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Top Universities in the US by State 2016/17

By Sabrina Collier

Updated January 26, 2018 Updated January 26, 2018

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

University of Alabama

601-650 in the world

Joint 113th

University of Auburn

701+ in the world

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Arizona

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Arizona 

222nd

53rd

Arizona State University

223rd

54th

 

Top universities in Arkansas

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Arkansas

701+

Joint 129th

 

California

Top universities in California

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

Stanford University

2nd

2nd

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

5th

4th

University of California, Berkeley 

28th

15th

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

31st

16th

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

40th

17th

University of California, Davis (UCD) 

Joint 85th

27th

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

118th

34th

University of Southern California 

136th

36th

University of California, Irvine (UCI)

156th

40th

University of California, Riverside (UCR) 

271st

58th

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

296th

61st

San Diego State University 

701+

Joint 129th

University of San Diego 

701+

Joint 129th

University of San Francisco 

701+

Joint 129th

University of the Pacific

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Colorado 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Colorado at Boulder 

170th

44th

Colorado State University 

Joint 386th

75th

University of Colorado, Denver

Joint 374th

72nd

University of Denver 

651-700

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Connecticut

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Yale University

15th  

7th

University of Connecticut 

421-430

Joint 84th

 

Top universities in Delaware

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Delaware

411-420

Joint 82nd

 

Florida

Top universities in Florida

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Florida

Joint 185th  .

46th

University of Miami

Joint 252nd

57th

Florida State University 

431-440

Joint 86th

University of South Florida 

491-500

Joint 96th

University of Central Florida

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Georgia

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

71st   

25th

Emory University

Joint 149th  

39th

University of Georgia

431-440

Joint 86th

Georgia State University 

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Hawaii

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Hawaii at Mā Noa 

Joint 343rd

67th

 

Chicago

Top universities in Illinois

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Chicago 

10th   

5th

Northwestern University

26th

14th

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

66th

23rd  

University of Illinois, Chicago

Joint 187th

47th  

Illinois Institute of Technology

401-410

79th

Loyola University Chicago

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Indiana

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Purdue University

92nd

31st

University of Notre Dame

Joint 203rd   

Joint 50th

Indiana University Bloomington

Joint 291st

60th  

 

Top universities in Iowa

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Iowa 

Joint 393rd

77th

Iowa State University

421-430  

Joint 84th

 

Top universities in Kansas

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Kansas 

Joint 373rd

71st

Kansas State University

701+  

Joint 129th

 

Kentucky

Top universities in Kentucky

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Kentucky

501-550

Joint 98th

 

Top universities in Louisiana 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Tulane University

501-550

Joint 98th

Louisiana State University

651-700   

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Maryland

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Johns Hopkins University

17th

9th  

University of Maryland, College Park

Joint 131st    

35th

University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

441-450

88th

 

Massachusetts

Top universities in Massachusetts 

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1st

1st

Harvard University 

3rd

3rd

Boston University

89th

29th

Tufts University 

238th

55th

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

251st

56th

Boston College

Joint 299th

62nd

Northeastern University

Joint 361st

Joint 68th

Brandeis University

401-410

Joint 79th

Clark University 

471-480

94th

University of Massachusetts, Boston

551-600

Joint 104th

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

601-650

Joint 113th

Smith College 

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Michigan

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Michigan

23rd

12th

Michigan State University

Joint 160th

Joint 42nd

Wayne State University

461-470

Joint 90th

Michigan Technological University 

501-550

Joint 98th

 

Top universities in Minnesota

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Minnesota 

137th

37th

 

Mississippi

Top universities in Mississippi

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Mississippi 

601-650

Joint 113th

 

Top universities in Missouri

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Washington University in St. Louis

Joint 106th

33rd

Missouri University of Science and Technology

501-550

Joint 98th  

University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou)

551-600

Joint 104th  

 

Top universities in Montana

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Montana, Missoula

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Nebraska

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

491-500

Joint 96th  

 

Top universities in New Hampshire

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Dartmouth College 

158th  

41st

University of New Hampshire

601-650

Joint 113th

 

Top universities in New Jersey

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Princeton University 

11th

6th

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick 

301st

63rd

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark

651-700

Joint 120th

Stevens Institute of Technology

651-700

Joint 120th

New Jersey Institute of Technology

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in New Mexico

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of New Mexico

461-470

Joint 90th

 

New York City

Top universities in New York

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University

International rank

Rank within the US

Cornell University 

16th

8th

Columbia University 

20th

11th

New York University (NYU)

Joint 46th

18th

University of Rochester

194th

48th

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Joint 310th

64th

Yeshiva University

Joint 330th

65th

University at Buffalo SUNY

342nd  

66th

Stony Brook University 

Joint 390th

76th  

City University of New York

501-550

Joint 98th

Syracuse University

551-600

Joint 104th

New School University 

601-650

Joint 113th

Clarkson University

601-650

Joint 113th

University at Albany SUNY

651-700

Joint 120th

Binghamton University SUNY

701+

Joint 129th

Fordham University 

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in North Carolina 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Duke University

Joint 24th

13th

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

78th

26th

North Carolina State University

277th

59th

Wake Forest University 

401-410

Joint 79th

 

Ohio

Top universities in Ohio

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Ohio State University 

88th

28th

Case Western Reserve University

202nd

49th

University of Cincinnati

551-600

Joint 104th

Kent State University 

701+

Joint 129th

Miami University 

701+

Joint 129th

Ohio University

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Oklahoma

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Oklahoma

461-470

Joint 90th

Oklahoma State University

701+

Joint 129th

University of Tulsa

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Oregon

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Oregon State University 

451-460

89th  

University of Oregon

551-600

Joint 104th  

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Top universities in Pennsylvania

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Pennsylvania

18th

10th

Carnegie Mellon University

58th

21st

Pennsylvania State University

Joint 95th  

32nd  

University of Pittsburgh 

145th

38th  

Lehigh University 

481-490

95th  

Drexel University

501-550

Joint 98th

Temple University

651-700

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Rhode Island 

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Brown University 

Joint 49th

19th

 

Top universities in South Carolina

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of South Carolina

551-600

Joint 104th

Clemson University 

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Tennessee

University

International rank

Rank within the US

Vanderbilt University

Joint 203rd

Joint 50th

University of Tennessee  

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

University of Texas at Austin

67th

24th

Rice University

90th .

30th

Texas A&M University 

Joint 160th  

73rd 

University of Texas at Dallas

Joint 380th

Joint 129th

University of Houston 

601-650

Joint 113th

Baylor University

701+

Joint 129th

Southern Methodist University

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Utah

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Utah

411-420

Joint 82nd

Brigham Young University 

651-700

Joint 120th

Utah State University

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Vermont

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Vermont

551-600

Joint 104th  

 

Top universities in Virginia

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Virginia

172nd

45th

Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech)

Joint 361st

Joint 68th

College of William & Mary

551-600 

Joint 104th

George Mason University

651-700

Joint 120th

Virginia Commonwealth University 

651-700

Joint 120th

 

Top universities in Washington

Not to be confused with Washington DC, below!

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Washington

59th

22nd

Washington State University 

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

Georgetown University

Joint 214th

52nd  

George Washington University

Joint 363rd

70th  

American University

384th   

74th  

Howard University

551-600

Joint 104th

 

Top universities in Wisconsin

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Joint 53rd

20th

Marquette University 

701+

Joint 129th

 

Top universities in Wyoming

University

International rank

Rank within the US

University of Wyoming

701+

Joint 129th

 

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to 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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