Duke University # 7
Duke is an extremely well known and well regarded school around the world for many reasons. Not only is Duke one of the top research universities in the world, having spent more than $1 billion on research in 2012, but they also excel with their athletics and just about every other key department you can imagine.
Duke’s sports teams have won a combined 15 national championships, which is what helps make Duke one of the absolute best universities to attend in the United States. Not only will students be part of the universities already incredibly rich history, but they will also be enjoying the stunning architecture on one Duke’s three campuses that span more than 8,000 acres.
The college also has one of the largest private research libraries in the world, with over six million volumes. That being said, the price tag is a hefty $45,476 per year currently for tuition and fees, not to mention housing and the other expenses that come along with attending one of the best universities in the world. Even with the expense, Duke still had more than six thousand enrolled for the 2013-14 school year.