Top 8 universities in US with the most famous professors


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It's a dream-come-true moment for every student to get admission into the university of his/her choice. You get to meet new people, make friends, hangout with them and study under the guidance of eminent personalities, mentors, and professors. You can often attend lectures by top scientists, politicians, actors, and authors, to name a few.

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Usually top personalities talk on TV shows or special programs where the cost of booking a seat is very high. Luckily, there are a few  top universities in the US where you may get a chance to listen as well as interact with top personalities often because they are or have been professors or guest lecturers there. Here is the list of top 8 universities with famous professors.


1. Yale University

 Yale University

Top to bottom: David Brooks, Ernest Zedillo, Tom Hanks

Founded in: 1701 

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Famous Professors:


Known forConcerned Department
David Brooks Author & political and cultural commentator for The New York TimesDepartment of Political Science
Ernesto ZedilloMexican economist and politicianDepartment of Political Science
Sidney AltmanMolecular Biologist who won Noble Prize in ChemistryDepartment of Chemistry
Kofi AnnanGhanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United NationDepartment of Political Science
Tom Hanks American actor and filmmakerDepartment of Filmmaking 

2. Stanford University

 Stanford university

 Top to bottom: Condolezza Rice, Andrew Ng, Mariam Mirzakhani

Founded in: 1891

Location: Stanford, California

Famous Professors:


Known for

Concerned Department

Andrew Ng

Founder of Google Brain Project

Department of Computer Science Engineering

Condolezza Rice

American political scientist and diplomat

Department of Political Science

Mariam Mirzakhani

First woman to win mathematics' Fields Medal

Department of Mathematics

Manu Prakash

Indian Bio-engineering scientist and recipient of MacArthur Fellowship

Department of Biological Engineering

Philip Zimbardo

Psychologist, well known for the infamous Stanford Prison experiment

Department of Psychology

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3. University of California

University of California 

 Top to bottom: Jack Black, Tim Robbins. John Cusack 

Founded in: 1868

Location: Oakland, California

Famous Professors:


Known for

Concerned Department

Jack Black

American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer

Department of Acting

John Cusack 

American actor, producer and screenwriter

Department of Acting

Tim Robbins

American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist, and musician

Department of Filmmaking/ Department of Music

Helen Hunt

American actress, director and screenwriter

Department of Filmmaking

Gary Snyder

Poet, Pulitzer Prize winner

Department of English Literature

4. Columbia University

Columbia University 

Top to bottom: Spike Lee, Ronald Breslow, Richard Axel

Founded in: 1754

Location: New York, US

Famous Professors:


Known for

Concerned Department

Spike Lee

American film director, producer, writer and actor

Department of Filmmaking

Brian Greene 

American theoretical physicist, mathematician, and string theorist

Department of Mathematics

Judith Butler

American philosopher and gender theorist

Department of Comparative Literature

Ronald Breslow

American chemist, winner of National Medal of Science for Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Richard Axel

Molecular Biologist, Noble prize winner in Physiology

Department of Physiology

5. Boston University


 Top to bottom: Eric Holder, Katie Couric, Robert Zelnick

Founded in: 1839

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Professors:


Known for

Concerned Department

Katie Couric

American journalist and author

Department of Journalism

Robert Zelnick

American journalist, author, winner of 2 Emmy awards & 2 Gavel awards

Department of Journalism

Eric Holder 

Served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, from 2009 to 2015

Department of Political Science

Elie Wiesel 

American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

Department of English Literature

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6. New York University

New York university 

 Top to bottom: Jonathan Safran Foer, Questlove, James Franco

Founded in: 1831

Location: New York City, US

Famous Professors:


Known for

Concerned Department

James Franco

American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer

Department of Filmmaking


American percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, music journalist, record producer, and actor

 Department of Music

Jonathan Safran Foer

American novelist

Department of Literature

Zadie Smith

English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer

Department of creative writing

7.  Brown University

 Brown university

 Top to bottom: Patrick Kennedy, John P. Donoghue, Leon Cooper

Founded in: 1764

Location: Rhode Island, US

 Famous Professors:


Known for

Concerned Department

Patrick Kennedy

American politician and mental health advocate

Department of Psychology

Leon Cooper

American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate who co-developed the BCS theory of superconductivity

Department of Physics

John P. Donoghue

Neuroscientist, best known for developing 'BrainGate' to restore movement for people with paralysis

Department of Neuro Science

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8. University of Chicago

 University of Chicago

Top to bottom: Barack Obama, Elena Kagan, Eugene Fama

Founded in: 1890

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Famous Professors:


Known for

Concerned Department

Barack Obama

American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017

Department of Political Science

Elena Kagan

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Department of Political Science

Eugene Fama

American economist, often referred to as "The Father of Finance"

Department of Economics

Richard Thaler

American economist

Department of Economics

Roger Ebert

American film critic and historian, journalist, screenwriter and author

Department of Journalism


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