Oldest Universities in the United States
All of these universities date back before the American Revolution commenced in 1765!
Located in New York City, Columbia University was chartered in 1754 as King’s College and was later renamed.
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Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts university located in Lexington, Virginia. Its first major benefactor was George Washington.
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Princeton University is located in New Jersey and is ranked 13th in the world overall.
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University of Delaware was originally founded as ‘Free School’ and has changed name and location several times.
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Moravian College traces its founding to 1742 by 16-year-old Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf.
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University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin and was the first US university to offer both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
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Yale University was originally established to train ministers in theology and sacred languages.
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St. John’s college has two campuses, one in Annapolis, and another in Santa Fe.
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The College of William and Mary was the first school of higher education in the US to install an honor code of conduct for students.
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As well as being the oldest university in the US, Harvard University is also one of the world’s most prominent universities.
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These universities continue to hold historic significance across the US!
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