Best Universities for Economics in the US in 2021

Being the world’s largest economy, the United States is an obvious choice for international students interested in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Economics.

We know American universities always show up in the global international rankings, but which are the best for studying Economics? Let’s find out!

1. Best economics schools in the US – US News Rankings 2021

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2. Best economics schools in the US – QS Rankings 2021

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Princeton University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
  • Columbia University
  • New York University (NYU)
  • University of Pennsylvania

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3. Best economics schools in the US – World University Rankings 2021

  • Stanford University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • Duke University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Northwestern University
  • New York University (NYU)

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4. Best economics schools in the US – Niche Rankings 2021

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Student reviews of the best economics schools in America

We’ve listed below a few reviews from students who enjoyed their experience at some of these top American colleges. You can read more reviews on each university page on our portals.

Student reviews of universities on Studyportals' websites

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

“I can just say that I have not been disappointed at all, even though I have had high expectations. I have learned a lot through projects and discussions in class, lectured by some of the best professors of the United States. I have seen the beauty of the Bay area and explored the Silicon Valley spirit in numerous company visits.

And I have made life-long friends from all over the world with whom I created memories that will be long remembered. All in all, I am thankful to have gotten this chance, and if you would ask me, I’d do it all over again!”

Columbia University

“My study year in New York was arguably the best year of my life. Even though it was a very intense year from an academic point of view, it was extremely enriching from a personal and professional perspective. I formed many wonderful and deep friendships, improved my English language skills as well as my intercultural understanding.”

New York University

“Amazing unparalleled global education. This is a great opportunity to be in an exciting, cosmopolitan city, and to study alongside students from around the world. There really is no other college experience that comes close.”

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