A private university is an establishment of higher education independent of state or federal oversight. Private universities receive income from the fees they charge their students, endowments, and grants supplied by governments. Their ranks include many of the most prestigious universities in the USA. Various organisations use different criteria to rank universities annually, but the same institutions frequently appear in the top ten year after year.
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Harvard University was founded in 1636 by the legislature of Massachusetts. It holds a reputation as one of the best universities in the world by virtue of its high standard of teaching and appears in most top ten lists of private US universities.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Yale University was founded in 1701 by the Colony of Connecticut General Court. Its campus lies in New Haven, Connecticut.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
38 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Princeton University was founded in 1746 by New Light Presbytarians. As its name suggest, it lies in the town of Princeton, New Jersey.
Princeton, NJ 08544
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. It is located, as the name would suggest, in the state of Pennsylvania, in the city of Philadelphia.
University of Pennsylvania
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by Royal Charter from King George the Second of England. It stands in the middle of New York City.
New York, NY 10027-6902
Brown University was founded in 1764 by, amongst others, Stephen Hopkins (1707 to 1785) a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. Brown University stands in Providence, Rhode Island.
Office of College Admission
45 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
Duke University was founded in 1838 by Quakers and Methodists in the town of Durham, North Carolina.
Durham, NC 27708
Stanford University was founded near San Francisco in 1891 by Leland Stanford (1824 to 1893), a businessman and politician.
Office of Undergraduate Admission
355 Galvez Street -- Montag Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6106
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 by William Barton Rogers. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and consistently ranks in the upper echelons of academic institutions for research.
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
California Institute of Technology
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech)--located in Pasadena, California--was founded in 1891 by Amos G. Throop.
Caltech Undergraduate Admissions
383 S. Hill Avenue MC 10-90
Pasadena, CA 91125-3405
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