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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 the top 1,000.

In the 2020 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 29 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 University of Oxford United Kingdom
5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
6 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
7 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
8 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
9 Imperial College London United Kingdom
10 University of Chicago United States
=11 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
=11 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) Singapore
13 Princeton University United States
14 Cornell University United States
15 University of Pennsylvania United States
16 Tsinghua University China
17 Yale University United States
=18 Columbia University United States
=18 EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Switzerland
20 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
21 University of Michigan United States
=22 Peking University China
=22 University of Tokyo Japan
24 Johns Hopkins University United States
=25 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
=25 Duke University United States
27 University of Manchester United Kingdom
28 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) United States
=29 Australian National University Australia
=29 University of Toronto Canada
31 Northwestern University United States
32 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
=33 King's College London United Kingdom
=33 Kyoto University Japan
=35 McGill University Canada
=35 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
37 Seoul National University South Korea
38 University of Melbourne Australia
39 New York University (NYU) United States
40 Fudan University China
41 KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology South Korea
42 University of Sydney Australia
43 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) Australia
44 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom
45 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) United States
46 Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Hong Kong
47 University of Queensland Australia
48 Carnegie Mellon University United States
49 University of Bristol United Kingdom
50 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
51 University of British Columbia Canada
52 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
53 Universite PSL France
54 Zhejiang University China
55 Technical University of Munich Germany
56 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
57 Brown University United States
=58 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
=58 Monash University Australia
=60 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
=60 Ecole Polytechnique France
62 University of Warwick United Kingdom
63 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
64 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
65 University of Texas at Austin United States
66 Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg Germany
67 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
68 University of Washington United States
69 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
70 Universiti Malaya (UM) Malaysia
71 Osaka University Japan
=72 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
=72 University of Copenhagen Denmark
74 Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) Argentina
75 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
76 University of Zurich Switzerland
77 Sorbonne University France
=78 Durham University United Kingdom
=78 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
80 KU Leuven Belgium
81 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
82 Tohoku University Japan
83 Korea University South Korea
84 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia
85 Rice University United States
86 University of Western Australia Australia
87  Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
88 University of Auckland New Zealand
89 University of Science and Technology of China China
90 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill United States
91 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
92 Lund University Sweden
=93 Pennsylvania State University United States
=93 University of Leeds United Kingdom
95 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
96 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
97 University of Southampton United Kingdom
=98 Boston University United States
=98 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
100 University of St Andrews United Kingdom

Want to find out how the other 900 universities are ranked? Click here to find out.

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. 

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