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Top 10 Smartest Colleges in America 2015

/ December 26, 2014

Many American colleges impart world-class education. They attract students from all over the world.

Here are the top 10 smartest colleges in America. The ranking is based on Smarts Rank. The ranking was done by Jonathan Wai, a Duke University Talent Identification Program researcher.

10) Northwestern University (Smarts Rank: 10; Average SAT: 1470)

Northwestern University has campuses in Evanston and Chicago in Illinois.
It is a private research university.

Northwestern University

9) Stanford University (Smarts Rank: 9; Average SAT: 1475)

Stanford University is one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. This private research university is located in northern Silicon Valley.

Stanford University

8) Harvey Mudd College (Smarts Rank: 8; Average SAT: 1480)

Harvey Mudd College is one of the institutions of the contiguous Claremont Colleges. Its mission is to educate scientists, mathematicians and engineers to be well-versed in the social sciences and humanities so that they better understand the impact of their work on society.

Harvey Mudd College

7) Columbia University (Smarts Rank: 7; Average SAT: 1485)

Columbia University is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City.

Columbia University

6) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Smarts Rank: 6; Average SAT: 1500)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has five schools and one college. It is a private research university.

Massachusetts-Institute-of-Technology (MIT)

3) Yale University (Smarts Rank: 3; Average SAT: 1505)

This private Ivy League research university is located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is organized into 12 constituent schools.

Yale University

3) Harvard University (Smarts Rank: 3; Average SAT: 1505)

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its history, wealth and influence have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Harvard University

3) Princeton University (Smarts Rank: 3; Average SAT: 1505)

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university. It was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the American colonies.

Princeton University

2) University of Chicago (Smarts Rank: 2; Average SAT: 1515)

This private research university was founded by the American Baptist Education Society with a donation from John D. Rockefeller. University of Chicago scholars have played a major role in the development of various academic disciplines.

University of Chicago

1) California Institute of Technology (Smarts Rank: 1; Average SAT: 1545)

California Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Pasadena, California. Popularly known as Caltech, it has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering. Despite its small size, 33 Caltech alumni and faculty have won a total of 34 Nobel Prizes.