Universities around the world have been ranked based on indicators that assess academic research performance as well as global and regional reputations. Students can use these rankings to learn about higher education options available outside of their home countries. The following is a list of the top 10 best universities in the world according to US News
10. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (USA)
Johns Hopkins University is a private university that was founded in 1876. The institution includes campuses in and around Baltimore and the District of Columbia, as well as in Italy and China. The major location for students is the Homewood campus in north Baltimore. The majority of the university’s schools follow a semester-based academic schedule, with some giving an additional three-week study term in January. English is the language of teaching. Undergraduate students are expected to reside in university accommodation for the first two years of their studies. Graduate students, with the exception of those enrolled at the school’s Peabody Institute, a conservatory, are not accommodated.
9. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (USA)
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) was founded in 1891 as Throop University and obtained its current name in 1920. The school focuses on science and engineering and is located in Pasadena, California, about 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Caltech has around 2,200 students, with approximately 55% of them pursuing graduate studies. At 3:1, the student-faculty ratio is quite low. International students make up more than one-fourth of Caltech’s overall enrolment. The academic calendar at the school is based on the quarter system, and English is the medium of teaching.
8. UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (UK)
The University of Cambridge, located around 60 miles north of London, dates back to 1209. Around 19,000 students attend the university, with more than 35% pursuing graduate degrees. There are six schools: arts and humanities, biological sciences, clinical medicine, humanities, and social sciences, physical sciences, and technology. These schools are made up of a number of academic departments and other divisions. The academic year at Cambridge is divided into three terms: Michaelmas (fall), Lent (winter), and Easter (spring). At the university, English is the language of instruction.
7. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (USA)
The University of Washington is a public research university that was founded in 1861. The school’s oldest and largest campus, in terms of enrolment, is in Seattle, Washington’s largest city. In 1990, the university established two smaller campuses in Bothell and Tacoma, Washington. Around 70% of the university’s students – across all three campuses – are undergraduates. Nonetheless, the enormous university provides more than 370 graduate-level programs. Tuition is greater for non-Washington residents, and university housing is offered for both undergraduate and graduate students. The academic calendar at UW is quarter-based, and English is the language of teaching.
6. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (USA)
Columbia University is a private institution that was founded in 1754. It is situated on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Originally known as King’s College, the institution was given its current name in 1896. Around 30% of Columbia students are undergraduates, while almost 30% of the entire student body is foreign. More than 90% of undergraduate students reside on campus, and some university housing is offered for graduate students as well. The academic calendar at Columbia is semester-based, and English is the language of teaching.
5. UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (UK)
The exact date of the University of Oxford‘s founding is unknown, but the school can be traced back to at least 1096. Oxford is about 60 miles northwest of London, and graduate students make up about 45 percent of the student body. More than half of Oxford’s graduate students conduct research as part of their studies. Oxford conducts research in all four of its academic divisions: humanities, mathematics, physical and life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. Oxford’s academic year is divided into three eight-week terms: Michaelmas (fall), Hilary (spring), and Trinity (summer). The language of instruction at the university is English.
4. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (USA)
The University of California is located in the Bay Area, about 15 miles from San Francisco. The public institution, usually known as Berkeley or Cal, was established in 1868. More than 70% of Berkeley students are undergraduate students. The institution is split into 14 colleges and schools, including the highly regarded Haas School of Business, the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, the School of Public Health, and the School of Law. The academic year is divided into semesters, and English is the language of teaching.
3. STANFORD UNIVERSITY (USA)
Stanford University was established in 1885 and is located in the Bay Area of California, approximately 30 miles south of San Francisco. Moreover half of the students are graduate students. The institution is made up of seven schools, several of which are well regarded for graduate study. Humanities and sciences, earth sciences, and engineering are the three schools that provide both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Only graduate-level degrees are offered by the business, law, education, and medical schools. The academic calendar at Stanford is based on the quarter system, and English is the language of teaching.
2. MASSACHSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (USA)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), founded in 1861, is located near Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Around 11,000 students attend the institution, with roughly 60% of them pursuing graduate degrees. Architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science are the five schools of MIT. At MIT, English is the language of teaching. The academic year is organized in a 4-1-4 format, including a four-week “Independent Activities Period” in January. Undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, staff, and alumni take part in forums, lecture series, recitals, and other special events during this time.
1. HAVARD UNIVERSITY (USA)
Harvard University, established in 1636, is the United States’ oldest higher education institution. The majority of Harvard students are graduate students, and more than 20% of the student body is international. Harvard University is centered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, although it also maintains institutions in neighboring Boston, such as the Harvard Medical School. The institution has the highest endowment of any school in the world. More than 100 centers at Harvard conduct studies in a variety of subjects.