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?

United States of America

Baylor University

Waco, Texas

  • #79 National Universities in the USA (US News & World Report, 2020)
  • #8 in First-Year Experiences (US News & World Report, 2020)

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

  • #125 in National Universities (US News & World Report, 2020)
  • #59 in Best Value Schools (US News & World Report, 2020)

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

  • #3 best Southern Regional Universities (US News & World Report, 2020)
  • #1 most recommended university according to students. (Wall Street Journal/ THE US College Rankings, 2019)

LIU Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York

  • Graduates from LIU Brooklyn with degrees in Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Business, Management & Marketing, and Political Science & Government are among the top 15% highest paid. (CollegeFactual, 2020)
  • LIU Brooklyn is ranked a Top 100 Best Value Colleges in New York (Niche, 2020)

LIU Post

Brookville, New York

  • Ranked in top 10% for Health Professions (College Factual, 2020)
  • Graduates with a degree in Education or Mathematics & Statistics are among the Top 15% Highest Paid Graduates (College Factual, 2020)

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

  • #198 Best Fine Arts Graduate Programs (US News & World Report, 2020)
  • #52 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News & World Report, 2020)
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