Top Schools for Undergraduate Research in 2019

Undergraduate research remains one of the most sought-after qualities in the college search. Students want to know how, when, and where to find opportunities for hands-on projects. Not only do these research projects allow students to express creativity, take control of their education, and delve deeper into their specific interests, it’s a great way to demonstrate leadership and initiative on your resume—for any career you want to pursue. From humanities to STEM, opportunities to produce independent work under the supervision of a highly-qualified faculty member are a golden ticket to standing out. Convinced?

Here is a run-down of the top spots for undergraduate research in 2019.


The schools may surprise you—many already have a reputation for high-caliber undergraduate education, and their student research programs are no exception–but some stand out as newcomers. Be sure to read up on options that you may not have considered before if research is a priority for you or your student!

The following rankings are drawn from the US News & World Report (you can read more about their methodology here).

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA
  2. Princeton University – Princeton, NJ
  3. California Institute of Technology – Pasadena, CA
  4. Elon University – Elon, NC
  5. College of Wooster – Wooster, OH
  6. Stanford University – Stanford, CA
  7. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
  8. Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA
  9. three-way tie between:Davidson College – Davidson, NC
    Duke University – Durham, NC
    Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD

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