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Top Universities in the US by State 2015/16

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This article is for the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 results. Click here to discover the top universities in the US in 2018.

A total of 154 top universities in the US are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, 10 more than last year and more than any other country in the world. Of this number, 30 are ranked within the top 100 universities worldwide, and five are placed within the top 10. Read on for a breakdown of top universities in the US, state by state.

Top universities in Alabama

  1. University of Alabama (ranked 601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US) 
  2. University of Auburn (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Alabama, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Arizona University of Arizona

  1. University of Arizona (joint 216th in the world; joint 53rd in the US)
  2. Arizona State University (joint 249th in the world; 55th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Arizona, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Arkansas

University of Arkansas (701+ in the world, joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Arkansas, visit our state guide >

Top universities in California

  1. Stanford University – (joint 3rd in the world; 3rd in the US) Stanford University
  2. California Institute of Technology (Caltech, 5th in the world; 4th in the US)
  3. University of California, Berkeley (UCB, 26th in the world; 12th in the US)
  4. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 27th in the world; 13th in the US)
  5. University of California, San Diego (UCSD, 44th in the world; 17th in the US)
  6. University of California, Davis (UCD, joint 85th in the world; 27th in the US)
  7. University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 129th in the world; 36th in the US)
  8. University of Southern California (130th in the world; 37th in the US)
  9. University of California, Irvine (UCI, 163rd in the world; 41st in the US)
  10. University of California, Riverside (UCR, joint 265th in the world; 58th in the US)
  11. University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC, joint 269th in the world; joint 59th in the US)
  12. San Diego State University (New this year – 701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US) 
  13. University of San Diego (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)
  14. University of San Francisco (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)
  15. University of the Pacific (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in California, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Colorado University of Colorado at Boulder

  1. University of Colorado at Boulder (175th in the world; 45th in the US)
  2. Colorado State University (411-420 in the world; 83rd in the US)
  3. University of Colorado, Denver (411 -420 in the world; 84th in the US)
  4. University of Denver (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Colorado, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Connecticut

Yale University

 

  1. Yale University (15th in the world; 7th in the US)
  2. University of Connecticut (390th in the world; 78th in the US) 

To find out more about studying in Connecticut, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Delaware

University of Delaware (421-430 in the world, 85th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Delaware, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Florida Florida State University

  1. University of Florida (180th in the world; 46th in the US)
  2. University of Miami (280th in the world; 61st in the US)
  3. Florida State University (401-410 in the world; 80th in the US)
  4. University of South Florida (501-550 in the world; joint 97th in the US)
  5. University of Central Florida (UCF, 701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Florida, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Georgia

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, 84th in the world; 26th in the US) Georgia Institute of Technology
  2. Emory University (165th in the world; 43rd in the US)
  3. University of Georgia (401-410 in the world; 81st in the US)
  4. Georgia State University (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Georgia, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Mā Noa (joint 327th in the world; joint 65th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Hawaii, visit our state guide > 

Top universities in Illinois

  1. University of Chicago (10th in the world; 5th in the US) University of Chicago
  2. Northwestern University (32nd in the world; 16th in the US)
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (59th in the world; 21st in the US)
  4. University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC, 185th in the world; 47th in the US)
  5. Illinois Institute of Technology (431-440 in the world; 86th in the US)
  6. Loyola University Chicago (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Illinois, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Indiana

  1. Purdue University (joint 89th in the world; 28th in the US) Purdue University
  2. University of Notre Dame (joint 195th in the world; 49th in the US)
  3. Indiana University Bloomington (joint 263rd in the world; 57th in the US)

 

To find out more about studying in Indiana, visit our state guide >

 

Top universities in Iowa

  1. University of Iowa (joint 312th in the world; 64th in the US)
  2. Iowa State University (joint 355th in the world; 70th in the US)

 

                   To find out more about studying in Iowa, visit our state guide >                 

 

Top universities in Kansas University of Kansas

  1. University of Kansas (393rd in the world; 79th in the US)
  2. Kansas State University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Kansas, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Kentucky

University of Kentucky (551-600 in the world; joint 110th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Kentucky, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Louisiana Tulane University

  1. Tulane University (491-500 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  1. Louisiana State University (LSU, 601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Louisiana, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Maryland

  1. Johns Hopkins University (16th in the world; 8th in the US)
  1. University of Maryland, College Park (joint 126th in the world; 35th in the US)
  2. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (431-440 in the world; 88th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Maryland, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Massachusetts MIT

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 1st in the world; 1st in the US) 
  1. Harvard University (2nd in the world; 2nd in the US)
  2. Boston University (91st in the world; 29th in the US)
  3. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (joint 243rd in the world; 54th in the US)
  4. Tufts University (252nd in the world; 56th in the US)
  5. Boston College (282nd in the world; 62nd in the US)
  6. Brandeis University (joint 381st in the world; 76th in the US)
  7. Northeastern University (365th in the world; 72nd in the US)
  8. Clark University (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  9.  University of Massachusetts, Boston (551-600 in the world, joint 110th in the US)
  10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (551-600 in the world; joint 110th in the US)
  11. Smith College (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Massachusetts, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Michigan

University of Michigan

  1. University of Michigan (joint 30th in the world; 15th in the US)
  2. Michigan State University (164th in the world; 42nd in the US)
  3. Wayne State University (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  4. Michigan Technological University (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Michigan, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Minnesota

University of Minnesota (123rd in the world; 34th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Minnesota, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Mississippi

University of Mississippi (551-600 in the world; joint 110th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Mississippi, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Missouri

  1. Washington University in St. Louis (joint 110th in the world; 33rd in the US) Washington University in St. Louis
  1. Missouri University of Science and Technology (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  2. University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou, 501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Missouri, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Montana

University of Montana, Missoula (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Montana, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Nebraska Top universities in Nebraska Lincoln

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (451-460 in the world; 91st in the US)

To find out more about studying in Nebraska, visit our state guide >

Top universities in New Hampshire

  1. Dartmouth College (158th in the world; 39th in the US)
  1. University of New Hampshire (601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US)

To find out more about studying in New Hampshire, visit our state guide >

Top universities in New Jersey Princeton University

  1. Princeton University (11th in the world; 6th in the US)
  1. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick (joint 269th in the world; joint 59th in the US)
  2. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark (601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US)
  3. Stevens Institute of Technology (601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US)
  4. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT, 701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in New Jersey, visit our state guide >

Top universities in New Mexico

University of New Mexico (431-440 in the world; 89th in the US)

To find out more about studying in New Mexico, visit our state guide >

Top universities in New York Cornell University

  1. Cornell University (17th in the world; 9th in the US)
  1. Columbia University (22nd in the world; 11th in the US)
  1. New York University (NYU, 53rd in the world; 19th in the US)
  2. University of Rochester (joint 190th in the world; 48th in the US)
  3. University at Buffalo SUNY (joint 338th in the world; joint 67th in the US)
  4. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (joint 348th in the world; 69th in the US)
  5. Stony Brook University (372nd in the world; 75th in the US)
  6. Yeshiva University (joint 384th in the world; 77th  in the US)
  7. City University of New York (461-470 in the world; 92nd in the US)
  8. Syracuse University (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  9. New School University (601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US)
  10. University at Albany SUNY (601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US) University of Albany
  11. Clarkson University (601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US)
  12. Binghamton University SUNY (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)
  13. Fordham University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in New York, visit our state guide >

Top universities in North Carolina 

  1. Duke University (29th in the world; 14th in the US)
  1. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (79th in the world; 25th in the US)
  2. North Carolina State University (joint 309th in the world; 63rd in the US)
  3. Wake Forest University (461-470 in the world; 93rd in the US)

To find out more about studying in North Carolina, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Ohio

  1. Ohio State University (99th in the world; 30th in the US) Ohio State University
  1. Case Western Reserve University (215th in the world; 51st in the US)
  2. University of Cincinnati (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  3. Kent State University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)
  4. Miami University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)
  5. Ohio University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Ohio, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Oklahoma

  1. University of Oklahoma (471-480 in the world; 94th in the US)
  1. Oklahoma State University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)
  2. University of Tulsa (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US) 

To find out more about studying in Oklahoma, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Oregon Oregon State University

  1. Oregon State University (431-440 in the world; 87th in the US) 
  1. University of Oregon (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Oregon, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Pennsylvania

  1. University of Pennsylvania (18th in the world; 10th in the US)
  1. Carnegie Mellon University (joint 62nd in the world; 22nd in the US)
  2. Pennsylvania State University (101st in the world; 31st in the US)
  3. University of Pittsburgh (joint 133rd in the world; 38th in the US)
  4. Drexel University (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  5. Lehigh University (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  6. Temple University (601-650 in the world; joint 115th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Pennsylvania, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Rhode Island Brown University

Brown University (49th in the world; 18th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Rhode Island, visit our state guide >

Top universities in South Carolina

  1. University of South Carolina (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  1. Clemson University (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)

To find out more about studying in South Carolina, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Tennessee

  1. Vanderbilt University (joint 216th in the world; joint 52nd in the US) Vanderbilt University
  1. University of Tennessee (451-460 in the world; 91st in the US)

To find out more about studying in Tennessee, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Texas

  1. University of Texas at Austin (77th in the world; 24th in the US)
  1. Rice University (106th in the world; 32nd in the US)
  2. Texas A&M University (159th in the world; 40th in the US)
  3. University of Texas at Dallas (401-410 in the world; 82nd in the US)
  4. University of Houston (501-550 in the world; joint 96th in the US)
  5. Southern Methodist University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)
  6. Baylor University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Texas, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Utah University of Utah

  1. University of Utah (joint 369th in the world; 73rd in the US)
  1. Brigham Young University (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)
  2. Utah State University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Utah, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Vermont

University of Vermont (551-600 in the world; joint 110th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Vermont, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Virginia University of Virginia

  1. University of Virginia (172nd in the world; 44th in the US)
  1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech, joint 338th in the world; joint 67th in the US)
  2. College of William & Mary (551-600 in the world; joint 110th in the US)
  3. George Mason University (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)
  4. Virginia Commonwealth University (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Virginia, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Washington

  1. University of Washington (65th in the world; 23rd in the US)
  1. Washington State University (joint 361st in the world; 71st in the US)

To find out more about studying in Washington, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Washington DC

Georgetown University

  1. Georgetown University (joint 213th in the world; 50th in the US) 
  1. George Washington University (joint 327th in the world; joint 65th in the US)
  2. American University (joint 373rd  in the world; 75th in the US)
  3. Howard University (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Washington DC, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Wisconsin

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison (54th in the world; 20th in the US)
  1. Marquette University (701+ in the world; joint 134th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Wisconsin, visit our state guide >

Top universities in Wyoming

University of Wyoming (651-700 in the world; joint 124th in the US)

To find out more about studying in Wyoming, visit our state guide >

 

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Written by Sabrina Collier
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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Hello,
At first, tank you for this cool post, but it seems there is a miss placement between universities from Michigan and Minnesota.
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