We'll review four of the best schools in the United States with exceptional programs in one or more majors, as well as a list of other good schools with similar acclaim.
U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities by several majors. We'll explore four top schools in three popular subjects as ranked by the publication in recent years. These schools are notable for a variety of reasons, such as the number of concentrations available in a given field to the availability of customized degree plans.
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
In 2017, the University of Pennsylvania's undergraduate business program ranked at #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list. The university's finance, insurance, management, real estate, quantitative analysis, production/operations management and marketing programs are also highly ranked in the top three in the nation.
The University of Pennsylvania offers concentrations in more than 20 areas, such as actuarial science and retailing, through its Wharton School of Business. This Ivy League college's business school was also ranked #4 among the nation's top MBA programs in 2017.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA
The Massachusetts Instiute of Technology (MIT) was ranked as the top undergraduate engineering program in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.
The electrical engineering and computer science program is MIT's most popular undergraduate major and features a flexible curriculum with copious amounts of hands-on coursework to help students gain valuable experience.
Williams College in Williamstown, MA
In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Williams College as #1 on its list of best national liberal arts colleges. Williams College is a small, private, liberal arts school, serving just over 2,000 students. The college's three academic divisions of humanities, sciences and social sciences comprise 35 diverse majors, including psychology, music, anthropology, theater and Chinese.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Communications and Journalism
- Computer Sciences
- Culinary Arts and Personal Services
- Liberal Arts and Humanities
- Mechanic and Repair Technologies
- Medical and Health Professions
- Physical Sciences
- Transportation and Distribution
- Visual and Performing Arts
University of California - Berkley
In 2017, the University of California - Berkley tied for second and placed third respectively on U.S. News and World Report's list of the best undergraduate business and engineering programs. While not a number one school, the University of California - Berkeley is still a distinguished institution with high-ranking programs. It's business curriculum is integrated with liberal arts to produce well rounded graduates and the BeeHive program helps undergraduate engineering students find research opportunities.
Top Colleges by Major
Let's look at a few other colleges and their U.S. News and World Report ranked programs:
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Business - #4||Research expenditures exceed $1 billion||Ann Arbor, MI|
|New York University||Business - #5||The B.S. in Business program offers 12 areas of concentration||New York, NY|
|Stanford University||Engineering - #2||University features bountiful opportunities to participate in research projects||Stanford, CA|
|California Institute of Technology||Engineering - #4||Student/faculty ratio is 3:1||Pasadena, CA|
|Amherst College||Liberal Arts - #2||Amherst's membership in the Five Colleges Consortium allows students to take courses at nearby universities||Amherst, MA|
|Swarthmore College||Liberal Arts - #4||Students can opt to take courses at neighboring Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College due to Swarthmore's role in the Tri-College Consortium||Swarthmore, PA|
|Bowdoin College||Liberal Arts - #6||The college hosts the Peucinian Society, one of the country's longest-standing literary and intellectual societies||Brunswick, ME|
Many of the world's best colleges are located in the United States. Among them, four that excel in a variety of study areas include the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Williams College and the University of California - Berkeley.