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Best U.S. Universities Map Quiz

Can you name the best universities in the United States?
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Quiz by geographynerd
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Last updated: October 7, 2023
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First submittedMay 14, 2021
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Rank
School
1
Princeton
2
MIT
3 (tie)
Harvard
Stanford
5
Yale
6
Penn
7 (tie)
Cal Tech
Duke
9 (tie)
Brown
Johns Hopkins
Northwestern
12 (tie)
Columbia
Cornell
Chicago
15 (tie)
California-Berkeley
UCLA
17
Rice
18 (tie)
Dartmouth
Vanderbilt
20
Notre Dame
21
Michigan
22 (tie)
Georgetown
North Carolina
24 (tie)
Carnegie Mellon
Emory
Virginia
Rank
School
24 (tie)
Washington (St. Louis)
28 (tie)
UC Davis
UC San Diego
Florida
USC
32
Texas
33 (tie)
Georgia Tech
UC Irvine
35 (tie)
NYU
UC Santa Barbara
Illinois
Wisconsin
39
Boston College
40 (tie)
Rutgers
Tufts
Washington
43 (tie)
Boston University
Ohio State
Purdue
46
Maryland
47 (tie)
Lehigh
Texas A&M
Georgia
Rochester
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
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Level 56
Sep 4, 2022
Great idea for a quiz, but perhaps use a different source? There is no way Princeton is the "best" university in the country as a whole; Harvard and MIT (and possibly Stanford) are almost certainly "better" colleges. Despite being a very good college, it also does not make sense to put Columbia at the same rank as the aforementioned Bostonian ones. Furthermore, I don't why UWash @ St. Louis is ranked even higher than colleges like Cornell and CMU.
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Level 47
Nov 16, 2022
This is far and away the generally accepted list for the "best" schools. Individual schools' prestige might be higher. The reason columbia is so low is because they used to be #2, but it turns out they were tricking the ranking comittee by reporting false stats, so they were put this low as a "punishment" https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/09/09/columbia-usnews-college-ranking/