North American university rankings

Every student wants to ensure that they have a great university experience in North America. A lot of publications provide rankings that cover a wide range of areas, and you may well review a number of these to guide your decision making. University rankings are an important indicator of the quality of the university, but only provide insight into part of the student experience.

How can rankings help you to make the best choice?

International students have a wide range of reasons for choosing a particular university. It might be the offer of a specialist degree program, being close to relatives, the beautiful location, the student lifestyle or the excellent reputation.

It's a good idea to think about what's most important to you, and then check the relevant rankings to find universities that best provide what you're looking for.

Do you want to study at the most prestigious American university for your chosen subject?

Top college rankings in the USA and Canada are based on a wide range of criteria, and can be a useful tool in helping you decide on the best university to suit your needs.

How are North American universities ranked?

Universities in the USA and Canada can be ranked against other universities around the world, or just those located in the same country. There are also rankings for individual academic programs and departments.

University rankings are not officially endorsed by the US or Canadian governments. Most rankings are actually created by magazine, newspaper, and book publishers, but many of these rankings are still regarded quite highly. You will also find that the highest-ranking universities will vary from publication to publication.

Universities are ranked on a wide range of criteria that vary from publication to publication. Criteria could include: survey results, general reputation, volume of research publications, program size, alumni donations, and more.

Are all North American universities ranked?

Only the highest quality universities are recognized by the popular university rankings. Study Group works with universities that are ranked by one or more of the following publications:

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds)

U.S. News & World Report

The Princeton Review

Forbes magazine

Washington Monthly College Guide

How do Study Group’s partner universities rank?

James Madison University

  • #6 regional university in the South
  • U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges

Merrimack College

  • #9 Regional Colleges (North)
  • U.S. News & World Report 'Best Colleges 2015'

Roosevelt University

  • #91 regional university in midwest USA 
  • U.S. News & World Report 'Best Colleges 2015'

Royal Roads University

  • Graded A for quality of teaching and learning
  • Canadian University Report

University of Vermont

  • #34 public university in USA
  • U.S. News & World Report 'Best Colleges 2015'

Widener University

  • #181 Best national university in America
  • U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges

LIU Brooklyn

  • Top 50 Schools in the Northeast for Salary Potential

LIU Post

  • Best Graduate Business Schools
  • U.S. News & World Report 'Best Graduate Schools' 2014
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