This is the 5th and final posting in the Top Universities by Region series. Considering the Northeast is home to the Ivy League, I thought it was fitting to end the series with this stellar list of the Top 5 universities in the Northeast.
Although this review is not specifically geared for the online student, except for Princeton, all of the Ivy League universities listed below offer some sort of online program.
Although not included here, another Ivy League institution, Cornell University, also offers online degrees and certificates.
What is the very best university in the nation? The question can perhaps be rephrased: What is the very best university in the Northeast? Time and again, on list after list, the top-rated university in the country is a Northeastern one.
The names stay the same, though the order sometimes changes. Is it Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Princeton, Harvard, Yale, or Yale, Princeton, Harvard? Given the prestige that comes with a degree from any of these universities, it is sometimes difficult to see any difference.
But there is, of course, a difference. Each school offers its own version of the best and each graduates students who can quickly and easily identify fellow alums. A Yalie is a Yalie is a Yalie, be he John Kerry or George Bush (to cite two recently profiled graduates of that institution).
To graduate from any of these schools is to be a member of an elite club. For many hopefuls, it seems, education is an afterthought. The primary goal is just getting in. Once the yearned-for admission is achieved, it is time to exhale. In the fantasy of many applicants, admission means that a lifetime of doors opening, jobs appearing, and riches all but guaranteed. Like any clichÃ©, this fantasy has a basis in reality. Graduates from the schools on this list go on to big things, and big things are often done by graduates of these schools.
Is it the ambition to be the best that student arrive with that makes them become CEOs and presidents? Or is there something inherent in the education offered at these institutions that shapes leaders? That is a chicken and egg question, it is very hard to know the answer. But if someone is to solve that question, it is not unlikely that he or she will hold a diploma from one of the esteemed schools on this list.
1. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Harvard has so long been synonymous with the best (think â€œthe Harvard ofâ€¦â€) that its first place seat on this list is unlikely to shake the institution one way or the other. Despite its many detractors, Harvard continues to attract top students and top faculty, making it the high water mark in American education. Being able to ‘drop the H-bomb,’ and say you went to Harvard, continues to impress more than any degree.