The 15 Oldest Colleges in the US

The 15 Oldest Colleges in the US
Imed Bouchrika, Phd by Imed Bouchrika, Phd
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No doubt these U.S. colleges and universities are old. Even older than the country. A few of them were founded in the 17th century, while most were established a century hence. While Ivy League institutions are commonly regarded among the oldest (most established) universities in the country, there are several non-Ivy institutions that make it to the list of the oldest colleges in the U.S.

The general consensus is old universities enjoy a reputation of heritage and accomplishments. And it isn’t stretching one’s imagination. Many on our list do have their bragging points. In fact, Harvard University, which tops the list, needs no introduction. So do Yale, Princeton and Columbia.

In a way, this list of the oldest higher learning institutions in the U.S. is also a good reference for a wide range of reputable degrees. Be it a niche career on geography or the broad liberal arts career, whatever discipline you want to pursue is likely covered by these institutions.

That said, this article will take a closer look at the oldest colleges in the US, focusing not only on each one’s year of establishment but also on their location and historical background. Moreover, the discussion will include some of the notable graduates from each listed college. With this, students who have yet to select a college may get to know each institution better.

15 Oldest Colleges in the US

  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. College of William and Mary
  5. St. John’s College – Annapolis
  6. University of Delaware
  7. Moravian College
  8. Princeton University
  9. Columbia University
  10. Washington and Lee University
  11. Brown University
  12. Rutgers University
  13. Dartmouth College
  14. College of Charleston
  15. Salem College

The Competition Among College Institutions

Global university rankings have paved the way for open competition between nations and the higher education institutions (HEIs) themselves, which serve as global actors in their own right (Marginson & van der Wende, 2007). Furthermore, the rising cost of higher education also promotes competition, as each institution is inclined to prove how their programs make for good investments for the future. Unfortunately, colleges and universities that are not able to keep up with the race have been closing. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of higher education institutions in the country dropped to its lowest in 2018 since 1998 (VOA Student Union, 2019).

Many people fall under the impression that college is no longer important nowadays. This is one of the reasons why schools compete for the attention of students who still believe in the power of higher education. 

Oldest Universities in the U.S. With High Global Rankings

(By QS World University Rankings Global Overall Scores)

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Attracting students and maintaining high-performance rankings are just two of the challenges that higher education institutions face. Not meeting stringent standards and enrollment goals may make it difficult for a school to stay in business. This goes to show that institutions that remain operational may have been doing things right.

With this in mind, it’s no longer surprising why many high school graduates are aiming to get into some of the oldest colleges in the US. The fact that these institutions endured centuries while others have closed down can already say enough about their reputation and quality of education. Learn more about their rich histories below.

1. Harvard University

Harvard Hall - Harvard University

Year founded: 1636

Founder: Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Harvard University is among the eight schools in the Ivy League, an American collegiate athletic conference comprised of elite colleges known for their academic excellence and selectivity in admissions. Originally called New College, the oldest university in the US got its current name from the first benefactor, John Harvard, who bequeathed his entire library and half of his estate to the school upon his death. Although the school was established under church sponsorship, it was never formally affiliated with any religious body. Over the next two centuries since its establishment, it was gradually liberated from both church and government control. 

In 1865, the alumni first elected the governing board members. During his tenure as Harvard’s president from 1869 to 1909, Charles W. Eliot successfully established the university’s national influence (Brittanica, 2020).

Harvard College, Harvard’s undergraduate school, takes about a third of the institution’s total student body. The school’s core teaching staff is composed of the faculty of arts and sciences. Meanwhile, the institution’s professional schools, which have acquired world prestige unlike any other (Keller & Keller, 2001), consist of the schools of law, business, medicine, education, divinity, design, government, dental medicine, and public health.

Harvard’s age, as well as its quality, wealth, and overall prestige, can easily shield it from any conceivable challenges (Keller & Keller, 2001). After all, its alumni and faculty have long been closely associated with many aspects of American political and intellectual development.

Notable Graduates

  • Barack Obama – Graduated magna cum laude in 1991 with a Juris Doctor degree; 44th President of the United States.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson – Graduated in 1980 with a degree in physics; considered as the most famous astrophysicist in the world.
  • Jill Stein – Graduated magna cum laude in 1973 with degrees in anthropology, sociology, and psychology; physician, activist, and politician who served as the Green Party’s nominee for the U.S. presidency in 2012 and 2016.
  • Al Gore – Graduated cum laude in 1969; Former Vice President of the United States and known for environmental activism.
  • Steve Ballmer – Graduated in 1977 with a degree in economics and applied mathematics; former CEO of Microsoft.

QS Ranking (2020): #3 (Global), #1 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #7 (Global), #1 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $49,653

2. Yale University

Yale University

Year founded: 1701

Founder: Elihu Yale

Location: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Another Ivy League school, Yale University is a private institution originally chartered by the colonial legislature of Connecticut in Killingworth and other locations and was named Collegiate School. It was moved to New Haven in 1716 and renamed as Yale College in honor of its wealthy benefactor, Elihu Yale.

Yale’s initial curriculum highlighted classical studies. The school was originally founded to train ministers in sacred languages and theology, but it eventually included humanities and sciences in its curriculum in 1777. Yale was the first university to award a PhD in the United States.

In a new reading of The Yale Report of 1828, it was ascertained that the classical curriculum had to be reinvented in the 19th century, and Yale was proud to be at the forefront of this endeavor (Pak, 2008).

Notable graduates

  • Samuel Morse – Graduated 1810; invented the single-wire telegraph and co-invented the Morse Code.
  • George H.W. Bush – Graduated 1948; 41st President of the United States.
  • Sarah Hughes – Graduated 2009; popular Olympic figure skater.
  • Paul Krugman – Graduated 1974; an established economist and Nobel Prize Winner.
  • Fareed Zakaria – Graduated in 1986; CNN news anchor and writer for The Washington Post.

QS Ranking (2020): #17 (Global), #6 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #8 (Global), #3 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $55,500

3. University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Year founded: 1740

Founder: Benjamin Franklin

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Also an Ivy League school and commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn, the University of Pennsylvania is the first university to offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It was first called the Academy of Philadelphia before the College of Philadelphia was chartered in 1755. The name University of the State of Pennsylvania was adopted from 1751 until settling with the final name, University of Pennsylvania, in 1755. The University of Pennsylvania is also one of the first institutions to take a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and admit female students. It is also the first institution to have a medical school. UPenn became fully co-educational in 1974 when the College of Liberal Arts for Women was formally merged with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Notable graduates

  • Elon Musk – Graduated in 1997 with a degree in economics and physics; founder and chief designer of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla, Inc.
  • Chief Justice William J. Brennan Jr. – Graduated cum laude in 1928 with a degree in economics; 7th longest-serving justice in U.S. Supreme Court history.
  • Tory Burch – Graduated in 1988; renowned fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
  • Jennifer Egan – Graduated in 1985; novelist and short story writer who was honored at UPenn’s 78th Alumni Award of Merit Gala.

QS Ranking (2020): #16 (Global), #8 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #11 (Global), #4 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $57,770

4. College of William and Mary

Wren Building - College of William and Mary

Year founded: 1693

Founder: James Blair

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.

Named for the British co-monarchs King William III and Queen Mary II, the College of William and Mary was the first institution to introduce an honor code of conduct for students. It is also the oldest college in the American South.

As the second oldest college in the US, it has a remarkable staying power, primarily due to its ability to address societal changes. The most recent is its response to the demand for colleges to achieve comprehensive internationalization (Eddy, et.al., 2013).

Interestingly, even if Harvard University is the oldest college in the US, the College of William and Mary still uses a building that predates Harvard’s foundation. The College of William and Mary was also the first school to teach political economy (1784) and employ an elective system of study (1779).

Notable graduates

  • Ellen Stofan – Graduated in 1983 with a major in geology; NASA chief scientist and current director of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.
  • Beth Comstock – Graduated in 1982 with a major in biology; former vice-chairperson of General Electric and co-founder of Hulu.
  • Jon Stewart – Graduated in 1984 with a major in psychology; Emmy Award-winning comedian and satirist.
  • Glenn Close – Graduated in 1974 with a double major in theatre and anthropology; Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress.
  • Jill Ellis – Graduated in 1988 with a major in English; winningest U.S. Soccer coach, with back-to-back World Cups.

QS Ranking (2020): #651-700 (Global), #80 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #201-250 (Global), #79 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $17,434 (In-state), $40,089 (Out-of-state)

5. St. John’s College – Annapolis

St. John's College Annapolis

Year founded: 1696

Founder: The Episcopal Church

Location: Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.

Originally called King William’s School, it is Maryland’s first “free” school. This means that it was established to liberate students through education. It received its current name in 1784. It is composed of two campuses, one in Annapolis, Maryland and the other in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Although its name features a saint’s name, St John’s College has no religious affiliation. It is also known for its small class sizes, which allows its faculty to provide students with more personalized and focused attention.

Notable graduates

  • Francis Scott Key – Graduated in 1796; lyricist of the U.S. national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • James H. Frame – Graduated in 1950; a computer programming pioneer at IBM and former vice president of software at ITT.
  • Ahmet Ertegün – Graduated in 1944; founder of Atlantic Records.
  • Thomas Parran Jr. – Graduated 1911 (AB) and 1915 (AM); 6th Surgeon General of the United States

QS Ranking (2020): NA

THE Ranking (2020): NA

Average tuition fee (2020): $35,000

6. University of Delaware

University of Delaware

Year founded: 1743

Founder: Dr. Francis Alison

Location: Newark, Delaware, U.S.

The history of the University of Delaware when Francis Alison established a “Free School” in his New London, Pennsylvania home in 1743. During the early years, the school was operating under the support of the Philadelphia Synod of the Presbyterian Church. By 1765, the classes were held in Newark. Four years later, the Free School was chartered as the Academy of Newark. However, as Delaware was part of the Pennsylvania colony until 1776, the school was denied a charter to avoid competition with the University of Pennsylvania.

When Delaware was separated from Pennsylvania, the state moved to charter a college in 1833, the New Ark College. Its name was changed to Delaware College in 1843. Because of financial problems and the Civil War, it closed in 1859. It reopened in 1870. In 1941, the Women’s College started operating and by 1921, the University of Delaware was introduced to refer to both New Ark College and the Women’s College. Since then, the university has adopted a co-educational policy.

Notable graduates

  • Joe Biden – Graduated 1965; Vice President of the United States during the term of Barack Obama.
  • Joseph H. Harper – Graduated in 1922; World War II airborne office who later commanded the United States Army Infantry School
  • Daniel Nathans – Graduated in 1950 with a BS in chemistry; renowned microbiologist who won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his discovery of restriction enzymes.
  • Roger Alan Craig – Graduated in 2010 with a PhD in computer science; computer scientist who became known for becoming a Jeopardy! Champion where he held the record for highest single-day winnings.

QS Ranking (2020): #541-550 (Global), #111-120 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #251-300 (Global), #148 (US..)

Average tuition fee (2020): $6,365 (In-state), $17,080 (Out-of-state)

7. Moravian College

Moravian College

Year founded: 1742

Founder: Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Moravian College was the first college to provide education to women and Native Americans in their native language. It was originally called Bethlehem Female Seminary and was the first boarding school for women in the US

The institution was first chartered to grant bachelor’s degrees in 1863. In 1913, its name was changed to Moravian Seminary and College for Women. It eventually became co-educational in 1954 when the two genders merged.

The school gained popularity after George Washington himself personally petitioned the school’s headmaster to admit two of his great-nieces. 

Notable graduates

  • John Andretti – Graduated in 1985; race car driver for NASCAR, Indy car, and NHRA.
  • Andrew A. Humphreys – Graduated in 1822; one of the principal incorporators of the National Academy of Science.
  • James Montgomery Beck – Graduated in 1880; Solicitor General of the United States (1921–1925) and member of United States House of Representatives (1927–1934).
  • Janine Jagger – Graduated cum laude in 1972 with a degree in psychology; epidemiologist who was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 2002 and serves as the director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

QS Ranking (2020): NA

THE Ranking (2020): #285 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $47,052

8. Princeton University

Princeton University

Year founded: 1746

Founder: New Light Presbyterians

Location: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

An Ivy League institution, Princeton University’s history exemplifies the greatest paradox in American history: that liberty and slavery were closely intertwined. First called the College of New Jersey, the university’s campus became a battleground when George Washington fought the British forces in 1777 in the name of the country’s freedom. However, slavery was also a fundamental part of its academic landscape (Sandweiss, 2020). Ultimately, it was in the university’s Nassau Hall that Washington formally received the recognition and thanks of the Continental Congress for his success in the American Revolution.

The school adopted the name Princeton University in 1896. Its graduate school first opened in 1900. It began accepting female students in 1969. 

Notable graduates

  • Jeff Bezos – Graduated in 1986; founder of Amazon.com.
  • John Nash – Graduated in 1950; Nobel Prize in Economics winner, the inspiration behind the award-winning film A Beautiful Mind.
  • Michelle Obama – Graduated in 1985; First Lady of the United States, wife of President Barack Obama.
  • Eric Schmidt – Graduated in 1976; former CEO of Google.

QS Ranking (2020): #12 (Global), #9 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #6 (Global), #5 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $24,251

9. Columbia University

Columbia University

Year founded: 1754

Founder: George II of Great Britain

Location: New York City, New York, U.S.

Columbia College is the 10th of the oldest universities in the US. An Ivy League school, it was first chartered in 1754 as King’s College. It was renamed Columbia College in 1784 after the U.S. gained its independence. It is also the oldest higher education institution in the state of New York. Its alumni include five of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Columbia College was an undergraduate liberal arts school for men. In 1983, it started admitting female students. Aside from Columbia College, also under Columbia University are the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of General Studies) and the affiliated Barnard and Teachers colleges.

Columbia University administers the Pulitzer Prize. The university ranks well for its arts and humanities programs, as well as anatomy and physiology.

Notable graduates

  • J.D. Salinger – Attended a short story class in 1939; author, best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Warren Buffett – Graduated in 1951 with an MS in economics; renowned investor and business tycoon, and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
  • David Eppstein – Graduated in 1989 with a PhD in computer science; a computer scientist and mathematician known for his work in computational geometry, graph algorithms, and recreational mathematics.
  • John Stevens – Graduated in 1768; American lawyer, engineer, and inventor who built the first steam railroad and ferry, and responsible for first U.S. patent law.

QS Ranking (2020): #19 (Global), #5 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #16 (Global), #15 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $71,460

10. Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University (1)

Year founded: 1749

Founder: Scots-Irish Presbyterian

Location: Lexington, Virginia, U.S.

A private liberal arts university, the Washington and Lee University had its first major benefactor in the person of George Washington. He endowed the school with $20,000, which at the time was the biggest endowment to have been given to an educational institution in the country. 

Just like other schools from its era, Washington and Lee also went through several name changes before settling in the current one. It was once called the “Liberty Hall” during the American Revolution. Ultimately, it got its name from its first benefactor and General Robert E. Lee, the university’s president from 1865 until he died in 1870.

Washington and Lee has a student-run honor system. It also allows students to take exams unsupervised and buildings are open 24 hours a day. However, those who will be found cheating, stealing, or lying will be expelled. 

Notable graduates

  • Joseph L. Goldstein – Graduated in 1962; won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in cholesterol metabolism and discovery of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors.
  • H. F. Lenfest – Graduated in 1953; philanthropist and CEO of the Lenfest Group.
  • David Gardiner Tyler – Graduated in 1869; son of President John Tyler and then U.S. Representative
  • Mike Henry – Graduated in 1988; comedian, writer, and producer most known for his work in Family Guy.
  • Tom Wolfe – Graduated in 1951; writer most known for his association with New Journalism.

QS Ranking (2020): NA

THE Ranking (2020): #70 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $56,170

11. Brown University

Brown University

Year founded: 1764

Founder: Brown Brothers (Moses, Nicholas, Joseph, and John)

Location: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Next on the list is another Ivy League university. It was first chartered in 1764 as Rhode Island College and served as a Baptist institution for women in Warren, R.I. It was moved to Providence, R.I. in 1770. The school started using the name Brown University to honor its benefactor Nicholas Brown in 1804. 

Francis Wayland, who served as the university’s president from 1827 to 1855, was responsible for broadening the curriculum by adding modern languages and expanding elective offerings. The university became fully co-educational in 1971 when it merged with Pembroke College, which was first known as the Women’s College Adjunct to Brown University.

Brown University now consists of the undergraduate, graduate, and medical schools. It has an unconventional requirement for students who are about to graduate, requiring them to develop their own multidisciplinary study program, which may be based on one of the university’s over 70 academic concentrations.

Notable graduates

  • Aaron T. Beck – Graduated magna cum laude in 1942; known as the father of cognitive behavioral therapy who also founded the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Anthony Aguirre – Graduated in 1995 with a degree in mathematics and physics; a theoretical physicist and Buchalter Cosmology Prize winner.
  • Lee Eliot Berk – Graduated in 1964; then-president and namesake of the Berklee College of Music.
  • Stanley Falkow – Graduated in 1961 with a PhD; referred to as the father of molecular microbial pathogenesis and Lasker Award winner.
  • Lisa Gelobter – Graduated in 1991; computer scientist who developed several visual programs including Shockwave.

QS Ranking (2020): #60 (Global), #20 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #53 (Global), #7 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $29,627

12. Rutgers University

Rutgers University

Year founded: 1766

Founder: Ministers of the Dutch Reformed Church

Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, US

Although known today as Rutgers College, the school used to be called Queen’s College. It takes the reputation of having the most diversified and extensive research facilities in New Jersey. Rutgers University is also known as the birthplace of college football.

The university struggled to survive and stopped operating several times in the 1800s after the American Revolution ended. It adopted the name Rutgers College in 1825 to honor the philanthropist, Colonel Henry Rutgers. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, it became the state’s land-grant college. Rutgers assumed university status in 1924. 

Rutgers University has its main and biggest campus at New Brunswick and other smaller campuses at Camden and Newark. The main campus is home to the original Rutgers College, Douglas College, Cook College, and Livingston College. It also houses the colleges of pharmacy and engineering, as well as the graduate school for liberal arts, education, arts, and business. The Camden and Newark campuses each have several undergraduate and graduate departments.

Notable graduates

  • Greg Brown – Graduated 1982; president and co-CEO of Motorola.
  • Alvaro de Molina – Graduated in 1988; retired CFO of Bank of America.
  • Garret A. Hobart – Graduated in 1863; industrialist and former Vice President of the United States.
  • Ted Hines – Graduated in 1958 with a master’s in library science and in 1960 with a PhD; librarian and information scientist who pioneered computer information cataloging systems.

QS Ranking (2020): #268 (Global), #41 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #251 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $6,115 to $7,369.50 (In-state), $14,506 to 17,743 (Out-of-state)

13. Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

Year founded: 1769

Founder: Eleazar Wheelock

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.

As an Ivy League institution, Dartmouth College remains unique as it is the only one that still has the term “college” attached to its name. It is also the only institution in this list that didn’t previously come by any other name. 

Dartmouth College was established by Eleazar Wheelock with the goal of training Native Americans to become Christian missionaries. The institution was named in honor of William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, who served as president of the trustees that funded the school.

Despite being smaller than other Ivy League universities, Dartmouth is known for being a small yet innovative liberal arts college. It primarily focuses on undergraduate education and maintains small classes, to promote close student-teacher interactions. Dartmouth College is also commended for the quality of its professional schools. 

Notable graduates

  • Karl Barry Sharpless – Graduated in 1963; Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001 winner.
  • Owen Chamberlain – Graduated in 1941; Nobel Prize in Physics 1959 co-winner.
  • Michael Arad – Graduated in 1991; World Trade Center Memorial designer.
  • Bill Beutel – Graduated in 1953; first anchor of the show that became Good Morning America.
  • Steve Russell – Graduated in 1958; computer programmer who created the video game Spacewar!, making him a gaming pioneer.

QS Ranking (2020): #203 (Global), #37 (U.S.)

THE Ranking (2020): #94 (Global), #12 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $57,796

14. College of Charleston

College of Charleston

Year founded: 1770

Founder: Lord Shaftesbury

Location: Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.

Established in 1770 and chartered in 1785, the College of Charleston is the oldest higher education institution in South Carolina. It was first called Charleston College.

The city of Charleston took governance of the college in 1836, making it the first municipal college in the US. Up until 1928, it only admitted male students. In 1968, the college also started admitting African Americans.

The College of Charleston was heavily damaged by the American Civil War. It also survived an earthquake in 1886 and a hurricane in 1989. In 1970, the college became affiliated with the South Carolina State College System. 

The College of Charleston remained focused on undergraduate studies, while the University of Charleston, established in 1992, provided graduate programs.

Notable graduates

  • Ludwig Lewisohn – Graduated in 1901; a novelist and reputed literary critic who is also a founding professor of Brandeis University.
  • Catherine Mann – Graduated in 1985; a USA Today bestselling novelist who also won the RITA Award.
  • Nick Shalosky – Graduated in 2010; the first openly gay official elected in South Carolina.
  • John Charles Fremont – Graduated in 1836; known as “the Great Pathfinder” who explored the West between the 1830s and 1840s.

QS Ranking (2020): NA

THE Ranking (2020): #501-600 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $12,518 (In-state), $32,848 (Out-of-state)

15. Salem College

Salem College

Year founded: 1772

Founder: Moravians

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

Salem College prides itself on being the oldest liberal arts education institution for women in the US. Its history can be traced back to April 1772 when the Moravians of Salem established a school for girls. Sister Elisabeth Oesterlein served as the first teacher in the school, which was initially called Little Girls’ School.

In 1802, it became a boarding school and its name was changed to Salem Female Academy in 1866. The school started awarding college diplomas in 1890. In 1907, the school adopted the name Salem Academy and College. 

Though officially classified as a women’s college, the institution accepts men 23 years old and above into its continuing education and graduate programs. Salem College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 

Notable graduates

  • Sarah Childress Polk – Attended 1817; First Lady of the United States, wife of President James K. Polk.
  • Celia Weston – Unknown graduation year; American movie and stage actress.
  • Sarah Covington Fulcher – Unknown graduation year; an athlete who currently holds two world records and the first woman to have completed a 2700-mile run across Australia.

QS Ranking (2020): NA

THE Ranking (2020): #501-600 (U.S.)

Average tuition fee (2020): $31,016

Colleges in the US: Long History of Education and Freedom

All of these universities were established long before the U.S. was given its freedom in 1776. As such, these institutions were witnesses to how the country was shaped into the United States that we know today. They have withstood closures, mergers and takeovers that have had swept the higher learning sector over the centuries. These colleges also educated a lot of professionals and scholars who eventually made a difference in their respective fields. Anyone who can study in any of these schools can consider themselves privileged, as they can enjoy the chance of getting topnotch education that can help set them up for the future.

 

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