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The World's Top 100 Universities

QS World University Rankings 2021

Want to study at one of the world's top 100 universities? The QS World University Rankings offers an annually updated list of top 1,029 universities worldwide. We will be revealing which of these made the top 100.

In the 2021 edition of the QS World University Rankings, just under half of the top 100 universities in the world are located in the US (which has 27 representatives) or the UK (18).

Here's a complete rundown of the world's top 100.

Rank

University

Location

  1 

  2 

United States

  3 

United States

  4 

United States

  5 

  6 

  7 

United Kingdom

  8 

United Kingdom

  9 

United States

  10 

United Kingdom

  11 

  12 

United States

  13 

Singapore

  14 

Switzerland

  15 

  16 

United States

  18 

United States

  17 

United States

  19 

United States

  20 

United Kingdom

  21 

United States

  22 

  23 

China

  24 

  25=

United States

  25=

  27=

Hong Kong

  27=

United Kingdom

  29 

United States

  30 

United States

  31=

  31=

United Kingdom

  31=

Canada

  34 

China

  35 

United States

  36 

United States

  37 

  38 

Japan

  39 

South Korea

  40 

Australia

  41 

Australia

  42 

United States

  43 

Hong Kong

  44 

Australia

  45 

Canada

  46 

Australia

  47 

China

  48 

Hong Kong

  49 

United Kingdom

  50 

  51 

United States

  52 

  53 

China

  54 

United States

  55 

Australia

  56 

Japan

  57 

  58 

United Kingdom

  59 

  60 

United States

  61 

Netherlands

  62 

United Kingdom

  63 

Germany

  64 

Germany

  65 

United States

  66=

  66=

  68 

France

  69=

South Korea

  69=

Switzerland

  71 

United States

  72=

Japan

  72=

United States

  74 

Russia

  75 

Hong Kong

  76 

  77=

South Korea

  77=

United Kingdom

  79 

Japan

  80 

United States

  81 

  82 

United States

  83 

France

  84 

  86 

United Kingdom

  85 

South Korea

  87 

United Kingdom

  88 

South Korea

  89 

United States

  90 

United Kingdom

  91 

United Kingdom

  92 

Australia

  93=

United Kingdom

  93=

China

  95 

United States

  96 

United Kingdom

  97 

  98 

Sweden

  99 

United Kingdom

  100 

This article was originally published in June 2013. It was updated in June 2020 with the most-recent rankings data.

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It gives a clear description for students to choose their paths.

I am 17 in Viet nam and I'll be leaving high school in 9 months. my gpa is around 4.0, my ielts score is 6,5, i have various certificates for various experience and i am interested in marketing/communication/business/international relations and i also do really need to apply for scholarships and financial aids. can someone give me some advices and suggestions please

Hi, sounds like the programme International Communication and Media might be something for you! It is a really cool course and fits your interest well. The university, Erasmus Rotterdam, is an amazing place which has a very diverse culture. In the city of Rotterdam you can sometimes hear more English than Dutch. 

I am 15 in Ireland, and Ill be leaving school in w years so I want to be prepared! My average scores on major tests tend to be B s, and im interested in medicine, English and art. Can someone please help me figure out what college would be best for me?

I am just year nine in New Zealand but I really want to plan my future. need suggestions and am interested in physics

Hi Shubh, to get started you could have a look at the latest rankings by subject for physics - you can narrow the results down to show particular regions or countries you're interested in. 

I am from Bangladesh. I need a scholarship.

Hello, we have a selection of different scholarship listings for various study destinations, subjects and student groups here