Statistics - USA
RegionNorth America
CapitalWashington, D.C.
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
CurrencyUS Dollar
Population317 579,000
Students21 000,000
Foreigner students28.4%
Statistics - Education
Indicator
Popularity rating in the world1
Ranking of universities in the world1
Academic Reputation 1
Employer Reputation 1
Quality of teaching 1
International Faculty 2
International Students 1
Citations per Faculty 1
Statistics - Universities
Universities in top 100 37
Universities in top 200 59
Universities in top 500 109
Universities in top 1000 195
Universities in top 5000 1142
Cost of living in United States, USD/month
ExpensesMin.Med.
Accommodation $317 $424
Food $207 $362
Transportation $48 $132
Communications and utilities $79 $90
Clothing $15 $56
Sports and leisure $19 $73
Accommodation in United States, USD/month
Shared room outside of centre$317
Shared room in city centre$530
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre$730
1 bedroom apartment in city centre$973
United States of America ranks one of the leaders in the area of innovative education. It is the motherland to numerous scientific achievements and gains. The country can boast with one of the most advanced education system in the world.

America's top universities list

TitleCityBachelorMaster
11Harvard UniversityBoston43,938 $43,774 $
22Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Boston37,260 $43,210 $
33Stanford UniversitySanta Clara44,184 $44,184 $
54California Institute of TechnologyPasadena35,580 $41,790 $
75Princeton UniversityPrinceton41,820 $43,720 $
86University of ChicagoChicago48,253 $45,000 $
107Yale UniversityNew Haven45,800 $44,800 $
128Cornell UniversityIthaca45,358 $29,000 $
139University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley35,000 $27,000 $
1410Columbia UniversityNew York City46,846 $39,000 $
1611Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore47,060 $43,000 $
1712University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia47,668 $33,000 $
1813University of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles35,580 $15,000 $
1914University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor41,811 $39,000 $
2015University of California, San DiegoSan Diego36,180 $13,000 $
2216Northwestern UniversityEvanston47,251 $43,000 $
2317Duke UniversityDurham47,488 $43,000 $
2918University of Wisconsin - MadisonMadison26,660 $25,000 $
3019University of WashingtonWashington, D.C.48,760 $15,000 $
3120New York UniversityNew York City46,170 $39,000 $

Most Affordable Universities in America 2015

CostUniversityStateRanking
$6,187Delta State UniversityMS92
$6,224Minot State UniversityND106
$8,134Bemidji State UniversityMN99
$8,293Oklahoma Panhandle State UniversityOKRNP
$8,312West Texas A&M UniversityTX80
$8,894Mayville State UniversityNDRNP
$9,563Northern State UniversitySD47
$9,703Midwestern State UniversityTXRNP
$9,795South Dakota State UniversitySD18
$9,804Wayne State CollegeNE84

Why US universities

  • US education is the hallmark of innovative approaches in training; it is known for perfect technological infrastructure and is distinguished with the action-oriented training.
  • Education in America is one of the high-priced in the world with the credentials globally recognized.
  • US universities provide majors from various spheres in different cities and regions of the country. Universities of choice are selected based on both financial resources available and personal preferences. The country houses a world of high education facilities in its territory.
  • Equality of rights lies in the base of education system in USA meaning that foreign students have the same rights as the native students. Requirements are as high to them as to residents, though. Foreign students may compete with locally based graduates in the labor market and in scientific research volume upon coping with some particular problems.

Tertiary education in the US

Today, about 4 thousand tertiary education institutions are based in the country including colleges, universities and some number of institutes. Most of them are privately run. The system of higher education also proposes concentrations at high design schools, art schools, drama schools, school of music and ballet academies. Universities principally differ from colleges in that the latter provide no scientific researches while the students get either Associate or Bachelor degree upon two years of study. Universities offer curriculums to award with Bachelor, Master and Doctor degrees upon graduation. The education programmes aim at development of creative thinking and scientific potential in students. The education system also offers combination of study. So, students might choose to apply to study for the Master’s degree at the university upon graduation from the college with the Bachelor diploma. This is one of easiest and cheapest ways.
American universities come as government-based and private universities: in both cases the study is paid for students. The tuition at government-based universities and colleges is less expensive than that required by private ones. There is an exception to the rule, though. All universities and colleges allot a social scholarship to students to be calculated based on the students’ financial background. This amount allows reducing the tuition amount, accommodation and meal expenses. Moreover, there are lots of grants and scholarship programs assigned by various funds, government-based organizations and private funds.
As a rule, public or state universities are educational facilities known for the strong scientific and research base. They are designed for residents of particular states. Foreign students or students from other states will have to pay higher for the study. In total, the study at such universities is less expensive though the number of students is greater in some specific groups.
Private universities in America are believed to be top of the range. So are the Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University and more others that function on private funds. Nevertheless, there are listed public universities that are known for their global accomplishments. When it comes to education in USA, the university proprietary category goes by the wayside since aspects appreciated are graduates’ accomplishments and equipment structure of the education facility. And thus, applicants should take in mind more factors when choosing the university apart from prestige and rating of them, including campus infrastructure, class concepts, availability of clubs and communities, climate conditions and many others.

Infrastructure of US universities

The US can be proud to house one of the most splendid and comfortable student campuses in the world. They are mostly located in green zones or in the vicinity of parks and squares. Bus stops are always set at university campuses. The part of university buildings in America are listed buildings and places of tourist anchors.
All US universities are well equipped with scientific and research centers and laboratories. They counted to several hundred at some scientific universities. Apart from labs, universities are equipped with libraries, churches and sport sites. Educational facilities of a larger scale accommodate also own clinics, museums, galleries, workshops, concert halls, dance halls and performance scenes. The university campuses are located at vast terrain offering residencies and apartments to students including cafes and canteens.
WiFi is available at university campuses to access to internet and local networking. The university areas are almost always arranged with bicycle tracks.

Pattern of study at US universities

The university study is based on credit system to be rather flexible: students arrange their own time and chooses disciplines to study within an academic term. The credit usually consists of one academic hour per week within one term. The study course accounts for the certain amount of credits (unit). A minimum number of credit hours is usually set to study. The students are not regulated in the minimum amount of credits and choose subjects which might be beneficial to master the majors. As a rule, 120-130 credits are enough to get a Bachelor degree while the Master’s degree requires 30-45. Most American universities allow the option to study several areas of concentration at once.
US universities put high attention to independent tasks in terms of out-of-class and research works. Students do a lot with labs, libraries and research centers. One academic hour in class is preceded with several hours of work at labs, home or library.

Enrollment process and requirements

Most US universities do not require entry exams. Moreover, they do not require arrival to America to get enrolled. Every step might be completed remotely staying out of country. Upon admission and getting an invitation letter the interview is arranged at the embassy followed by student visa procedure and this is high time to get to America.
The article on USA Education can tell you more about enrollment process and requirements.
To get to know to personal experience of students enrolled to US universities please visit Bachelor programme or Master programme in USA.

Academic staff for US universities

USA holds the top positions in the area of scientific and research inventions; science in here is one of ultimate industries. About 350 scholars from America are Nobel Prize Laureates. This is high figure against those shown by other countries. US universities hold perfect scientific and technological base. Billions of dollars are invested in science. And this is why USA is the core place for most world scholars who are involved in science and teach at universities.
The academic staff at US tertiary education institutions was always ranked high. Their wage is high, too. US universities employ highly qualified experts who devote themselves to science. They are perfect lecturers who can easily and consistently represent complicated themes. They are leaders who can motivate students. Each lesson should be interesting. And thus, the academic staff at US universities shows creative thinking and sense of humor to make a lecture into an enthralling and interesting material.
People with Masters’ and Doctors’ degrees, Full Professors, various laureates comprise the US universities staff including some Nobel Prize laureates and Fields Medal Holders. They are all associated with science.

US university study peculiarities

The university academic year is made of semesters or trimesters. Exams are passed in the mid of semester or trimester and at the end of the year.
The lessons taught as workshops are designed to develop abilities to think, debate, argue and discuss in students. Common lectures when the lecturer reads the material is not practiced in USA. Seminars, debates and team work develop the ability of critical thinking.
One of specific features of study is that students get fundamental theoretical knowledge at tertiary education institutions to be further honed and consolidate in practice. Students do not feel isolated from reality.
The students of all universities, especially those with research aspects, are involved in research activity. Creativity and fresh thinking are highly appreciated in there. Case studies are widely used at faculties related to economics, business and sociology. The students are offered to cope with the actual economic or social problem really existing.

Student societies at US universities

Membership clubs are common at US universities. They are counted in hundreds at universities and colleges. As a rule, such clubs are initiated to join those who are keen on any kind of sports (golf, rugby, baseball, Frisbee), artistic performance, music and literature, cooking, cinema, art, foreign languages, photography, astronomy and others. US universities welcome societies of young politicians, speakers and those who can debate. There are clubs of those who are savvy in wine, anime, cactuses and so on. As a rule, student societies are publicly open. They are highly popular among foreign students.
Tertiary education institutions in USA are known to be multinational, as per various data, there are 700 to 900 thousand students from all corners of the world who study at US universities. The population of foreign students at some of them reaches 40-50% of the total students. Many foreign students choose USA as the study destination due to multinational environment since education at the university with students of various cultures gives the unique cultural experience. Foreigners are warmly welcomed in most US countries.

Perspectives for US university graduates

USA education promise good perspectives of employment both in US states and outside. The US credentials are highly demanded and acknowledged everywhere. The US university diploma is the guarantee of success in career or science.
Study in USA is associated with the economic situation whereas the study process is built based on labor market conjuncture. Thus, the American university graduates are always competitive. On the top of it, US universities are oriented to provide perspective jobs to graduates in the shortest period of time. The employment statistics is one of essential parameters for applicants.

Factsheets on US universities

  • 80% of all Nobel Prize laureates graduated from American universities.
  • The student capital of America is Boston, aka American Athens. Several dozens of universities are placed in Boston and whereabouts, including the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.
  • USA education is paid high attention, as per statistics, about four American families out of ten at the age of 40 pay monthly bank credits issued for education purposes.
  • The well-known Silicon Valley was created by Stanford University graduates. They became founders of such international companies as Google, Yahoo, Cisco, Sun Microsystems. The Valley is based nearby the Stanford University.
  • The literacy rate in USA is 99%.
  • Most expensive tertiary education institutions are located in the USA which are known for fantastic budget and investments. So, the endowment (specific capital) of the famous Harvard University made more than 30 thousand billion USD for 2014. This is too great amount even for most world countries, leaving apart universities. Thanks to the endowment, the US universities are perfectly equipped with technological facilities and enjoy the opportunity to attract gifted academic staff and students from various countries.

Pictures of US universities

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