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Top Universities in US by Subject

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The US offers one of the widest selections of top universities in the world, and is very well-represented in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, with a US university appearing in each of the 48 subject ranking tables covered.

Read on to discover which US universities were ranked highest for these 48 subjects.

Read on for an overview of the highest-ranked universities in Germany for each of the 48 subjects covered in this year’s rankings.

Accounting & Finance

Harvard University is ranked both first in the US and in the world for accounting and finance, with 51 more US universities featured, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at second place and Stanford University at third.

Agriculture & Forestry

The US has 57 representatives in the agriculture ranking, led by the University of California, Davis at second place, with five more US institutions in the top 10, including Cornell University (ranked third).

Anatomy & Physiology

28 top universities in the US are featured in the global top 100 for anatomy this year, led by Columbia University in third place. Stanford University is close behind at fourth.

Anthropology

Harvard University is the leader of the US’ 31 entries in the anthropology ranking, ranked third this year. Three more are in the top 10, including University of California, Berkeley (UCB) at fifth.

Archaeology

Harvard University claims another top position for the US, this time for archaeology, for which it ranks fourth in the world. 47 more US universities are featured in the ranking, including University of California, Berkeley (UCB) at sixth.

Architecture

39 top universities in the US are found in the architecture ranking, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in first place. UCB and Harvard also boast top 10 positions at fifth and sixth respectively.

Art & Design

The best place to study art & design in the US in 2018 is the Parsons School of Design at The New School, ranked second in the world. Also in the top five are Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) at third place and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at fourth.

Biological Sciences

Harvard University is the world leader once again, this time for biological sciences. MIT closely follows at second in the world, while Stanford is fifth. After these three, there 121 more top universities in the US featured.

Business & Management Studies

If you want to study business in the US, there are 70 top US business schools to choose from, led again by Harvard University at first in the world.

Chemical Engineering

There’s no shortage of prestigious chemical engineering schools in the US either, with 74 featured. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world leader for this subject.

Chemistry

A whopping 107 US universities claim positions in the chemistry ranking, which is again led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at first in the world.

Civil & Structural Engineering

Of the 37 US representatives in the civil engineering ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is again the world leader.

Classics & Ancient History

The US claims 11 of the 50 positions in the inaugural classics & ancient history ranking, led by Harvard University at joint sixth.

Communication & Media Studies

63 US universities are ranked among the world’s best for this subject, with the University of Southern California the highest-ranked at second.

Computer Science & Information Systems

The US has 94 representatives in the computer science ranking, which sees Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) again rank first in the world.

Dentistry

University of Michigan

There are 12 US entrants ranked among the world’s top 50 for dentistry, with University of Michigan the country’s best entrant at third in the world.

Development Studies

Harvard University is the highest ranked of the US’ 23 top universities for development studies, coming second in the world.

Earth & Marine Sciences

It’s a similar story for Earth & Marine Sciences – Harvard University is ranked second in the world, with 54 more top US universities ranked for this subject.

Economics & Econometrics

There’s a clean sweep of US universities in the top six of the economics ranking, with Harvard University in first place. An impressive 86 US entrants are featured.

Education & Training

If you’d like to study education in the US, Harvard University is again the country’s best option, ranked second in the world. There are 84 more US institutions in the ranking.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the number one both in the US and the world for electrical engineering, and there are 68 more US electrical engineering schools in this year’s ranking.

English Language & Literature

Harvard University is the highest-ranked of the US’ 82 entrants in the English ranking this year, at third in the world.

Environmental Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is the world leader for environmental sciences, and 75 more US universities are featured in the ranking.

Geography

There are 35 top universities in the US in the geography ranking, with University of California, Berkeley (UCB) ranked fifth in the world and number one in the US.

History

Harvard University is the world leader once again, this time for history. 50 more US institutions are represented in this ranking.

Hospitality & Leisure Management

The University of Nevada - Las Vegas is the world leader in the hospitality ranking again this year, and 12 more US universities are featured.

Law

If you’re looking to study law in the US, Harvard University is the world leader, and there are 53 more top US law schools to choose from.

Library & Information Management

University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is ranked joint first in the world and is the highest-ranked of the US’ 17 entrants in the inaugural library & information management ranking. 

Linguistics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world leader for linguistics and there are 66 US entrants in total in this ranking.

Materials Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) again takes the top spot both in the US and the world, and the country has 70 more representatives in the materials science ranking.

Mathematics

Another bragging right for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as it’s also the world leader for mathematics. 76 US universities are included in this year’s mathematics ranking.

Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

Of the US’ 74 top mechanical engineering schools, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the highest ranked – again claiming first place.

Medicine

If you want to train as doctor in the US, Harvard University is home to the world’s number one medical school. There are 91 more top US universities in the medical school ranking this year.

Mineral & Mining Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines is the number one university in the world for mining engineering, and six more US mining schools are featured.

Modern Languages

Harvard University is the world leader in the modern languages ranking, and is joined by 48 US institutions.

Nursing

The University of Pennsylvania continues to be the world leader for this subject, and there are 100 more top US nursing schools featured.

Performing Arts

The Juilliard School is the number one performing arts school, and there are 28 more US institutions to choose from in this year’s ranking.

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Harvard University again boasts first place in this subject ranking, and is joined by 58 more top US universities for pharmacy.

Philosophy

University of Pittsburgh

There are 53 US representatives in the philosophy ranking, led by the University of Pittsburgh, which is also number one in the world for this subject.

Physics & Astronomy

If you want to study physics and astronomy in the US, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world leader, and there are 99 more US institutions to choose from.

Politics & International Studies

There are 45 US entrants in the politics ranking, with Harvard University again the world’s leading university.

Psychology

The US has 91 entrants in the psychology ranking, again led by Harvard University in first place.

Social Policy & Administration

Once again Harvard University is the world leader, with 28 more US universities joining it in this ranking.

Sociology

Harvard University also takes the lead for sociology, with University of California, Berkeley (UCB) close behind at second in the world. 60 more top universities in the US are featured.

Sports-related Subjects

Pennsylvania State University

If you want to study sports-related subjects in the US, the highest ranked of its 20 entrants is Pennsylvania State University at eighth.

Statistics & Operational Research

There are 54 US universities in the statistics ranking, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranked first in the world, while Harvard and Stanford are joint second.

Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies

The US has 27 entrants in this ranking, with Harvard University again the world leader. The next highest-ranked US institution is Boston College at sixth.

Veterinary Science

And finally, if you’d like to train as a vet in the US, it has 18 top veterinary schools to choose from. University of California, Davis is the world leader, closely followed by Cornell University in second place.

At a glance: top US universities

University

Amount of number one ranks for the US in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Harvard University

21

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

12

University of California, Davis

2

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

2

Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, Parsons School of Design at The New School, University of Southern California, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Colorado School of Mines

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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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