Top-tier Universities (also known as Tier 1 national research universities) are those the highest ranked universities that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, masters, and doctoral degrees programs. Every year U.S. News & World Report's “America's Best College" releases the rankings of National universities and placed them into Top Schools, Tier 3, Tier 4, or Unranked Schools.

In 2009 Harvard is placed Number One among the Top Tier of National Universities, ahead of Princeton (2nd), Yale (3rd), MIT (=4th) and Stanford (=4th).

Following are some of the top universities in the US:

University of Wisconsin Madison - the top university in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, ranked 1st in the state and 35th best among Tier One National Universities in the country by US News & World Report 2009.

University of Washington - a top public research university in Seattle, Washington (US). It is placed 41st nationally in the US News National Universities Rankings 2009. It is also a Top 20 universities in the world, placed 12th internationally in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2009, and placed 16th globally in the ARWU 2008.

The University of Vermont - a Tier 1 National University, placed 89th in the nation. The University of Vermont College of Medicine is rated in the top tier of the nation's 130 medical schools.

Brigham Young University (BYU) - the best national university in the state, placed 113th nationally in 2009.  According to the U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" 2008, it is ranked in the Top 50 for the following graduate programs:
- 41st for Business programs.
- 44th for Law programs.

Vanderbilt University - the top ranked National University in the U.S. state of Tennessee, placed at Tier 1 with a position of 18th in the US News & World Report 2009. It is a Top 50 university in the world, placed 42nd globally by ARWU 2008.

Brown University - the best ranked school in the state of Rhode Island, placed at Tier 1 with a position of 16th in the country. It is one of the World Top 30 institutions, placed 27th in THES ranking of World Top 200 Universities 2008.

Duke University - rated as a Top 10 National University in the country, placed 8th nationally. It is also placed in the Top 15 worldwide: 13th globally in THES ranking 2008, and 14th in Newsweek ranking of top 100 global universities.

* Suggested Reading:

Princeton Review Rankings

US Top Public National Universities

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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