Higher Education System in USA

Pursuing higher education in US is a dream for most people. The education system in US can be broadly categorized into three types of university sets based on its funding, infrastructure, curriculum and teaching methodology.


Private universities in US have broad academic offerings, have large campuses, are more research oriented, have more recognition and offer both graduate and undergraduate degrees in US.

Below are some well known Private Universities-
  • Princeton University
  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • Columbia University
  • Stanford
  • University of Chicago
  • Duke University
  • MIT
  • U Penn
  • Cal Tech

The Private university system in the US includes the Ivy League’s-


This “Elite Eight” group of Universities situated in the North Eastern part of the US, are predominantly known for their high admission standards and academic excellence.


Although their exorbitant fee structure is intimidating but the high profile degrees, world class faculties who are leaders in their fields and eminent social connections that are built over time, makes the investment worth it.


These Universities have sizeable endowments and draw plenty of the fundings from their generous alumnus support.

The 8 colleges that fall under this category-
  • Brown
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Harvard
  • Penn
  • Princeton
  • Yale

Public colleges and universities in US operate under the supervision of state governments. Since it is government funded, studying in these universities is fairly economical.

Below are some well known Public Universities-
  • University Of California-Berkeley
  • Georgia Institute Of Technology
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University Of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University Of Illinois Urbana- Champaign
  • University Of Texas Austin
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of Central Florida

State universities in US are part of a State University System which means a single legal entity and administration, but it may also consist of several institutions, each with its own identity as a university. Some states—such as California and Texas—support more than one such system.

  • Arizona St. University
  • Ohio St. University
  • Penn St. University
  • California St. University
  • Iowa St. University
  • Kansas St. University
  • Michigan St. University
  • North Carolina St. University
  • Washington St. University
  • Colorado St. University

In simple terms, Liberal Arts colleges in US are the Arts Colleges which largely pertain to Education based on the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Students get an opportunity to specialize multifarious skills that prove to be an asset at every step of life or in any profession. Here, one simply does not get a degree akin to the interest but also gains a cutting edge knowledge for its application.

Following is the list of some well known liberal Arts colleges:
  • Williams
  • Amherst
  • Swarthmore
  • Wellesley
  • Bowdoin College
  • Pomona College
  • Middleburry College
  • Carleton College
  • Claremont Mc Kenna College
  • Haverford College