There is no official list of the top 10, 20, 50 or even 100 universities in the United States, nor does the US government rank universities.

Annually, there are many magazines and guidebooks published that contain subjective college “rankings.” These unofficial rankings may categorize colleges/universities by location or by academic area of study (Engineering, Computer Science or Business, for example).

They may also divide them into “regional” or “national” categories. In some rankings, academic standards and general reputation are not always the key factors being considered.