World University Rankings – Aggregated

World Rankings LogosHarvard University leads the way in the aggregated world university rankings that are dominated by American institutions, as compiled by University Guidance. MIT and Stanford complete the podium, followed by England’s ancient universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

UNIVERSITY GUIDANCE TOP TEN GLOBAL UNIVERSITIES

  1. Harvard University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  3. Stanford University
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. University of Oxford
  6. California institute of Technology (Caltech)
  7. Princeton University
  8. University of Chicago
  9. University of California, Berkeley
  10. Columbia University

Nearly two-thirds (25) of the world’s leading 40 universities are based in the United States, according to this new ranking, with 6 from the UK, 3 from Canada, 2 from Germany and 1 each from Australia, Belgium, Japan and Switzerland.

This table, produced by University Guidance, is an aggregate of each university’s position in the five leading global rankings, which are:

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
  • Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)
  • QS World University Rankings (QS)
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE)
  • US News Best Global University Rankings (USN)

Each ranking uses its own methodology – detailed on the individual websites – which explains why each varies to some degree or another. Having said that, the top 5 institutions in the aggregated table feature in each of the top 10s, so there is a level of consistency across the top end of each ranking.

Harvard achieves three 1st places, plus a 2nd and a 6th to take overall top spot with a score of 11. MIT and Stanford are tied with a score of 14 for 2nd, but MIT takes the runners-up spot as it achieved a 1st place whereas Stanford did not.

There are some US institutions – notably Berkeley and Columbia – that have lost places in the aggregated table due to their lower positioning by the two UK-based rankings, namely QS and THE, whereas European institutions Imperial College London and ETH Zürich do well with QS and THE – 8th and 9th respectively in each – when compared to their placings in the other three rankings.

Of course, as important as rankings are to the universities – particularly those who score well – they should always be used by students as just one part of the research process, rather than the only element for consideration.

Overall ARWU CWUR QS THE USN
1. Harvard University 11 1 1 2 6 1
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 14 3 3 1 5 2
3. Stanford University 14 2 2 3 3 4
4. University of Cambridge 22 5 4 3 4 6
5. University of Oxford 28 10 5 6 2 5
6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 32 7 12 5 1 7
7. Princeton University 46 6 9 11 7 13
8. University of Chicago 47 9 8 10 10 10
9. University of California, Berkeley 53 4 7 26 13 3
10. Columbia University 60 8 6 22 15 9
11. Yale University 63 11 11 15 12 14
12. Johns Hopkins University 71 16 16 16 11 12
13. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 78 12 15 27 16 8
14. Cornell University 79 13 10 17 18 21
15. University of Pennsylvania (U.Penn) 80 17 14 18 17 14
16. ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 85 20 20 9 9 27
17. UCL 88 18 27 7 14 22
18. Imperial College London 92 23 35 8 8 18
19. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor 109 22 19 30 21 17
20. University of Toronto 126 25 32 34 19 16
21. Duke University 128 31 28 29 20 20
22. Northwestern University 131 27 22 32 25 25
23. University of California, San Diego 137 14 21 44 39 19
24. University of Tokyo 147 21 13 39 43 31
25. University of Washington – Seattle 154 15 31 65 32 11
26. New York University (NYU) 162 27 18 53 30 34
27. University of Wisconsin-Madison 179 24 25 54 50 26
28. University of Edinburgh 184 47 55 21 24 37
29. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 200 29 33 59 36 43
30. University of British Columbia 219 40 62 50 34 33
31. University of Texas at Austin 220 37 30 77 46 30
32. McGill University 221 64 42 24 38 53
33. University of Melbourne 252 44 93 42 33 40
34. King’s College London 256 55 94 19 27 61
35. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg 262 46 76 66 37 37
36. Carnegie Mellon University 277 61 61 62 22 71
37. University of California, Davis 278 57 53 85 44 39
38. Ludwig Maximilians Universität Müchen 288 52 79 75 29 53
39. University of California, Santa Barbara 294 38 64 129 39 24
40. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) 333 90 82 82 35 44

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