The World’s Best Universities Compiled By Experts

The World’s Best Universities Compiled By Experts


The list emphasizes scholarship, research funding and reputation and does not consider things like entry requirements, graduation rates, professor ratings or alumni salaries.
Here are the top 50 schools on Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking 2019

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


#50 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 50
2018 global ranking: 37
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a land-grant institution and the flagship of Illinois’ public university system, offers more than 150 undergraduate programs through its 16 colleges. Located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total pop. 207,000) in east-central Illinois, it is home to more than 80 laboratories, institutes and research centers, including the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. U. of I. alumni and faculty have won 24 Nobel Prizes (including two by John Bardeen who invented the transistor) and 25 Pulitzer Prizes. The University Library has one of the largest public university collections in the world with 13 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. There are 62 Greek houses as well as more than 1,000 student organizations, societies, and teams. The school’s varsity athletic teams, known as the Fighting Illini, compete in the Big Ten Conference (NCAA Division I). Notable alumni include Silicon Valley venture capitalist and the inventor of the first graphical web browser Marc Andreessen, YouTube co-founders Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, actor and comedian, Nick Offerman, and the inventor of the visible LED, Nick Holonyak, Jr.

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#49 Australian National University
Country/ Region: Australia
2019 global ranking: 49
2018 global ranking: 48


#48 KU Leuven
Country/ Region: Belgium
2019 global ranking: 48
2018 global ranking: 47


#47 Heidelberg University
Country/ Region: Germany
2019 global ranking: 47
2018 global ranking: 45


#46 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Country/ Region: Hong Kong
2019 global ranking: 46
2018 global ranking: 44


#45 Technical University of Munich
Country/ Region: Germany
2019 global ranking: 44
2018 global ranking: 41


#44 McGill University
Country/ Region: Canada
2019 global ranking: 44
2018 global ranking: 42


#43 University of Wisconsin-Madison
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 43
2018 global ranking: 43
The University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the flagship university of the UW system, founded in 1848. A public land-grant university, Wisconsin has 13 schools and colleges and offers 232 undergraduate majors, with biological and biomedical sciences, economics, political science, engineering and business among the most popular. A third of Madison students come from out of state, attracted by top programs in education, agriculture, communications, biology, and social sciences, and the opportunity for undergraduates to work with faculty on research. Wisconsin Madison has been a center for embryonic stem cell research since professor James Thomson became the first scientist to isolate human embryonic stem cells. The Wisconsin Badgers compete in the NCAA Big Ten Conference and are known for their winning football and basketball teams. Notable alumni include Frank Lloyd Wright, filmmaker Errol Morris, and TV news anchor Greta Van Susteren.


#42 The University of Tokyo
Country/ Region: Japan
2019 global ranking: 42
2018 global ranking: 46
The University of Tokyo is Japan’s top university and advertises itself as a world-class center for research and a vibrant academic community. Its Komaba Campus is home to the College of Arts and Sciences and has 7,039 students enrolled in its liberal arts undergraduate programs.


#41 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris
Country/ Region: France
2019 global ranking: 41
2018 global ranking: 72


#40 Karolinska Institute
Country/ Region: Sweden
2019 global ranking: 40
2018 global ranking: 38

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#39 University of Texas at Austin
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 39
2018 global ranking: 49
The University of Texas, Austin is one of the nation’s top public universities and one of the best universities in the South. The flagship branch of the University of Texas system, it spends heavily on research; in the 2017-18 academic year, research expenditures exceeded $600 million. UT-Austin houses seven museums and 17 libraries, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the Harry Ransom Center. UT-Austin offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 1,300 student organizations. With more than 75 national chapters, the university’s Greek community is one of the nation’s largest. The UT-Austin Longhorns compete on 20 NCAA Division I teams. The marching band owns the 10-foot-tall Big Bertha, the largest bass drum in the world. Alumni include former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson and the late CBS anchor, Walter Cronkite.

King’s College London
#38 King’s College London
Country/ Region: United Kingdom
2019 global ranking: 38
2018 global ranking: 36


#37 University of British Columbia
Country/ Region: Canada
2019 global ranking: 37
2018 global ranking: 34

University of Hong Kong
#36 University of Hong Kong
Country/ Region: Hong Kong
2019 global ranking: 36
2018 global ranking: 40

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#35 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Country/ Region: Switzerland
2019 global ranking: 35
2018 global ranking: 38

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#34 Georgia Institute of Technology
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 34
2018 global ranking: 33
The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta is one of the leading research universities in the U.S. Founded in 1885, it now has 130 majors and minors; the most popular are engineering, business, and computer science. Georgia Tech has 12 interdisciplinary research institutes and 11 research centers. The school has industry partnerships with companies including Google, Intel, and Boeing, which collaborate on research, recruiting and training. Georgia Tech has more than 500 student clubs and activities as well as 57 Greek organizations. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets play in the NCAA’s Division I. Alumni include President Jimmy Carter and U.S. Senator David Perdue.

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#33 University of Melbourne
Country/ Region: Australia
2019 global ranking: 32
2018 global ranking: 32

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#32 LMU Munich
Country/ Region: Germany
2019 global ranking: 32
2018 global ranking: 34

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#31 Peking University
Country/ Region: China
2019 global ranking: 31
2018 global ranking: 27
Founded in 1898, PKU has around 15,000 undergraduate students and about 2,000 international students, 15% from North America. As China’s Yale, the university’s social sciences, humanities and pure sciences programs are among the top in the country. Strong academic majors include Chinese literature, physics, laws and history. Notable alumni and faculty include the founder of People’s Republic of China Mao Zedong (1893-1976) and the prominent political thinker and essayist Lu Xun (1881-1936)

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#30 University of California, San Diego
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 30
2018 global ranking: 31
Originally an oceanographic institution, the University of California, San Diego is a public sea grant and space grant university in the upscale town of La Jolla. With more than $1 billion in research funding received annually, UCSD offers popular programs in social sciences, engineering, and biology. More than 650 companies have been launched using technology produced by UCSD faculty and alumni. UCSD is affiliated with UC San Diego Health, ranked among the top healthcare systems in the nation for advanced specialty care. The school has 24 fraternities and 19 sororities and more than 500 clubs and organizations. Among school, traditions are the summer watermelon drop, which produced a splat of 81 feet 2 inches in 2018. Alumni include GoPro founder Nick Woodman and 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine winner Bruce Beutler. The UCSD Tritons compete in the NCAA’s Division II.

The University of Edinburgh
#29 University of Edinburgh
Country/ Region: United Kingdom
2019 global ranking: 29
2018 global ranking: 27

University of Washington
#28 University of Washington
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 28
2018 global ranking: 25
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington, Seattle, is the flagship of the three-campus University of Washington system. For out-of-state students looking for a highly regarded public research university in the West, UDub is easier to get into than UC Berkeley and UCLA. UDub offers 180 majors in 79 departments. Its Foster School of Business offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. In the past five years, UDub students have created 86 startups and the school’s CoMotion building houses a startup incubator. More than 8,400 undergraduates participate in research every year. There are 800 student organizations on campus and the Washington Huskies compete in the Pac-12 Conference of the NCAA Division I. Alumni include MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, Costco founder Jeffrey Brotman, and Apple Chairman Arthur D. Levinson.

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#27 New York University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 27
2018 global ranking: 27
New York University is the largest independent private research university in the U.S., encompassing 20 schools, colleges, and divisions, including the highly regarded Stern School of Business and Tisch School of the Arts. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, NYU has expanded overseas, with comprehensive degree-granting liberal arts campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and study away sites and programs in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Prague, Sydney, and Tel Aviv, among others. As of fall 2017, minorities and international students made up 63% of the undergraduate student body. More than 45 faculty members have won Guggenheim Fellowships since 2008, and 68 students have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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#26 London School of Economics and Political Science
Country/ Region: United Kingdom
2019 global ranking: 26
2018 global ranking: 25
The London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. We are ranked No. 1 in the U.K. for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). Our world-leading academics in the department of management produce original and robust research insights with the aim of deepening society’s understanding of management. We share articles founded on academic thought to inform and inspire better management practice.

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#25 Northwestern University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 25
2018 global ranking: 20
Northwestern University is a private research university in Evanston, IL. Its first classes began in the fall of 1855 with two faculty members and 10 students. Today it is considered one of the Midwest’s most elite schools, with a more pre-professional approach than its nearby rival University of Chicago. It offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors, and students can study in Evanston or on its campus in Chicago and Doha, Qatar. It also has academic extensions in Miami, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. Its well-regarded Medill School of Journalism has both undergraduate and graduate programs. Its law school, medical school and Kellogg School of Management rank among the nation’s best. Northwestern is home to 90 school-based centers and 53 research centers, and it’s $10.45 billion endowments is among the nation’s richest. Northwestern raises more than $675 million in annual research funding.

Carnegie Mellon University
#24 Carnegie Mellon University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 24
2018 global ranking: 24
Carnegie Mellon University, a private research university in Pittsburgh, PA, is the nation’s only top technical institution that is equally strong in the arts. Both the architecture school and the College of Fine Arts integrate technology into the curriculum. Founded in 1900 by steel tycoon and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the school’s longtime focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is well known; sixty-two percent of students graduate in a STEM field. Carnegie Mellon has nearly 90 majors, programs and minors within its six undergraduate schools. Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science was one of the first devoted solely to computer science and in 2016, nearly half the class was women.

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#23 National University of Singapore
Country/ Region: Singapore
2019 global ranking: 23
2018 global ranking: 22
Headquartered in Singapore with programs across Southeast Asia, NUS hopes to train the next leaders of Asia’s major companies. NUS professors come from universities all over the world, including Oxford, Harvard, and MIT. NUS shares a dual-degree executive program with UCLA that takes students to Singapore, Shanghai, Bangalore, and Los Angeles. The business school was nearly impossible to get into in recent years with only 2.4% of 4,667 applicants accepted for the class of 2010. But applications are down significantly since then, pushing up the acceptance rate to 20% for the most recent class.

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#22 Tsinghua University
Country/ Region: China
2019 global ranking: 22
2018 global ranking: 30
Originally founded as a liberal arts college in 1911, Tsinghua is a leading STEM institution in Asia today and is often called “China’s MIT”. Over 15,000 Chinese undergraduates and about 3,500 international students are enrolled. Every year, around 3300 high school graduates are accepted from a pool of over 8 million. Over 90% of enrollees pursue STEM-related fields. The school launched the Schwarzman Scholarship last year with the goal of selecting 160 foreign scholars annually to work towards a Master’s Degree in public policy, international relations, engineering, and economics. China’s current President Xi Jinping is a Tsinghua graduate.

University of Toronto
#21 University of Toronto
Country/ Region: Canada
2019 global ranking: 21
2018 global ranking: 22.

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#20 University of Michigan
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 20
2018 global ranking: 21
One of the nation’s elite public universities, the University of Michigan has superior academics, strong athletics, and an army of loyal alumni. Students can choose from more than 260 areas of study across 19 schools and colleges, and 1,500 clubs and organizations. More than 20% of students participate in Greek life. UM, students and faculty produce extensive research. Example: its Solar Car Team has won six consecutive national championships and finished in the top three of six world championships. There are 15 programs and centers for entrepreneurship on campus and more than 30 entrepreneurial student organizations. The Michigan Wolverines have won 36 overall NCAA titles, including 11 in football. Michigan Stadium, known as The Big House, has the largest capacity of any football stadium in the U.S., seating 110,000 fans.

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#19 Cornell University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 19
2018 global ranking: 19
Cornell University in Ithaca, NY is the easiest of the eight Ivy League colleges to get into but Cornell students maintain that it’s the toughest place to stay enrolled. It’s also the only Ivy that is a private institution operating several public colleges. At the undergraduate level, Cornell has four private colleges including arts and sciences, engineering, and hotel administration. As a New York State land-grant university, Cornell has three colleges under contract with the state, including human ecology and the school of industrial and labor relations. Cornell’s graduate schools include business, law and engineering programs in Ithaca, and Weill Cornell medical school, with campuses in New York City and Doha, Qatar. Its technology-focused graduate school on New York City’s Roosevelt Island opened in 2017 in partnership with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Cornell offers 4,000 courses within its 80 undergraduate majors and 90 minors.

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#18 Duke University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 18
2018 global ranking: 17
Duke University, a private research university in Durham, NC, is known for combining the top-tier academics of an Ivy League institution with the excellent sports teams and campus spirit of a large state school. Duke was formally founded in 1924, though a predecessor school, Trinity College, had operated in Durham since the 1890s. Today Duke’s campus is a scenic 8,693 acres with overseas locations in Singapore and China and a marine lab on a North Carolina island. Duke comprises ten schools. Duke undergraduates can study in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. The most popular majors are public policy, economics, and biology. There are more than 400 clubs and organizations on campus including 39 Greek chapters that more than 35% of students participate in. Duke is known for its powerhouse athletics; the Blue Devils field 27 NCAA Division I varsity teams, who are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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#17 University of California, Los Angeles
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 17
2018 global ranking: 15
With more than 137,000 undergraduate applications for fall 2018, University of California, Los Angeles is the most applied to school in the country. Considered the second-best school in the U.C. system after Berkeley, it has strong academics across more than 125 majors and 80 minors and has produced 14 Nobel Laureates as well as 13 MacArthur Fellows. Its faculty and alumni helped create the Internet, pioneered reverse osmosis, and have played a central role in more than 140 companies with technology developed at UCLA. Alumni include YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, Francis Ford Coppola, Carol Burnett, Rob Reiner, and Arthur Ashe. The UCLA Bruins have won more than 100 NCAA titles and team members have brought home 261 Olympic medals.

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#16 Columbia University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 16
2018 global ranking: 14
Columbia University is an Ivy League institution in New York City. Founded in 1754, it is the oldest college in New York State and the fifth oldest in the country. It has 16 schools and nearly 150 areas of undergraduate, graduate, pre-professional, doctorate and interdisciplinary study. Columbia has more than 200 academic institutes and centers, including the Harriman Institute, one of the leading research facilities for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. The 19 libraries on campus hold more than 13 million volumes plus more than 160,000 journals. Undergraduate students must complete a core curriculum that includes courses in literature, humanities, contemporary civilization, and the frontiers of science and they also must pass a swimming test. A quarter of Columbia’s undergraduates are members of minority groups, and 17% come from outside the U.S. The Columbia Journalism Review is published by the Graduate School of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prizes are administered and awarded by Columbia. The university’s endowment surpassed $10 billion in 2018. Columbia has more than 400 student clubs and organizations, including 28 Greek chapters, plus 31 NCAA Division I varsity teams. Notable alumni include former Presidents Barack Obama and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kraft Group CEO Robert Kraft, poet Langston Hughes, and aviator Amelia Earhart. Dwight Eisenhower was president of Columbia before he became President of the United States.

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#15 University of California, Berkeley
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 15
2018 global ranking: 18
Founded in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley is the oldest and most selective of the nine research universities with undergraduate programs in the University of California system. Berkeley students have a long history of activism, from the Free Speech movement to anti-Vietnam war protests to demonstrations against apartheid South Africa. The campus still attracts students who want to be civically engaged. The academic atmosphere is also intense. Students can choose among more than 160 undergraduate majors. Berkeley faculty have included atomic bomb developer J.R. Oppenheimer and former chair of the Federal Reserve Board Janet Yellen, while current faculty include four Pulitzer Prize winners, seven Nobel Prize recipients, and 13 Fulbright scholars.

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#14 UCL
Country/ Region: United Kingdom
2019 global ranking: 14
2018 global ranking: 16

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#13 University of Pennsylvania
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 12
2018 global ranking: 10
The University of Pennsylvania is a private research university in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, Penn was designed to emphasize practical education and service. In 1881, it launched Wharton, the nation’s first collegiate business school, which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. More so than at the seven other schools in the Ivy League, at Penn, pre-professional degrees share center stage with the liberal arts through its nursing and engineering schools, in addition to Wharton.

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#12 Johns Hopkins University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 12
2018 global ranking: 13
Johns Hopkins University is the first research university in the country. It was established in 1876 in Baltimore, MD, and named for philanthropist and abolitionist John Hopkins. More than a third of Hopkins students study abroad. JHU offers more than 50 majors, and biomedical engineering, writing seminars, public health, and neuroscience are among the most popular. JHU spent $2.4 billion on research in fiscal 2016. Students participate in more than 300 student organizations and intramural sports. Alumni and faculty include 36 Nobel Laureates, 52 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, seven recipients of the Lasker Medical Research Award, six MacArthur Fellows, two Presidential Medal of Freedom winners and one Pulitzer Prize winner. The first implantable, rechargeable pacemaker was invented at JHU in 1972.

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#11 ETH Zurich
Country/ Region: Switzerland
2019 global ranking: 11
2018 global ranking: 10.

University of Chicago
#10 University of Chicago
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 10
2018 global ranking: 9
Created in 1890 thanks to major funding from oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago is one of the most prestigious and academically rigorous universities in the country. The school’s faculty and alumni have been responsible for advancing the study of economics, and its physics department created the first sustained nuclear reaction which occurred under the supervision of renowned physicist Enrico Fermi as part of the Manhattan Project. UChicago has produced 90 Nobel laureates, 50 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipients, along with numerous Rhodes, Fulbright, and Goldwater Award winners. UChicago has some 50 majors and 30 minors and more than 350 clubs.

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#9 Imperial College London
Country/ Region: United Kingdom
2019 global ranking: 9
2018 global ranking: 8
Imperial College London offers a 12-month MBA program in a global center for business. One of the highlights of the program is the Global Experience Week where the class travels to another country for an intensive week-long trip exploring a new culture and business in an international context. The 2015-16 class visited China with Vietnam the locale for last year’s class. The cost is included in the $60,000 tuition. Imperial draws nearly half of its student body from Asia.

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#8 Yale University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 8
2018 global ranking: 12
One of the world’s most prestigious, elite universities, Yale is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S., chartered in 1701. After Harvard, it has the lowest admit rate among the eight schools in the Ivy League. While Yale has 12 professional schools and a graduate school of arts and science, it maintains a focus on the undergraduate at Yale College. The 14 residential colleges on Yale’s Gothic-style campus in New Haven serve as the residential and social hub for undergrads. Yale College offers thousands of courses in 81 major programs. The most popular major is history, followed by political science, biology, English and economics. Yale University Library, which holds more than 15 million volumes, is the third-largest university collection in the U.S. Yale is famous for its secret societies, including Scroll and Key and Skull and Bones, which only started admitting women in 1991.

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#7 Princeton University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 7
2018 global ranking: 7
Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, was founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey. It is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S., one of just nine colleges established before the American Revolution, and one of eight schools in the Ivy League. Its students have access to more than 50 academic programs in more than 30 departments, and its most popular majors include English, computer science, economics, history, and operations research and financial engineering. Princeton’s central campus, which stretches over 500 acres, has been named by Travel & Leisure as one of the most beautiful in the United States. One of the world’s foremost research libraries, Princeton University Library has nine campus locations, including its main library, the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library. Its holdings include more than 10 million books, five million manuscripts, two million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, images, audio, video, and online resources in more than 200 languages.

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#6 Harvard University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 6
2018 global ranking: 6
Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest higher education institution in the country. Located in Cambridge, MA, Harvard has carried on a gold-standard tradition of quality academics and prestige for nearly four centuries. Its undergraduates can choose from 50 concentrations, take advantage of countless research opportunities, or delve into the books at the largest academic library in the world. Harvard students come from every American state and more than 80 foreign countries; the school’s admissions policy ensures that all admitted students will be able to afford their education. It has the largest academic endowment in the world, at $37.1 billion. Harvard places all freshmen in special dorms in and near Harvard Yard, then assigns them to one of 13 residential communities for their final three years.

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#5 California Institute of Technology
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 5
2018 global ranking: 3
The California Institute of Technology is a private university in Pasadena, CA. Founded as a preparatory and vocational school in 1891, Caltech’s curriculum has a strong emphasis on engineering, science, and math. It has six academic divisions and 27 majors. Nearly 95% of undergraduate students participate in research. Caltech has 18 varsity teams that compete in the NCAA’s Division III and 80% of students are on either intercollegiate, club, intramural or informal sports teams. There are more than 150 student clubs on campus and no Greek organizations. Two out of three undergraduates play at least one musical instrument or sing in a club. Caltech is the setting for the television show The Big Bang Theory.

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#4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 4
2018 global ranking: 5
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, MA is a magnet for highly competitive, engaged, brainy students. Since its founding, in 1861, it has produced numerous scientific advances, from radar to 3D printing to decoding the human genome. Its highly accomplished graduates and faculty have racked up more than 89 Nobel Prizes,15 Turing Awards, and two Fields Medals, and its alumni include billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston and Khan Academy founder Salman Khan. More than half of MIT undergraduates study engineering, but the school also has leading programs in economics, political science and management and the faculty includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz. Unlike most top colleges, MIT does not give any preference in admissions to the children of alumni.

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#3 Stanford University
Country/ Region: United States
2019 global ranking: 3
2018 global ranking: 3
Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, CA, near Palo Alto. Founded in 1891, Stanford’s nearly unmatched selectivity and prestige make it a sunnier alternative to its older Ivy League cousins on the East Coast. Stanford’s proximity to Silicon Valley gives its student body an entrepreneurial bent; the most popular course of study is computer science, followed by biology and engineering. Stanford is a major hub for research, with more than 6,000 externally sponsored projects and a $1.6 billion research budget in the 2017-18 academic year. Students at Stanford, most of whom live on the school’s picturesque 8,180-acre campus, also enjoy a rich extracurricular life, with more than 600 registered student organizations, including Greek life. Notable past students make up a virtual directory of Silicon Valley A-listers including billionaires Elon Musk, Laurene Powell Jobs, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Reed Hastings, Peter Thiel, and Evan Spiegel, in addition to Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

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#2 University of Cambridge
Country/ Region: United Kingdom
2019 global ranking: 2
2018 global ranking: 2
The famous British university that dates back to the 13th century established its business school in 1990. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the business school’s central building in 1995. The school also opened three other buildings named the Ark, the Gallery, and the Castle. Located in Cambridge, England—a half-hour train ride outside of London—the school sits in a burgeoning tech hub. Dubbed Silicon Fen in reference to Silicon Valley, Cambridge is now home to several electronics and biotechnology companies. Students work with local startups on consulting projects in their first 3 months at Judge.

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#1 University of Oxford
Country/ Region: United Kingdom
2019 global ranking: 1
2018 global ranking: 1

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