5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
It's probably one of the most famous universities in the world.
But did you know its founder, William Barton Rogers, apparently never received a degree?
In 1853, he moved to Boston, where he enlisted the support of the scientific community to create an institution for technical and scientific education. It was largely through his efforts that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was born in 1861.
Today, the Institute has more than 900 faculty and 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
It is organised into five Schools -- Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Management, and Science -- and the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology.
Fifty-nine current or former members of the MIT community have won the Nobel Prize.
The US News & World Report ranks MIT -- along with Stanford University and Duke University -- at No 5 in its rating for America's best universities for the year 2005.
Information courtesy Massachusetts Institute of Technology