University of Massachusetts
World University Rankings 2014-15
UMass lent its name to a song by the Pixies, penned by band member (and former student) Frank Black. While he did not complete his degree, UMass alumni include Natalie Cole, Bill Cosby and Paul Theroux. Its harbour-fronting Boston campus, site of the John F. Kennedy Library, is one of five. It has more than 16,500 staff and around 63,000 students.