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I have read that the USA was far behind Europe until maybe the 1930s. But just what were the limitations of US colleges prior to that?

EDIT: I realize there was unlikely to have been any published ranking but we would I think get a sense of the limitations of US schools by seeng how many Americans went overseas to study and/or how often someone from Europe would choose to study in the USA. Also what was said about US schools.

I have read that the USA was far behind Europe until maybe the 1930s. But just what were the limitations of US colleges prior to that?

I have read that the USA was far behind Europe until maybe the 1930s. But just what were the limitations of US colleges prior to that?

EDIT: I realize there was unlikely to have been any published ranking but we would I think get a sense of the limitations of US schools by seeng how many Americans went overseas to study and/or how often someone from Europe would choose to study in the USA. Also what was said about US schools.

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Where did United States colleges rank internationally during the 19th century?

I have read that the USA was far behind Europe until maybe the 1930s. But just what were the limitations of US colleges prior to that?