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The World's Top 100 Universities

By Staff Writer

Updated April 9, 2021 Updated April 9, 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 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

  2 

Stanford University

United States

  3 

Harvard University

United States

  4 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States

  5 

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

  6 

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

 

Switzerland

 

  7 

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

  8 

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

  9 

University of Chicago

United States

  10 

UCL (University College London)

United Kingdom

  11 

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

  12 

Princeton University

United States

  13 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)

Singapore

  14 

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

  15 

Tsinghua University

China

  16 

University of Pennsylvania

United States

  18 

Yale University

United States

  17 

Cornell University

United States

  19 

Columbia University

United States

  20 

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

  21 

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

United States

  22 

University of Hong Kong (UKU)

Hong Kong

  23 

Peking University

China

  24 

University of Tokyo

Japan

  25=

Johns Hopkins University

United States

  25=

University of Toronto

Canada

  27=

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong

  27=

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

  29 

Northwestern University

United States

  30 

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

United States

  31=

Australian National University

Australia

  31=

King's College London

United Kingdom

  31=

McGill University

Canada

  34 

Fudan University

China

  35 

New York University (NYU)

United States

  36 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

United States

  37 

Seoul National University

South Korea

  38 

Kyoto University

Japan

  39 

KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

South Korea

  40 

University of Sydney

Australia

  41 

University of Melbourne

Australia

  42 

Duke University

United States

  43 

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Hong Kong

  44 

University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)

Australia

  45 

University of British Columbia

Canada

  46 

University of Queensland

Australia

  47 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

  48 

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  49 

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

United Kingdom

  50 

Technical University of Munich

Germany

  51 

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

  52 

Universite PSL

France

  53 

Zhejiang University

China

  54 

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

United States

  55 

Monash University

Australia

  56 

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

  57 

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

  58 

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

  59 

Universiti Malaya (UM)

Malaysia

  60 

Brown University

United States

  61 

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

  62 

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

  63 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Germany

  64 

Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg

Germany

  65 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

  66=

National Taiwan University (NTU)

Taiwan

  66=

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)

Argentina

  68 

Ecole Polytechnique

France

  69=

Korea University

South Korea

  69=

University of Zurich

Switzerland

  71 

University of Texas at Austin

United States

  72=

Osaka University

Japan

  72=

University of Washington

United States

  74 

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Russia

  75 

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

  76 

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

  77=

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

South Korea

  77=

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

  79 

Tohoku University

Japan

  80 

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

  81 

University of Auckland

New Zealand

  82 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States

  83 

Sorbonne University

France

  84 

KU Leuven

Belgium

  86 

Durham University

United Kingdom

  85 

Yonsei University

 

South Korea

  87 

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

  88 

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

South Korea

  89 

Rice University

United States

  90 

University of Southampton

United Kingdom

  91 

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

  92 

University of Western Australia

Australia

  93=

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom

  93=

University of Science and Technology of China

China

  95 

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

United States

  96 

University of St Andrews

United Kingdom

  97 

Lund University

Sweden

  98 

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sweden

  99 

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

  100 

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

 

Mexico

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

This article was originally published in June 2013 . It was last updated in April 2021

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