At the top of our list, Stanford continues to build on its reputation as an all-round leader in the industry. The interdisciplinary courses of the past, such as "Digital Currency and Computer Crime", have allowed students of the renowned schools of law, economics and computer science to collaboratively study the subject.
Stanford has also established himself as a tycoon for well-known professors in the industry. Kathryn Haun, former federal prosecutor and now general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, has taught a management class called "Cryptocurrency" along with Susan Athey, a world-renowned economist.
Other industry leaders have also been attracted to Stanford. Balaji Srinivasan, former CEO of Earn.com and current CTO of Coinbase, has jointly taught a bitcoin course in the computer science department.
In addition, Stanford has attracted significant investments from the blockchain technology industry. The Ethereum Foundation and others funded the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research, a five-year project dedicated to working on the many technical challenges of the field.
However, like all the other schools, Stanford faces the challenge of keeping these talented professors as they continue to play a leading role in the development of the industry.
2. University of California, Berkeley
As the only public school in the CoinDesk rankings, UC Berkeley demonstrates that universities can stay at the forefront of emerging technologies without having to pay high taxes. Building on its reputation as one of the country's best engineering schools, UC Berkeley offers several high-level IT courses on the subject.
However, the school also makes an effort to offer interdisciplinary education with courses such as "Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics and Future of Technology, Business and Law". This course, which attracts professors from economic, IT and legal sciences, further cement Berkeley's reputation as a leading educator.
Perhaps most important, UC Berkeley benefits from one of the busiest communities on campus. The Blockchain student organization in Berkeley trains and builds products, providing paid consulting services for major companies such as Airbus and Qualcomm. The law of Berkeley and the business schools also boast their own clubs linked to the blockchain.
3. University of New York
New York University was one of the first schools to offer a blockchain course. Since 2014, professors David Yermack and Geoffrey Miller have offered the course "Digital currency, blockchains and the future of financial services", focusing on the "emerging role of digital currencies and blockchains in money, banks and the real economy" The "Applications in Business Finance: Fintech" of the Stern Business School, held by Sabrina T. Howell, highlight the funding dynamics of the new blockchain initiatives.
The NYU also boasts some of the best extracurriculars for blockchain. Once again, in 2014 it hosted the first bitcoin hackathon supported by the university. It was hosted by the Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab and collaborated with companies: Chain and Blockchain. It also has the Blockchain Lab and Blockchain Digital Asset Forum as organizations that bring attention to the campus.
The city that never sleeps also provides access to an active ecosystem of blockchain start-ups nearby where students can get internships and jobs. For example, a short subway ride takes you to ConsenSys headquarters, which is a leader in etereum-based technology.
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Students interested in learning the basics of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology would find it hard to find a better option than MIT. With courses such as "Cryptocurrency Engineering and Design" held jointly by Tadge Dryja, co-author of Lightning Labs' lightning network paper and former CTO, and Neha Narula, director of MIT's Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), students the latest developments in technology can gain visibility.
Students can also take advantage of MIT's broad technical grandeur that has helped establish key Internet protocols, public key cryptography, and other key elements of modern web infrastructure.
In order not to fall behind, MIT's Sloan business school offers courses like "Blockchain and Money", which expose students to the commercial and regulatory implications of technology.
5. University of Cornell
Cornell brings in some high-level computer courses with "Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts", taught by Ari Juels and Rafael Pass and Distributed Consensus and Blockchains, taught by E. Shi.
While students drive the Cornell Blockchain club on campus, a far more professional organization shares a connection with the school. IC3, Initiative for Cryptocurrencies & Contracts, is an initiative of Cornell faculty members and other important educational centers such as UC Berkeley and University College London. They try to collaborate with domain experts in finance and banks, entrepreneurs, regulators and open source software communities to block the ideation of practical implementation.
6. Georgetown University
Georgetown University, a school known for political science and business programs rather than for its engineering ability, finds its niche in the blockchain ecosystem by exploiting its connection to political circles in Washington DC.
Most Georgetown blockchain courses are offered by law school, where students can enroll in courses such as "Cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings and Law Seminar." Chris Bremmer, who was twice appointed to serve as Commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Patrick J. McCarty, who served in four different financial regulators and was a senior staff member in several congressional committees, teaches the course.
Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Digital Chamber of Commerce, jointly teaches a course for university students.
7. Harvard University
Harvard offers a few computer courses such as "Introduction to Blockchain and Bitcoin", held by Julian Avila, as well as having a business course with a shared focus on blockchain called "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" held by James C. Fitchett.
Harvard Blockchain Group and Harvard Undergraduate Blockchain Group help generate campus interest through events and educational content after hours. The first focuses on the students of the Graduate School of Design while the latter attracts the general population of underclassman. Harvard also offers a unique position to interact with partners in the educational space such as MIT and businesses in the greater Boston area.
8. Duke University
The blockchain program of Duke University benefits from the pioneering efforts of a single professor of business administration, Campbell Harvey. In 2014, Harvey debuted the "Innovation and Cryptoventures" course. The course received a lukewarm initial response, but Harvey told Bitcoin Magazine that he expects over half of the 2018 graduation class of Duke's Fuqua School of Business to have attended the course before graduation.
The course has prepared the ground for courses in other departments. Students also got on board, with university students teaching a "home" course for credit on blockchain technology.
Harvey also helped found the Duke Blockchain Lab, a student-led organization that brings together students, professors and professionals. The laboratory provides a connection with the professional community of blockchains, with many current members and former members of the laboratory working at leading companies in the sector.
9. Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is renowned for the caliber of its engineering program. Blockchain courses have appeared in classrooms such as "Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Applications" taught by Nicolas Christin and Kyle Soska. The course covers the technological, legal and commercial aspects of the blockchain.
The CMU Blockchain club offers students the opportunity to prototype blockchain projects in various sectors, from the IoT to agriculture. At the moment the club has 100 members.
10. University of Pennsylvania
While the University of Pennsylvania still does not offer as many courses as its colleagues, a core of early adopters on campus has helped to create a vibrant community. Professors such as Kevin Werbach, a professor of legal studies and business ethics, have helped foster campus growth.
The support of the professors, as well as the substantial interest of the students in the renowned business school in Wharton, has kicked off the formation of the Penn Blockchain club, which boasts several hundred students from different academic backgrounds and hosts an annual conference .
CoinDesk ranks the best US blockchain schools based on three key quantitative factors: the number of blockchain-related courses, the number of blockchain organizations on campus and the access of each school to the blockchain technology industry.
Blockchain courses (70 percent)
CoinDesk attaches the utmost importance to the number of blockchain courses offered in the last year or currently offered by each university. Blockchain technology remains a nascent field and universities have struggled to find and retain qualified professors to teach the complex, interdisciplinary and ever-changing subject.
It is worth noting that CoinDesk makes no attempt to evaluate the quality of each course, only if the course covers material related to the blockchain.
As a result, courses dedicated entirely to blockchain or cryptocurrency receive one point, courses that have given the subject a half point, and executive training courses or relevant online courses receive a quarter of a point. Interdisciplinary and blockchain courses involving multiple departments receive a half point bonus.
Blockchain organizations (25 percent)
The second most important factor in CoinDesk rankings is the number of blockchain-related organizations on campus. These organizations offer students the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research and get their hands on work experience with technology.
CoinDesk makes no distinction between sponsored university initiatives such as dedicated research centers and student groups such as blockchain clubs. CoinDesk Research evaluates each organization based on its impact, scope and professionalism. The most influential organizations earn three points and the less influential groups earn one point.
Access to the blockchain technology community (5 percent)
Access to the blockchain networks includes the last piece of CoinDesk rankings. While the blockchain technology industry often urges its accessibility, the proximity to people and companies actively working in the sector remains a significant advantage. Meetups, events and possible connections in the country's blockchain hubs offer interested students easy access to the industry in general.
Using CoinDesk Research data, we classify all cities in the United States, with the first-tier cities being the ones with the most blockchain start-up activities. Schools with easy access to first-tier cities receive two points, those with access to second-tier cities receive one point and all others do not receive points.
To calculate the final ranking, CoinDesk normalizes the scores for each of the three factors by dividing the score of each factor by the maximum score observed in that category. For example, each university's course score is divided by the highest registered course score. The three factor scores are then combined according to their respective weightings, obtaining the final score for each university.
It is important to note that all three factors in CoinDesk's blockchain rankings may change over time. The scores in this report reflect the data collected in August 2018. If you believe your university has added courses or clubs from August 2018 or comments on our methodology, please fill out this form or let us know at the address. firstname.lastname@example.org.