The USA has one of the world’s best university systems, offering a wide range of schools, innumerable areas of study and endless list of specialty degrees at over 4,000 institutions. As a result, the higher education system in the U.S. has something to offer for everyone.
Some U.S. colleges and universities stress broad educational principles; others emphasize practical, employment-related skills; and still others specialize in the arts, social sciences or technical fields. There are clear routs to bachelor’s degrees, leading to fast-track masters’s degrees, followed by PhD, and prestigious MBAs. American curricula are flexibly designed to allow students to change their ‘major’ after 1 or 2 years. There is a huge choice of elective courses so students can tailor their degree to their interests and strengths.
- The US offers – A wide range of schools, flexible curricular, clear pathways to prestigious degrees.
East coast vs West coast
The east coast is known for the Ivy League universities, liberal arts education and its cold weather. Degrees are significantly lower in price, the cost of living, as well as bigger diversity in student nationalities mix living there. While many are attracted to the reputation of Ivy League institutions, they actually make up a tiny percentage of universities represented in the 15 states along the east coast. Ivy league universities: Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell.
The west coast is generally recognised for its specialist institutions, particularly in regards to science, technology, engineering and maths, i.e. the STEM subject. In fact, California is regarded by some as one of the world’s leading regions in the STEM subjects. However, one should not forget that MIT on the east coast regularly tops both subject specific league tables and overall rankings. High ranking universities are Stanford University, Caltech, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). These institutions are in close proximity to the tech centre of the Silicon Valley and so graduates and aspiring entrepreneurs take advantage of the massive wealth generated by it.
- East coast – Ivy League’s Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell and MIT
- West coast - Stanford University, Caltech, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Proximity to Silicon Valley.
Being at the forefront of research and development (R&D), science and engineering (S&E), US Universities produce the most advanced degrees in these fields as well as high-impact scientific publications. The best possible equipment, labs and resources are made available to the US students. It is widely discussed how is future depends on innovation, the dynamism of high-tech sectors shape future economies worldwide. Your involvement will be at its highest having studied in America.
- World standard – Leadership in research and development (R&D), the most advanced degrees in science and engineering (S&E)