The United States is home to some pretty old colleges and universities.
In fact, there are more than a dozen that are older than America itself – none older than Harvard University, which was founded in 1636.
Meanwhile, other states took longer to open their first colleges. The most recent state to get its first college is Alaska, whose University of Alaska Fairbanks just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Across the US, the list of oldest colleges in each state features some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country as well as flagship state universities and a handful of lesser-known schools.
- The oldest college in each US state includes some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and several flagship state universities.
- The oldest college in the US is Harvard University, founded in 1636.
- Meanwhile, the most recent state to get a college is Alaska.