Announces the Top Research Colleges & Universities for U.S. Undergraduate Students

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Students who want to pursue STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have many research options for graduate studies. But which schools pursue that same commitment to research at the undergraduate level?, through the use of its unique and innovative InfluenceRanking Engine, announces its ranking of the 50 leading undergraduate research universities in the U.S.:

50 Best Research Universities in the U.S. for Undergrads

“In my role as a professor in a STEM field, I understand how valuable research can be at the undergraduate level, especially for those students concerned most with praxis in their field of study,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of and professor of physics at Wake Forest University. “If you want to be hands-on, these leading undergrad research institutions are worth your consideration.”

Visit the link above to see the final ranking order, additional rankings, and top research universities by state. Schools ranked include:

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The City College of New York
  • Clark University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The New School
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Princeton University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • William & Mary
  • Yale University
  • Yeshiva University

The power of’s proprietary InfluenceRankings Engine is its ability to scour the web and measure the actual influence of thought leaders and top researchers among higher ed faculty. These rankings reflect a more accurate tracking of real-world influence than previously possible in college rankings. See the About page for further details on the unique capabilities and advantages of this ranking technology.

“Our technological advantage creates the best resources for students,” says Macosko. “The schools in these results emphasize delivering research capabilities to their undergraduate students, and their influence proves they do it exceptionally well. For any students considering studies in a STEM field, this is the perfect place to start a college search.”

Founded in October 2016, with funding assistance from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Influence Networks created the InfluenceRanking Engine for use by With its College Strategist, Desirability Score, and Custom College Rankings, helps students to discover the most influential higher education institutions. And the InfluenceRanking Engine that powers all rankings of people and institutions will keep expanding its capabilities to explore an even wider array of topics and top performers. is the preeminent technology-driven rankings site dedicated to students, researchers, and inquirers from high school through college and beyond, offering resources that connect learners to leaders. is a part of the EducationAccess group, a family of sites dedicated to lifelong learning and personal growth, including Influence Networks, (nonfiction publishing and publishers of Bright Notes), (instructional video library and easy instructional video creation with 3D elements), (free, online library and reader), and soon, Success Portraits (personalized strengths inventory for college and career).


Jed Macosko, Ph.D.
Academic Director

(682) 302-4945


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