Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is known the world over for being a first-class technology, engineering, and science university. Its academic programs are universally regarded as some of the best in the world, and in this past year, QS ranked MIT number one on their world university rankings.
The University of California, Berkeley, is located in Berkeley, California (on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay) and is the flagship school of the University of California system.
UC Berkeley was founded in 1868 when the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College merged together to create the first full-curriculum public university in the state.
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University is a private, Ivy League university that was founded in 1701, making it the third-oldest institution of higher-learning in the United States.
Yale, like many Ivy League schools, is split into three major academic divisions: Yale College, which is the undergraduate program; the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; and the professional schools, including a medical school, a school of architecture, and a divinity school.
Northwestern University is a private research university located in Evanston, Illinois. The University also has a campus in Chicago, Illinois (where its professional schools and related hospitals are located) and a satellite campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar, where it operates a school of journalism and communication.
The university was founded by 9 methodists in 1850, and granted charter in 1851 by the Illinois General Assembly, making it the oldest chartered university in the state of Illinois.