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The World's Top 100 Universities

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Want to study at one of the world's top 100 universities? The QS World University Rankings® offers an annually updated list of not only the top 100 universities in the world, but in fact more than 900.


In the 2016-2017 edition of the QS World University Rankings, half of the top 100 universities in the world are located in the US (which has 32 representatives) or the UK (18). Next is Australia, with six institutions listed among the world’s top 100 universities, followed by Japan with five. There are four entries each for Canada, Germany, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Switzerland, while Sweden has three.

Other countries featured among the top 100 universities in the world include France, the Netherlands and Singapore (with two entries each), as well as Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Taiwan (one entry each).

The world’s top 50 universities this year:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Stanford University
  3. Harvard University
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  6. University of Oxford
  7. UCL (University College London)
  8. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  9. Imperial College London
  10. University of Chicago
  11. Princeton University
  12. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  13. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
  14. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  15. Yale University
  16. Cornell University
  17. Johns Hopkins University
  18. University of Pennsylvania
  19. University of Edinburgh
  20. Columbia University
  21. King’s College London
  22. Australian National University
  23. University of Michigan
  24. Tsinghua University
  25. Duke University
  26. Northwestern University
  27. University of Hong Kong
  28. University of Berkeley, California
  29. University of Manchester
  30. McGill University
  31. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  32. University of Toronto
  33. Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris) 
  34. University of Tokyo
  35. Seoul National University
  36. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  37. Kyoto University
  38. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  39. Peking University
  40. University of California, San Diego
  41. University of Bristol
  42. University of Melbourne
  43. Fudan University
  44. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  45. University of British Columbia
  46. University of Sydney
  47. New York University (NYU)
  48. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  49. University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Brown University (joint 49th)

For the full top 100 universities in the world (and more!), click here.

This article was originally published in June 2013. It was updated in September 2016.

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