Top 10 Universities Academic Key Facts Comparison

All schools in Top 10 Universities are private schools. The average acceptance ratio of Top 10 Universities is 7.40% where Harvard University has the tightest rate of 5% and Duke University has the loosest rate of 11%. The average graduation rate is 95.10% and the average student to faculy ratio is 5.90:1 (16.95%). Harvard University has the highest student population of 29,908 where total 167,189 students are attending Top 10 Universities.
Table. Top 10 Universities Overview
RankNameType/LevelAcceptance RatesPopulation Graduation RateStudent to Faculty Ratio
1 Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
7% 8,181 97% 5:1
2 Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
5% 29,908 97% 7:1
3 University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
8% 15,775 94% 6:1
3 Yale University
New Haven, CT
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
6% 12,458 98% 6:1
5 Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
7% 29,372 94% 6:1
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
8% 11,376 93% 3:1
5 Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
5% 17,184 94% 10:1
8 University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
9% 24,960 95% 6:1
9 Duke University
Durham, NC
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
11% 15,735 95% 7:1
10 California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
Private (not-for-profit)
4 or more years
8% 2,240 94% 3:1
Average7.40%167,189 (Total)95.10%5.90:1

Top 10 Universities Undergraduate Tuition & Fees Comparison

The average undergraduate tuition & fees of Top 10 Universities is $51,718 in academic year 2017-2018. Columbia University in the City of New York has the most expensive tuition & fees of of $57,208 and Princeton University has the lowest rates of $47,140. Next tables compare the undergraduate tuition & fees at Top 10 Universities.
Table. Top 10 Universities Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
RankNameTuitionFeesTotal
1 Princeton University $47,140-$47,140
2 Harvard University $44,990$3,959$48,949
3 University of Chicago $53,292$2,742$56,034
3 Yale University $51,400-$51,400
5 Columbia University in the City of New York $54,504$2,704$57,208
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $49,580$312$49,892
5 Stanford University $48,987$630$49,617
8 University of Pennsylvania $47,416$6,118$53,534
9 Duke University $51,720$1,780$53,500
10 California Institute of Technology $48,111$1,797$49,908
Average$49,714$2,004$51,718
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Top 10 Universities Graduate Programs Tuition & Fees Comparison

The average graduate tuition & fees of Top 10 Universities is $43,228 in academic year 2017-2018. University of Chicago has the most expensive graduate tuition & fees of of $57,000 and University of Pennsylvania has the lowest graduate tuition rates of $37,134. Next tables compare the graduate programs tuition & fees at Top 10 Universities.
Table. Top 10 Universities Graduate Program Tuition & Fees
RankNameTuitionFeesTotal
1 Princeton University $47,140$1,800$48,940
2 Harvard University $44,816$1,142$45,958
3 University of Chicago $55,836$1,164$57,000
3 Yale University $41,000-$41,000
5 Columbia University in the City of New York $44,864$2,092$46,956
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $49,580$3,312$52,892
5 Stanford University --$47,940
8 University of Pennsylvania $33,604$3,530$37,134
9 Duke University $51,480$1,137$52,617
10 California Institute of Technology $48,111$1,674$49,785
Average$46,270$1,761$48,031
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Top 10 Universities Living Costs Comparison

The average living costs including room, board, and other living expenses of Top 10 Universities is $17,342 when a student lives in campus such as dormitory and school apartments and $18,936 when living off campus.Next tables compare the living costs at 10 schools in Top 10 Universities.
Table. Top 10 Universities Living Costs Comparison
NameOn-Campus Living CostsOff-Campus Living Costs
Room & BoardOther ExpensesTotalRoom & BoardOther ExpensesTotal
Princeton University $15,610$2,300$17,910 ---
Harvard University $16,660$2,991$19,651 ---
University of Chicago $15,726$2,175$17,901 ---
Yale University $15,500$720$16,220 ---
Columbia University in the City of New York $13,644$1,947$15,591 $17,370$4,995$22,365
Massachusetts Institute of Technology $14,720$1,818$16,538 ---
Stanford University $15,112$2,925$18,037 ---
University of Pennsylvania $15,066$1,835$16,901 $15,066$1,835$16,901
Duke University $14,798$2,206$17,004 ---
California Institute of Technology $14,796$2,874$17,670 $13,293$4,248$17,541
Average $15,163$2,179$17,342 $15,243$3,693$18,936
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