World University Rankings 2014-15
Circus impresario P.T. Barnum was one of the earliest benefactors of this private research institution, set up in 1852. It is home to the US' oldest graduate school of international relations, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Ten schools occupy three Massachusetts campuses and one at an 11th-century Benedictine monastery in France. It has around 8,000 students.