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Top Universities in the US by State 2016/17

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Discover the top universities in the US in 2018 here.

There are 154 top universities in the US featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, far more than any other country in the world. Of these, 32 are in the global top 100, and five in the top 10. Read on to discover the top universities in the US by state this year, separated into tables for your viewing pleasure…

Alabama

Top universities in Alabama

University

International rank

Rank within the US

601-650 in the world

Joint 113th

701+ in the world

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Arizona

University

International rank

Rank within the US

222nd

53rd

223rd

54th

 

Top universities in Arkansas

University

International rank

Rank within the US

701+

Joint 129th

 

California

Top universities in California

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

2nd

2nd

5th

4th

28th

15th

31st

16th

40th

17th

Joint 85th

27th

118th

34th

136th

36th

156th

40th

271st

58th

296th

61st

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Colorado 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

170th

44th

Joint 386th

75th

Joint 374th

72nd

651-700

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Connecticut

University

International rank

Rank within the US

15th  

7th

421-430

Joint 84th

 

Top universities in Delaware

University

International rank

Rank within the US

411-420

Joint 82nd

 

Florida

Top universities in Florida

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 185th  .

46th

Joint 252nd

57th

431-440

Joint 86th

491-500

Joint 96th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Georgia

University

International rank

Rank within the US

71st   

25th

Joint 149th  

39th

431-440

Joint 86th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Hawaii

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 343rd

67th

 

Chicago

Top universities in Illinois

University

International rank

Rank within the US

10th   

5th

26th

14th

66th

23rd  

Joint 187th

47th  

401-410

79th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Indiana

University

International rank

Rank within the US

92nd

31st

Joint 203rd   

Joint 50th

Joint 291st

60th  

 

Top universities in Iowa

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 393rd

77th

421-430  

Joint 84th

 

Top universities in Kansas

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 373rd

71st

701+  

Joint 129th

 

Kentucky

Top universities in Kentucky

University

International rank

Rank within the US

501-550

Joint 98th

 

Top universities in Louisiana 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

501-550

Joint 98th

651-700   

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Maryland

University

International rank

Rank within the US

17th

9th  

Joint 131st    

35th

441-450

88th

 

Massachusetts

Top universities in Massachusetts 

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

1st

1st

3rd

3rd

89th

29th

238th

55th

251st

56th

Joint 299th

62nd

Joint 361st

Joint 68th

401-410

Joint 79th

471-480

94th

551-600

Joint 104th

601-650

Joint 113th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Michigan

University

International rank

Rank within the US

23rd

12th

Joint 160th

Joint 42nd

461-470

Joint 90th

501-550

Joint 98th

 

Top universities in Minnesota

University

International rank

Rank within the US

137th

37th

 

Mississippi

Top universities in Mississippi

University

International rank

Rank within the US

601-650

Joint 113th

 

Top universities in Missouri

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 106th

33rd

501-550

Joint 98th  

551-600

Joint 104th  

 

Top universities in Montana

University

International rank

Rank within the US

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Nebraska

University

International rank

Rank within the US

491-500

Joint 96th  

 

Top universities in New Hampshire

University

International rank

Rank within the US

158th  

41st

601-650

Joint 113th

 

Top universities in New Jersey

University

International rank

Rank within the US

11th

6th

301st

63rd

651-700

Joint 120th

651-700

Joint 120th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in New Mexico

University

International rank

Rank within the US

461-470

Joint 90th

 

New York City

Top universities in New York

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

16th

8th

20th

11th

Joint 46th

18th

194th

48th

Joint 310th

64th

Joint 330th

65th

342nd  

66th

Joint 390th

76th  

501-550

Joint 98th

551-600

Joint 104th

601-650

Joint 113th

601-650

Joint 113th

651-700

Joint 120th

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in North Carolina 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 24th

13th

78th

26th

277th

59th

401-410

Joint 79th

 

Ohio

Top universities in Ohio

University

International rank

Rank within the US

88th

28th

202nd

49th

551-600

Joint 104th

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Oklahoma

University

International rank

Rank within the US

461-470

Joint 90th

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Oregon

University

International rank

Rank within the US

451-460

89th  

551-600

Joint 104th  

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Top universities in Pennsylvania

University

International rank

Rank within the US

18th

10th

58th

21st

Joint 95th  

32nd  

145th

38th  

481-490

95th  

501-550

Joint 98th

651-700

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Rhode Island 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 49th

19th

 

Top universities in South Carolina

University

International rank

Rank within the US

551-600

Joint 104th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Tennessee

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 203rd

Joint 50th

461-470

Joint 90th

 

Dallas, Texas

Top universities in Texas

Find out more about studying in Texas with our state guide.

University

International rank

Rank within the US

67th

24th

90th .

30th

Joint 160th  

73rd 

Joint 380th

Joint 129th

601-650

Joint 113th

701+

Joint 129th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Utah

University

International rank

Rank within the US

411-420

Joint 82nd

651-700

Joint 120th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Vermont

University

International rank

Rank within the US

551-600

Joint 104th  

 

Top universities in Virginia

University

International rank

Rank within the US

172nd

45th

Joint 361st

Joint 68th

551-600 

Joint 104th

651-700

Joint 120th

651-700

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Washington

Not to be confused with Washington DC, below!

University

International rank

Rank within the US

59th

22nd

Joint 395th

78th  

 

Washington DC

Top universities in Washington DC

Although a federal district rather than a state, Washington DC is home to a number of the top universities in the US. Click here for more information.

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 214th

52nd  

Joint 363rd

70th  

384th   

74th  

551-600

Joint 104th

 

Top universities in Wisconsin

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Joint 53rd

20th

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Wyoming

University

International rank

Rank within the US

701+

Joint 129th

 

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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