Best Colleges By Major

Aug 06, 2018

Continue on to learn about some of the top-ranked colleges according to popular majors. See why these schools stand out, and learn about program options so that you can decide if one of them might be right for you.

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  • 0:35 University of Pennsylvania
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School Overviews

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.

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:

School Name Major Distinction Location
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.

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