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The World's Top 100 Universities

By Staff Writer

Updated June 20, 2021 Updated June 20, 2021
  • MIT is the best university in the world for the tenth consecutive year. 
  • This year's World University Rankings feature 1,029 universities in total.

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 2022 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 26 representatives) or the UK (18). 

Here’s a complete rundown of the world’s top 100 universities. 

Top 100 Universities in the World

According to the QS World University Rankings 2022 

Rank  

University  

Location 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 

United States 

University of Oxford 

United Kingdom 

=3 

Stanford University 

United States  

=3 

University of Cambridge 

United Kingdom  

Harvard University 

United States 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 

United States 

Imperial College London 

United Kingdom  

=8 

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 

Switzerland 

=8 

UCL (University College London) 

United Kingdom  

10 

University of Chicago 

United States 

11 

National University of Singapore (NUS) 

Singapore 

12 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) 

Singapore 

13 

University of Pennsylvania 

United States  

=14 

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 

Switzerland

=14 

Yale University 

United States 

16 

University of Edinburgh 

United Kingdom  

17 

Tsinghua University 

Mainland China 

18 

Peking University 

Mainland China 

19 

Columbia University 

United States 

20 

Princeton University 

United States 

21 

Cornell University 

United States 

22 

University of Hong Kong (UKU) 

Hong Kong SAR 

=23 

University of Tokyo 

Japan 

=23 

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

United States 

25 

Johns Hopkins University 

United States 

26 

University of Toronto 

Canada 

=27 

McGill University 

United States 

=27 

Australian National University 

Australia 

=27 

University of Manchester 

United Kingdom 

30 

Northwestern University 

United States 

31 

Fudan University 

Mainland China 

32 

University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 

United States 

33 

Kyoto University 

Japan 

34 

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) 

Hong Kong SAR 

35 

King's College London 

United Kingdom 

36 

Seoul National University 

South Korea 

37 

University of Melbourne 

Australia 

38 

University of Sydney 

Australia 

39 

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) 

Hong Kong SAR 

40 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 

United States 

41 

KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology 

South Korea 

42 

New York University (NYU) 

United States 

43 

University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) 

Australia 

44 

Universite PSL 

France  

45 

Zhejiang University 

Mainland China 

46 

University of British Columbia 

Canada 

47 

University of Queensland 

Australia 

48 

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 

United States 

49 

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 

United Kingdom 

=50 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Mainland China 

=50 

Technical University of Munich 

Germany 

52 

Duke University 

United States  

=53 

Carnegie Mellon University 

United States  

=53 

City University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong SAR 

55 

University of Amsterdam 

Netherlands 

56 

Tokyo Institute of Technology 

Japan 

57 

Delft University of Technology 

Netherlands 

58 

Monash University 

Australia 

59 

Institut Polytechnique de Paris 

France 

60 

Brown University 

United States 

62 

University of Warwick 

United Kingdom 

62 

University of Bristol 

United Kingdom 

63 

Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg 

Germany 

64 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 

Germany 

65 

Universiti Malaya (UM) 

Malaysia 

66 

Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

Hong Kong SAR 

67 

University of Texas at Austin 

United States 

68 

National Taiwan University (NTU) 

Taiwan 

69 

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) 

Argentina 

=70 

KU Leuven 

Belgium 

=70 

University of Zurich 

Switzerland 

72 

Sorbonne University 

France 

73 

University of Glasgow 

United Kingdom 

74 

Korea University 

South Korea 

=75 

Osaka University 

Japan 

=75 

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

United States 

77 

University of Southampton 

United Kingdom 

78 

Lomonosov Moscow State University 

Russia 

=79 

University of Copenhagen 

Denmark 

=79 

Yonsei University 

South Korea 

81 

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) 

South Korea 

 

=82 

Durham University 

United Kingdom 

=82 

Tohoku University 

Japan 

=82 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

United States 

=85 

University of Auckland 

New Zealand 

=85 

University of Washington 

United States 

87 

Lund University 

Sweden 

88 

Georgia Institute of Technology 

United States 

89 

KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

Sweden 

90 

University of Birmingham 

United Kingdom 

91 

University of St Andrews 

United Kingdom 

92 

University of Leeds 

United Kingdom 

93 

University of Western Australia 

Australia 

94 

Rice University 

United States 

95 

University of Sheffield 

United Kingdom 

96 

University of Pennsylvania 

United States 

97 

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) 

South Korea 

98 

University of Science and Technology of China 

Mainland China 

99 

Technical University of Denmark 

Denmark 

100 

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

United States 

This article was originally published in June 2013. It was updated in May 2021 with the most-recent rankings data.

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

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