Unless you are an entrepreneur ninja, you're not likely to get anywhere without a college degree from a top college even though there are fewer jobs than ever available for graduates. With estimates that over the next decade more than 5 million students will depart college only to return home to live with their parents (most of them men), choosing the right college that will help you have a successful career is a critical step. The most recent college rankings of the top colleges from sources such as “Forbes Magazine” and “U.S. News and World Report” can give you an idea of what you’re up against.
Harvard University and Princeton University tied for the No. 1 spot on the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s U.S. National University Rankings list while Princeton made it to No.1 on the Forbes America’s Top Colleges list.
Harvard University. The oldest higher education institution in the country, Harvard University is a private Ivy League school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636 while the state was still a colony. Consistently ranked as a top American university, Harvard has the largest endowment of any school in the world and offers 11 graduate and professional colleges including the law school, medical school and business school, all of which have an awesome reputation.
Princeton University. Princeton University is another Ivy League private institution. Located in the in Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton is the fourth oldest university in the U.S. and the first to offer a “no loan” policy to financially disadvantaged students. The Princeton houses what are considered the most well-equipped research libraries in the U.S. to help students pursue their bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
Williams College. Williams College ranked No. 2 on Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list and No.1 on the U.S. News Liberal Arts College Rankings. Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Williams offers undergraduate programs in humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as graduate programs in economics and art history. Those students pursuing Art history are able to work directly with the Williams College Museum of Art. And being a liberal arts college, classes are traditionally small and focus on experiential learning techniques.
Stanford University. While Stanford University only ranked No. 6 on the U.S. News National University Rankings, it ranks No. 3 on Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, this 8,180-acre private institution was founded in 1885 and today stresses research and a multidisciplinary approach to learning. Stanford Graduate School of Business ranks top of the “Princeton Review’s” list of the “business schools that offer students the best career prospects.” Many students are also drawn to Stanford’s quarter-based academic calendar.
University of Chicago. Both U.S. News and Forbes rank University of Chicago No. 4, though it ties with Columbia University on the U.S. News list. Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park community, University of Chicago was founded in 1890 and offers a campus experience in a thriving urban setting seven miles south of downtown. Portions of campus incorporate a park created for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. As a top research institution, UC also houses the University of Chicago Medical Center, Fermilab, and Argonne National Laboratory.