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Harvard University Tops the Shanghai Ranking Again

By Craig O

Updated August 15, 2017 Updated August 15, 2017

Harvard University has topped the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy for the 15th consecutive year.

The Ivy League institution is one of 16 US universities in the ranking’s top 20, with Stanford University holding on to second place again this year. At third, up one place from last year, is the University of Cambridge, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – the best university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings – are in fourth.

The Shanghai Ranking is dominated by US and UK universities, with only one university in the top 20 coming from a different country. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich is ranked 19th. China is well-represented lower down the table, with 57 universities in the top 500, but the highest-ranked Asian university is based in Japan. The University of Tokyo just misses out on a place in the top 20, ranking 24th.

The ARWU ranking considers the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, as well as the number of highly cited researchers at a university and the number of articles published in particular academic journals.

For the first time ever, the Shanghai Ranking has been expanded beyond a top 500, with the universities ranked 501-800 included this year under the label “ARWU World Top 500 Candidates”. These are universities which are considered to have the potential to break into the top 500 in the future.

The complete top 20 in this year’s ranking can be found below.

Rank

University

Country

1

Harvard University

US

2

Stanford University

US

3

University of Cambridge

UK

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

US

5

University of California, Berkeley

US

6

Princeton University

US

7

University of Oxford

UK

8

Columbia University

US

9

California Institute of Technology

US

10

University of Chicago

US

11

Yale University

US

12

University of California, Los Angeles

US

13

University of Washington

US

14

Cornell University

US

15

University of California, San Diego

US

16

University College London

UK

17

University of Pennsylvania

US

18

Johns Hopkins University

US

19

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

SWI

20

Washington University in St Louis

US

 

This article was originally published in August 2017 .

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As Head of Content, Craig is responsible for all articles and guides published across TopUniversities and TopMBA. He has nearly 10 years of experience writing for a student audience and extensive knowledge of universities and study programs around the world.

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