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Top 5 most underrated colleges and universities in US

Posted on December 14, 2019
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There are many established universities in the US that frequently feature in international rankings as the global leaders in higher education. There are various others, however, that are inadvertently overlooked. As the rankings are usually general and rank universities overall, certain colleges that have individual areas of excellence can be under-represented at the international level. Let us see which are the Top 20 most underrated colleges and universities in the US.

Each of the colleges on this list is unique in its own way. Overshadowed by the big names in the field of international education, these struggle to find their own place. Still, these colleges are worth considering for any international student looking at study abroad options in the US.

All the names here share certain things in common. They have incredible faculty, good graduation rates, generous financial aid, and a wide range in graduate courses.

University of Orego

Known for being “relentlessly innovative”, the University of Oregon has 325 degree and certificate programs with a student to teacher ratio of 16:1.

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Known for its excellence in research, the University of Oregon is regarded as Tier 1 National Public Research University. 73% of the students at the University of Oregon are engaged in research.

St. Olaf College

Established in 1874 by Lutheran immigrants from Norway, St. Olaf College is a liberal arts college located at Northfield, Minnesota.

St. Olaf is known for its highly practical approach to education. Students enrolled into St. Olaf’s Media and the Environment degree spend an entire semester producing videos for non-profits.

96% of 2018 graduates from St. Olaf are either employed, engaged in full-time service work, or in graduate school.

George Washington University

Founded in 1821 by an Act of Congress, George Washington University has a thriving diverse community. Ranked #198 on Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, George Washington University is #72 in the US Rankings 2020.

The list of the university’s alumni contains some prominent names like Politician Colin Powell and J. Edgar Hoover, former FBI director.

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Tech or Florida Institute of Technology is known as Florida’s STEM university. By STEM is implied – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Students from over 100 countries all over the world come to Florida Tech, making it a global university in the true sense.

Kalamazoo College

Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is an internationally oriented, nationally renowned, and highly selective 4-year college of arts and sciences.

Enrolling about 1,491 students from across 38 states and as many as 33 countries worldwide, Kalamazoo, or simply ‘K’ as it is commonly referred to, seeks talented students with diverse background.

The US is one of the leading destinations for study abroad. 4 out of the Top 5 in the QS World University Rankings 2020 belong to US – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [at Rank 1]; Stanford University [at Rank 2]; Harvard University [at Rank 3]; and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) [at Rank 5].

Nevertheless, in addition to the well known and established universities in US for study abroad, there are also various other options that an international student can consider when deciding to study overseas in the US.

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