The Top 25 Smartest Colleges and Universities in The United States
These 25 universities are the best of the best when it comes to higher education. On this year's list, you'll find a strong mix of colleges. From the hallowed institutions that rank perennially on these lists to the more modern universities proving they can excel, the students from these universities have shown that they are a cut above the rest.
15. Cornell University
The stunning Ivy League University in rural New York is among America's oldest and most hallowed institutions. Some of the famous alumni to study at this prestigious school include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, E.B. White, and none other than the beloved Bill Nye. You can join these famed alumni, if you are one of the 14% to be accepted by Cornell's rigorous selection process.
14. Brown University
While Brown's academics have never been in question, Brown University also provides among the best opportunities for extracurriculars for their students. With over 400 student organizations, it is easy for Brown students to pursue their passions and hobbies outside of the classroom. The students who make it past the 9% acceptance rate are in for a good time at Brown.
13. Northwestern University
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois comes in as the 13th best university in the country. Part of this can be attributed to its focus on small class sizes and a low student to faculty ratio. 77% of Northwestern's classes offered have class sizes of less than 20 students. The 7:1 student to faculty ratio also makes it among the best in the country. Graduates of Northwestern find themselves in the company of alumni like Stephen Colbert, Charlton Heston, Rod Blagojevich, Seth Meyers, Warren Beatty and thousands of other intellectuals.
12. Johns Hopkins University
The Baltimore school has long been regarded as one of America's top colleges. One of the smaller, more selective colleges in the country, JHU has an undergraduate population of just over 6,000. While one of the more expensive schools in the country, students who graduate from JHU have an average starting salary of over $61,000.
11. Dartmouth College
The smallest Ivy League college just misses out on the top ten smartest colleges. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth and its students get to live in one of the best college towns in the country. If you are lucky enough to have called Dartmouth home at any point in your life, consider yourself lucky. You are in good company with 9 Pulitzer Prize winners, 3 Nobel Prize winners, and countless other notable alumni. Dartmouth graduates also average the highest average starting salaries as well as the highest average income ten years after graduation.