These are the place to be.20 top U.S. colleges and universities. Higher education - education at a college or university - is more popular (and expensive) today than it's ever been. Many students believe that a degree from a college or university is the only way to open up the doors of opportunity they will have in their lives. While that's not true for everyone, many jobs require a bachelor's degree or even a master's degree. Some jobs require even more advanced degrees. If you want to be, say, a doctor or a lawyer, you're going to need to start with college.
Your choice of college will have an impact on the rest of your life. Don't worry - there's no "permanent record" in life, so your mistakes won't follow you forever, but the four (or five...or ten) years you spend at a university will undeniably shape your life in ways you won't be aware of until much later. The people you meet in college may become your lifelong friends, sticking by you through all of life's ups and downs. The major you choose might have an impact on the kind of career you decide to pursue. Whatever your choice is, it's yours to make - and this list will show you some of the top colleges in the U.S. Read on to find out if any of these institutions of higher learning are right for you. Start Slideshow