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  • California Institute of Technology | Caltech, Pasadena, California, U.S.A. Ranked No. 1 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • Stanford University, Stanford, California, U.S.A. Ranked No. 2 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, England, U.K. Ranked No. 3 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Ranked No. 4 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Ranked No. 5 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. Ranked No. 6 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, UK. Ranked No. 7 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • Imperial College London, London, England, UK. Ranked No. 8 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley, California, U.S.A. Ranked No. 9 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Ranked No. 10 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. Ranked No. 11 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.
  • ETH Zurich | Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. Ranked No. 12 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013.

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"It seems to me that a great university ought to have room in it for men subscribing to every sort of idea that is currently prevalent." - H.L. Mencken.

A UNIVERSITY is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education. The word university is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, roughly meaning "community of teachers and scholars."

Although each institution is organized differently, nearly all Universities have a board of trustees; a president, chancellor, or rector; at least one vice president, vice-chancellor, or vice-rector; and deans of various divisions. Universities are generally divided into a number of academic departments, schools or faculties. Public university systems are ruled over by government-run higher education boards.

A COLLEGE is an educational institution or a constituent part of an educational institution. Usage varies in English-speaking nations. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, an institution within a federal university, an institution offering vocational education, or a secondary school.

In the United States, "college" and "university" are loosely interchangeable, whereas in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and other Commonwealth countries, "college" may refer to a high school, a training institution that bestows trade qualifications, or a constituent school within a university.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS, also known as independent schools, are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition, rather than relying on public (state) funds. In the United Kingdom and several other Commonwealth countries, the use of the term is generally restricted to primary and secondary educational levels; it is almost never used of universities and other tertiary institutions. Private education in North America covers the whole gamut of educational activity, ranging from pre-school to tertiary level institutions.

A FINISHING SCHOOL (or charm school) is defined as "a private school for girls that emphasizes training in cultural and social activities." The name reflects that it follows an ordinary school and is intended to complete the educational experience. It may consist of an intensive course, or a one-year program.

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    • Australia
    • Geelong Grammar School.
    • Geelong Grammar School - founded in 1855. Independent, Anglican, co-educational, boarding and day school. The school's main campus is located at Corio, on the northern outskirts of Geelong, Victoria. Former pupils include Prince Charles & media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
    • Knox Grammar School - founded in 1924. 7 Woodville Ave, Wahroonga NSW 2076. Independent, Uniting Church, day and boarding school for boys.
    • École des Roches.
    • École Active Bilingue | EAB - private, co-educational, secular school that welcomes 2500 students from Maternelle (Early Years / Nursery) through to Terminale (Year 13 / 12th Grade) across it's five premises in Paris. Since its creation in 1954, it has been providing French and foreign students with an outstanding education, developing communication skills and competences in different languages (notably French, English and Spanish) and fostering the positive cohabitation of many different cultures.
    • ÉCOLE DES ROCHES - Verneuil-sur-Avre, Normandy. Founded in 1899. The most famous private school in France. Former pupils include Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
    • EURÉCOLE - 5, rue Lubeck, Passy, 75116 Paris.
    • INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PARIS | ISP - founded in 1964. Private international school based in Paris.
    • LUBECK SCHOOL - founded in 1882. Considered one of the best private schools for girls in Paris. Some of Lubeck’s illustrious alumnae: Victoire de Castellane of Dior, Vanessa Seward of Azzaro, Emmanuelle Alt of French Vogue, Camille Miceli of Louis Vuitton, Mathilde Agostinelli of Prada, Caroline Deroche of Givenchy and the former first lady Cécilia Sarkozy.
    • Institut Le Rosey.
    • LE ROSEY - founded in 1880. During most of the 20th century referred to as the "School of Kings", as the school has educated many notable alumni, including 7 monarchs, and generations of dynastic families, including Hohenzollerns, Rothschilds, Metternichs, Borgheses, Hohenlohes, and Radziwills.
      United Kingdom
    • The Cloisters, Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England.
    • ETON SCHOOL UNIFORM - Tom Brown Tailors.
      • Benenden School - founded in 1923. Independent boarding school for girls in Kent. Former pupils include Anne, Princess Royal.
      • CHARTERHOUSE - founded in 1611.
      • Cheam School - founded in 1645. Preparatory school in Headley, Hampshire. Former pupils include Prince Charles.
      • Chorister School - founded in 1416. "Encouraging All To Achieve." Notable former pupils: Tony Blair, Rowan Atkinson, James Fenton, Christopher Hancock, Stephen Hancock, Sir John Laws, Paddy MacDee, Sir Peter Vardy, Jammes, Wood, Hall Charlton.
      • ETON COLLEGE - British independent boarding school located in Eton, near Windsor in England. It educates over 1,300 pupils, aged between 13 to 18 years and was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as "The King's College of Our Lady of Eton besides Wyndsor". Eton is one of nine English independent schools, commonly referred to as "public schools", included in the original Public Schools Act 1868. Following the public school tradition, Eton is a full boarding school, which means all pupils live at the school, and is one of four such remaining single-sex boys' public schools in the United Kingdom (the others being Winchester College, Harrow School and Radley College) to continue this practice. It has educated nineteen British Prime Ministers and generations of aristocracy, and has been referred to as the chief nurse of England's statesmen.
      • EXETER SCHOOL - founded in 1633.
      • FETTES COLLEGE - founded in 1870. Coeducational independent boarding and day school in Edinburgh, Scotland.
      • FRANCIS HOLLAND SCHOOL - Regent's Park, NW1.
      • FRANCIS HOLLAND SCHOOL - Sloane Square, SW1.
      • GORDONSTOUN School - founded in 1934. Former pupils include Prince Charles & his father the Duke of Edinburgh.
      • HARROW SCHOOL - has educated boys since 1243 but was officially founded 1572.
      • HEATHFIELD SCHOOL - Ascot.
      • Hill House School - founded in 1951. Preparatory day school based in Knightsbridge, London. Former pupils include Prince Charles.
      • LUDGROVE SCHOOL - founded in 1892. Workingham, Berkshire. Attended by Prince Harry.
      • New School at West Heath - motto: "Rebuilding Lives Through Education." Independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent. It caters for children for whom mainstream schooling has become insufficient, for varying reasons.
      • Queen's Gate School - founded in 1891. Independent day school for girls in Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London.
      • Stowe School - founded in 1923.
      • SUMMER FIELDS SCHOOL - motto: Mens Sana in Corpore Sano. Preparatory school for 7-13 year old boys.
      • WESTMINSTER SCHOOL - founded in 1179. One of Britain's leading independent schools, with the highest Oxford and Cambridge acceptance rates of any secondary school or college in Britain. With a history going back to the 11th century, the school's notable alumni include Ben Jonson, John Dryden, Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, Edward Gibbon, Henry Mayhew, A. A. Milne, Tony Benn and seven Prime Ministers. Boys are admitted to the Under School at age seven, and to the senior school at age thirteen; girls are admitted only at sixteen.
      • WETHERBY SCHOOL - founded in 1991. Notting Hill, London. Attended by Prince Harry.
      • WINCHESTER COLLEGE - founded in 1382. Independent school for boys in the British public school tradition, situated in Winchester, Hampshire. It has existed in its present location for over 600 years and claims the longest unbroken history of any school in England.
      U. S. A.
    • The Dwight School.
    • Chapin School - founded in 1901. American all-girls, private day school located in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY.
    • Choate | Choate Rosemary Hall - founded in 1890. Highly-selective, private college-preparatory boarding school located in Wallingford, Connecticut. Its history, influence, and academic excellence have made it one of the most prestigious boarding high schools in the world. Among Choate's alumni are President John F. Kennedy, two-time Presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson, playwright Edward Albee, novelist John Dos Passos, philanthropist Paul Mellon, and actors Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Paul Giamatti.
    • Miss Porter's School - founded in 1843. Private college preparatory school for girls located in Farmington, Connecticut. It is a selective school that excels in academics and athletics. Its acceptance rate is 29% with an average SSAT score of 89. It was named the number one girls' boarding school by US News. Notable alumnae include: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Lilly Pulitzer, Gloria Vanderbilt, Dorothy Walker Bush, Lee Radziwill, Barbara Hutton, Dina Merrill.
    • Notre Dame High School - founded in 1851. Private, All-Female, Catholic,college preparatory high school located in the San Mateo County suburb of Belmont, California.
    • Oldfields School - ounded in Baltimore County, Maryland in 1867 by Anna Austen McCulloch, is the oldest girls' boarding school in Maryland. Among the School's notable graduates was Wallis Warfield Simpson, who became the Duchess of Windsor.
    • PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY - established in 1781. Alumni of Exeter include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
    • SACRED HEART ACADEMY - founded in 1949. All-girls' preparatory private and catholic school located on Cathedral Avenue, in Hempstead, NY.
    • Saint David's School - founded in 1951. Independent Roman Catholic primary and pre-primary school located on East 89th Street in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It is an all-boys school, educating students from pre-kindergarten through to eighth grade.
    • SIDWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL - founded in 1833. Quaker private school.
    • ST. BERNARD'S SCHOOL - founded in 1904. Private all-male elementary school. 4 E. 98th Street, New York City, NY.
    • THE BREARLEY SCHOOL - founded in 1884. All-girls private school. 610 East 83rd Street, New York City, NY.
    • THE BUCKLEY SCHOOL - founded in 1933. Motto: "Dare to Be: Brilliant, Creative, Strong, and True."
    • THE CHAPIN SCHOOL - founded in 1901. All-girls, private day school. 100 East End Ave., New York City, NY.
    • THE DWIGHT SCHOOL - founded in 1880. Motto: "Use your spark of genius to create a better world." Selective, combined elementary and secondary private school on the Upper West Side in New York, NY.
    • THE PUTNEY SCHOOL - founded in 1935.
    • VASSAR COLLEGE - founded in 1861.
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