University Rankings in the United State

Top Universities in the U.S.

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Located in Providence Rhode Island, Brown University has easy access to both Boston and New York City. The university is frequently considered the most liberal of the Ivies, and it is well known for its flexible curriculum in which students construct their own plan of study. Brown, like Dartmouth College, places more emphasis on undergraduate study than you'll find at research powerhouses like Columbia and Harvard.

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Cornell University Sage HallStrong students who love an urban environment should definitely consider Columbia University. The school's location in upper Manhattan sits right on a subway line, so students have easy access to all of New York City. Keep in mind that Columbia is a research institution, and only about a third of its 26, 000 students are undergraduates.

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Cornell has the largest undergraduate population of all the Ivies, and the university has strengths in a broad range of disciplines. You need to be willing to tolerate some cold winter days if you attend Cornell, but the location in Ithaca, New York, is beautiful. The hillside campus overlooks Lake Cayuga, and you'll find stunning gorges cutting through the campus.Baker Library and Tower at Dartmouth University The university also has the most complex administrative structure among the top universities since some of its programs are housed within a state-funded statutory unit.

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Hanover, New Hampshire, is the quintessential New England college town, and Dartmouth College surrounds the attractive town green. The college (really a university) is the smallest of the Ivies, yet it can still boast of the type of curricular breadth we find at the other schools on this list.Duke University The atmosphere, however, has more of a liberal arts college feeling than you'll find at any of the other top universities.

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Duke's stunning campus in Durham, North Carolina, features impressive Gothic revival architecture in the campus center, and extensive modern research facilities spreading out from the main campus. With an acceptance rate in the teens, it is also the most selective university in the South. Duke, along with nearby UNC Chapel Hill and NC State, make up the "research triangle, " an area purported to have the highest concentration of PhDs and MDs in the world.

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For better or worse, Harvard University almost always tops the rankings of national universities, and its endowment is by far the largest of any educational institution in the world. All of those resources bring some perks: students from families with modest incomes can attend for free, loan debt is rare, facilities are state of the art, and faculty are often world-renowned scholars and scientists. The university's location in Cambridge, Massachusetts, places it within an easy walk to other excellent schools such as MIT and Boston University.

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International rankings of the United States

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* A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine: Globalization Index 2005, ranked 4 out of 62 countries
* IMD International: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2005, ranked 1 out of 60 economies (countries and regions)
* The Wall Street Journal: 2005 Index of Economic Freedom, ranked 12 out of 155 countries
* The Economist: The World in 2005 - Worldwide quality-of-life index, 2005, ranked 13 out of 111 countries
* World Economic Forum: Global Competitiveness Report 2004-2005 - Growth Competitiveness Index Ranking, ranked 2 out of 104 countries
* OECD: Programme for International Student Assessment (2003 PISA[1]), Ranked 24th of 38 in mathematics, 19th of 38 in science, 12th of 38 in reading, and 26th of 38 in problem...

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The study determined the rankings based on “the laws that the states impose that regulate personal, private behavior.”
According to Napolitano the results of the study are mixed

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    What tier is the University of Texas Pan American considered? Would a finance degree be useful from this university?

    • I'm pretty sure UT-Pan American is either tier 3 at best, or not ranked. A finance degree from there would probably make it much more difficult to get a job on Wall St or a huge financial firm compared to UT-Austin or another top finance school, but I'm a firm believer that you get out of your education what you put into it, so if you go to UT-Pan American and get great grades, learn as much as you can, and network like crazy, I see no reason why you couldn't be extremely successful with a finance degree from UT-Pan American or anywhere else.