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Most Popular Private Universities on About.com in 2011

By January 1, 2012

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With nearly 1,000 college profiles (and growing) on About.com, some schools proved much more popular with readers than others in 2011.

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Among private universities, the profiles of the schools below received more visits than any others. Each of these universities has robust graduate and undergraduate programs, strong research facilities, and private funding.

In order of popularity, the 10 most viewed private universities on About.com in 2011 were:

  1. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  2. Cornell University (Ithaca, New York)
  3. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  4. Stanford University (Stanford, California)
  5. Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
  6. M.I.T. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  7. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
  8. Columbia University (New York, New York
  9. NYU (New York, New York)
  10. Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)
Click on the university's name to get more information, the acceptance rate, costs, test scores, and other admissions data.

The first eight spots on the list are identical to 2010 (see the 2010 list). At the bottom of the list, NYU made an appearance for the first time, and Yale got bumped off the list.


January 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(1) GW07626 says:

I wish you would give us the acceptance rate and admission statistics by the individual schools with each university. For example, certain schools at Cornell and NYU are known to be easier to get into than others. The admission statistics can vary widely. I recently read that NYU doesn’t even count the School of Liberal Studies in its past SAT GPA statistics. Similarly, I hear that Cornell’s Hotel School is easier to get into statistically.

January 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm
(2) Jenna Bolton says:

What about Duke? The ED application pool went up 23% this year.

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