Find the Right University in the USA with ELS
There are many factors to consider in selecting the right university for you. Our goal is to help you find universities in the USA that best match your academic background, educational goals and personal achievements. We will help you secure conditional admission before you leave your home country. The ELS University Conditional Admission Network is comprised of 600 colleges and universities throughout the USA. Only through ELS do you have so many choices to continue your higher education in the USA.
You can apply for admission into a US college/university, with each institution using varying levels of selectivity and admission standards. US institutions are uniquely diverse. Universities in the USA can be public or private, and have varying student populations, type of degrees, cost and location.
There is no official list of the top 10, 20, 50 or even 100 universities in the United States, nor does the US government rank universities. Annually, there are many magazines and guidebooks published that contain subjective college "rankings." These unofficial rankings may categorize colleges/universities by location or by academic area of study (Engineering, Computer Science or Business, for example). They may also divide them into "regional" or "national" categories. In some rankings, academic standards and general reputation are not always the key factors being considered.
If you are a student using ranking indices to identify a suitable target university, make sure you check the criteria being used to establish the ranking list and compare it to your own personal study goals. Published rankings of universities in the USA, although unofficial, can be a good starting point in the college search. The college experience consists of intangible experiences that far exceed numbers alone. A ranking index is only one of several tools that help you find the school that meets your academic and social needs. Popular ranking indices in the USA include: U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges," Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron's, and Peterson's.