A Look Back at the Best National Colleges 2013

With the Best Coleges 2014 about to be released, here's a look back at the best of 2013

By Mary Patrick
Posted September 09, 2013 10:00 AM

2013 Best Colleges Rewind
2013 Best Colleges Rewind

With the Best Colleges 2014 about to be released by U.S. News and World Report, now is a good time to look back on last year's top schools. Many of these schools have occupied spots in the Top 10 Best Colleges for many years and are expected to be in or near the Top 10 next year.

The list is dominated by prestigious Ivy League schools in the Northeast as well as private schools on both the East and West coasts.

Here are the schools that made up the Top 10 in 2013.

Harvard University. No surprise here - Harvard continues to set the pace among the best of the best schools in America and, for that matter, the world. Founded in 1636, the private school has educated eight presidents, including current President Barack Obama, who earned his law degree there.

Princeton University. Located in New Jersey, this private institution is also frequently at or near the top of the "best of" lists. Founded in 1746, Princeton is an Ivy League school that requires undergraduates to write a senior thesis before graduating.

Yale University. Yale is located n New Haven, Conn. Yale divides its students into 12 houses, providing unique communities for students to study and socialize in.  The private, Ivy League school is known for many disciplines, but its drama department and music department are especially well known It also has a top-ranked law school.

Columbia University. Located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood just north of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Columbia University is a private, Ivy League school that was founded in 1754. It is divided into three undergraduate schools: Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of General Studies. The graduate schools include a law school, business school, teacher's college and college of physician's and surgeons.

University of Chicago. The first non-Ivy League school in the Top 10, the University of Chicago is a private school founded in 1892. Located in downtown Chicago, the university has a top-raned business school as well as a law school and school of medicine.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located with Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1861 across the Charles River from downtown Boston.  The school focuses on science and technological research and is ranked among the best in the world in these areas. The school also boasts the highly-ranked Sloan School of Management.

Stanford University. The first school from the West Coast to crack the Top 10 in 2013, Stanford University was founded in 1895 and is home to about 7,000 students. The main campus is about 30 miles outside San Francisco. The university offers graduate programs in education, medicine, engineering law and business.

Duke University. The first university located in the South to make the Top 10 in 2013, Duke is a private university founded in 1838.

University of Pennsylvania. Established in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania is a private institution in Philadelphia that was founded by Ben Franklin. Of the 12 schools at the university, eight offer only graduate studies. They include the Wharton School of Business, education, law school, engineering and medicine.
California Institute of Technology. Located in Pasadena - and made famous most recently as the workplace for the characters on the "Big Bang Theory" - the university was founded in 1891. The school focuses on science and technology and offers graduate studies in engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics.


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