Top 100 Universities in the World

These are the ranking for the top 100 universities in the world according to the Times – QS ranking, which is done annually. QS stands for Quacquarelli Symonds, a leading global career and education network. QS helps foster international mobility and educational and career development. They have an excellent website which aims to link educators and employers to qualified candidates from all over the world.

Rank School Name Country
1 HARVARD University United States
2= University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
2= YALE University United States
2= University of OXFORD United Kingdom
5 Imperial College LONDON United Kingdom
6 PRINCETON University United States
7= University of CHICAGO United States
7= CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Calt… United States
9 UCL (University College LONDON) United Kingdom
10 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (M… United States
11 COLUMBIA University United States
12 MCGILL University Canada
13 DUKE University United States
14 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
15 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
16 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
17 University of TOKYO Japan
18 University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
19 STANFORD University United States
20= CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
20= CORNELL University United States
22 University of California, BERKELEY United States
23 University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
24 King’s College LONDON United Kingdom
25 KYOTO University Japan
26 Ecole Normale Supérieure, PARIS France
27 University of MELBOURNE Australia
29 NORTHWESTERN University United States
30 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
31 The University of SYDNEY Australia
32 BROWN University United States
33= National University of SINGAPORE Singapore
33= University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
33= University of QUEENSLAND Australia
36 PEKING University China
37 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
38= University of MICHIGAN United States
38= The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
40 TSINGHUA University China
41 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (U… United States
42 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of T… Switzerland
43 MONASH University Australia
44 University of NEW SOUTH WALES Australia
45 University of TORONTO Canada
46 OSAKA University Japan
47 BOSTON University United States
48 University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands
49 NEW YORK University (NYU) United States
50 The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand
51= SEOUL National University Korea, South
51= University of TEXAS at Austin United States
53= TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
53= HONG KONG University of Science & Techno… Hong Kong
55= University of WASHINGTON United States
55= University of WISCONSIN-Madison United States
57 University of WARWICK United Kingdom
58 University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States
59 LONDON School of Economics and Political… United Kingdom
60 HEIDELBERG University Germany
61 Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN Belgium
62 University of ADELAIDE Australia
63 DELFT University of Technology Netherlands
64 University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia
65= University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
65= Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (… Germany
67 Technische Universität MÜNCHEN Germany
68 University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom
69 NANYANG Technological University Singapore
70 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom
71= UPPSALA University Sweden
71= DARTMOUTH College United States
73 University of ILLINOIS United States
74= EMORY University United States
74= University of YORK United Kingdom
76 University of ST ANDREWS United Kingdom
77= University of PITTSBURGH United States
77= PURDUE University United States
79 University of MARYLAND United States
80= University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom
80= University of LEEDS United Kingdom
82 VANDERBILT University United States
83 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom
84 LEIDEN University Netherlands
85= CASE WESTERN RESERVE University United States
85= University of VIENNA Austria
85= FUDAN University China
88 QUEEN’S University Canada
89 UTRECHT University Netherlands
90= TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan
90= PENNSYLVANIA STATE University United States
92 RICE University United States
93= University of MONTREAL Canada
93= University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
95 University of ROCHESTER United States
96 University of CALIFORNIA, Davis United States
97= GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States
97= University of ALBERTA Canada
99 CARDIFF University United Kingdom
100 University of HELSINKI Finland

Source: THES – QS World University Rankings
© Quacquarelli Symonds 2004 – 2007

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2 thoughts on “Top 100 Universities in the World

  1. That’s a great and highly informative article on Universities. I personally recommend visiting the GingerAsia site for up to the minute educational advice including ways to approach top universities elsewhere as there are so few in Thailand but some in Asia. Go to

  2. Great information. How are these schools ranked?

    How is the ranking criteria different in the United States versus the U.K and other places? If you have good grades, SATs, extra curricular activities, etc… you can get into a great school. Of course you need to financially pay for that school.

    In UK, if you have all the qualifications, do you need to be financially “well off” to go to school?

    Does everyone in the UK have the opportunity to go to a college?

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