A private university is an establishment of higher education independent of state or federal oversight. Private universities receive income from the fees they charge their students, endowments, and grants supplied by governments. Their ranks include many of the most prestigious universities in the USA. Various organizations use different criteria to rank universities annually, but the same institutions frequently appear in the top ten year after year.

Harvard University

Harvard University was founded in 1636 by the legislature of Massachusetts. It holds a reputation as one of the best universities in the world by virtue of its high standard of teaching and appears in most top ten lists of private US universities.

Harvard University

Massachusetts Hall

Cambridge, MA 02138



Yale University

Yale University was founded in 1701 by the Colony of Connecticut General Court. Its campus lies in New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

38 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511



Princeton University

Princeton University was founded in 1746 by New Light Presbytarians. As its name suggest, it lies in the town of Princeton, New Jersey.

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544



University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. It is located, as the name would suggest, in the state of Pennsylvania, in the city of Philadelphia.

University of Pennsylvania

3451 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104



Columbia University

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by Royal Charter from King George the Second of England. It stands in the middle of New York City.

Columbia University

2960 Broadway

New York, NY 10027-6902



Brown University

Brown University was founded in 1764 by, amongst others, Stephen Hopkins (1707 to 1785) a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. Brown University stands in Providence, Rhode Island.

Brown University

Office of College Admission

45 Prospect Street

Box 1876

Providence, RI 02912



Duke University

Duke University was founded in 1838 by Quakers and Methodists in the town of Durham, North Carolina.

Duke University

Durham, NC 27708



Stanford University

Stanford University was founded near San Francisco in 1891 by Leland Stanford (1824 to 1893), a businessman and politician.

Stanford University

Office of Undergraduate Admission

355 Galvez Street -- Montag Hall

Stanford, CA 94305-6106



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 by William Barton Rogers. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and consistently ranks in the upper echelons of academic institutions for research.


77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139-4307



California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech)--located in Pasadena, California--was founded in 1891 by Amos G. Throop.

Caltech Undergraduate Admissions

383 S. Hill Avenue MC 10-90

Pasadena, CA 91125-3405