges.

Students (Fall 2014)
Full-time: 21,441
Part-time: 3,365
Total: 24,806
Full-time Undergraduate: 10,406
Full-time Graduate/professional: 11,035
Undergraduate Admissions

Penn received 35,866 applications for admission to the Class of 2018. Of those applicants, 3,718, or 10.4 percent, were offered admission. Ninety-four percent of the students admitted for Fall 2014 came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The middle 50% of scores, as well as the median scores, on each of the three SAT components, are as follows:

SAT Reading component: 680 to 780, with a median of 730
SAT Math component: 700 to 790, with a median of 750
SAT Writing component: 700 to 790, with a median of 750
(Fall 2014) 2,425 students matriculated into this year's freshman class.
A total of 6,428 international students applied for admission to Penn's undergraduate schools for Fall 2013 and 429 (6.7 percent) received admissions offers. Twelve percent of the first year class is international students. Of the international students enrolled in the Class of 2018, 15 percent were from Africa and the Middle East, 43 percent from Asia, 3 percent from Australia and the Pacific, 15 percent from Canada and Mexico, 5 percent from Central and South America and the Caribbean and 20 percent from Europe. Penn had 4,567 international students enrolled at all levels in Fall 2013.

Princeton University

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the American colonies and thus one of the nine Colonial Colleges established before the American Revolution. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to the current site nine years later, where it was renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Established in 1746; Graduate School established in 1900
President: Christopher L. Eisgruber, 2013-present; 20th president
Private university, member of Ivy League athletic conference
Location: Princeton, N.J.
Size of main campus: 180 buildings on 500 acres
Residential college system with 98 percent of undergraduate students living on campus

Faculty, including full time, part time and visiting: 1,175 (spring 2014)
Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
Departments: 34
Interdisciplinary certificate programs: 47
Schools within the University: School of Architecture, School of Engineering and Applied
Science, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Library holdings: More than 14 million in 10 libraries

Student enrollment: 7,910 total; 5,244 undergraduate; 2,666 graduate (2013-14)
Undergraduate admission rate in 2014-15: 7.4 percent
Undergraduate students on financial aid: 60 percent
Average financial aid award for the Class of 2018: $44,700
International students make up 11 percent of undergraduates
American minorities make up 40 percent of the undergraduate student body

Yale University

Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the "Collegiate School" by a group of Congregationalist ministers and chartered by the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Yale University comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Approximately 11,250 students attend Yale.

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Popular courses in Top Universities in USA for UG and PG

Computer Science
Fine Arts
Information Technology
Physical Therapy
USA Student Visa process

It is interviewing based Process. Visa Fees is $160. It is an online application followed by 2 appointments
OFC for Biometric
Visa interview

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USA Scholarships

The different types of USA Scholarship and Assistantships are
Fellowship / Scholarship : This is usually offered on the student's ability, competence & performance.
Teaching / Research / Graduate Assistantship : These assistantships are basically awarded when a student works for a professor/ University Dept. Students who receive such aid do so in the form of assistantship i.e. cash stipend or a tuition fee waiver or reduced tuition fee.
Sports Scholarship : Though seldom offered to international students, athletic or sports scholarships are available in a wide range to outstanding and talented athletes.

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We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host USA University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 525 universities in 14 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

Start your Education in top universities with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad in USA, from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding a program and what student is really all about!

Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

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