Top 50 Best universities in the World Latest Ranking

Of the top 50 universities in the world, 32 universities are from United states, 7 are from United Kingdom. Other countries like Japan, France and Germany has at least two universities each from their country.

Some countries like China, Africa continent as a whole has no universities at the top of the ranking. Below is the top 50 universities in the world and what made them thick according to their descending order.

1. Harvard University ……………….. 1st in USHarvard University Image

By far no university has ever dare Harvard University in rank of world best university, world richest university, or world famous university in the history of the Shanghai rankings. Harvard university has only lost her first position to other university like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in specific departments.

For instance Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  is the world best university for economics. However, Harvard University is the standard by which all other research universities are measured.  Harvard university  has produced 47 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state, and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners. It boasts the largest academic library in the world (Widener Library, home to some 6 million volumes), as well as leading medical, law, and business schools. The school also has an integrated alumni network that stretches around the globe.

Harvard university  was founded 1636, being the oldest school in the world’s richest nation (United State of American), and it has capitalized on the benefits this grants. Given the many wealthy individual the school has produced, the school has capitalized on same to be the world richest university of ages. The school’s endowment fund grew from $4.6 billion to $25.8 billion in 15 years. Today, the university possesses over $36 billion, and its fortune is still growing.

The school’s principal claim on number one position lies in the fact that it is at the top in nearly every field across the entire spectrum of the sciences and the humanities! It would be invidious to single out any of Harvard’s many academic departments for its excellence, as the best.

2. Stanford University ………………………. [2nd in U.

Stanford University ImageStanford  university is the second  best university in the world and has made name in the world of medicine and medical laboratory. Stanford university 1,189 acre Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve lets scientists study ecosystems first hand. The school has 150-foot radio telescope, nicknamed “The Dish,” studies the ionosphere.

Stanford has also stand in the faculty of social science and humanities. The school is also affiliated with the prestigious Hoover Institution, which is one of the nation’s leading social, political, and economic think tanks.

Stanford also stands out given the number of professionals in the school. The school’s faculty currently include 22 Nobel Laureates, 51 members of the American Philosophical Society, three Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, 158 National Academy of Science members, five Pulitzer Prize winners, and 27 MacArthur Fellows. The school is the choice of many rich individual both Americans and foreigners.

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) … [3rd in U.S.]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ImageMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was established 1861 in United state of American. The school has from its inception become the world’s preeminent science research center. The school is the best choice school in the world for economics, the school has modern econometric laboratories where economic policies are tested over time.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is known for her pragmatic approach that uses first-class methodologies to tackle world-class problems. This pragmatic creativity has produced legions of scientists and engineers, as well as 80 Nobel Laureates, 56 National Medal of Science winners, 43 MacArthur Fellows, and 28 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners.

The school’s is the third richest school in the world with more than $10 billion endowment. This is why MIT Press can publish 30 prestigious journals and 220 state-of-the-art books every year. Since 1899, MIT Technology Review has continuously researched developing trends in the industrial sciences and other related fields, making their publications essential for anyone trying to understand where future innovation is headed.

MIT also like Harvard university produce great numbers of prominent leaders in American and the world at large, like Noam Chomsky, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke among others.

4. University of California at Berkeley … [4th in U.S.]

(Berkeley, CA,

alifonia at Berkeley ImageUniversity of California has remain unique for being the largest producer of research students more than any other university in united state. The school also is owned by the state government. The school is the fourth largest university in the world, which draws student from more 100 nations of the world.

The school has also stand out given the large volume of her academics programme. An impressive selection of talented students, producing more Ph.D.’s annually than any other U.S. institution. Student research is encouraged as each year 52 percent of seniors assist their professors in their research.

The school has produced 39 members of the American Philosophical Society, 77 Fulbright Scholars, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 22 Nobel Laureates (eight of whom are current faculty members).

5 University of Cambridge ……………… [5th in the world/ 1st in UK]

Cambridge, UK

University of Cambridge ImageCambridge is the best university in Britain and fifth in the whole world. The school is among the oldest university in the world, founded in 1209. The school is often called an ancient school with good number of ancient art work.

Given her historic nature and precedence, Cambridge university has produce renowned scientist and stand out history makers in the  world. The roster of great scientists and mathematicians associated with the university includes Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, James Clerk Maxwell, Augustus De Morgan, Ernest Rutherford. Others includes: G.H. Hardy, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Alan Turing, Francis Crick, James Watson, Roger Penrose, and Stephen Hawking.

University of Cambridge great achievements are not restricted to the sciences only. The institution has produce standout economist and humanitarian like;  John Maynard Keynes, John Milton, Desiderius Erasmus, G.E. Moore, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and C.S. Lewis, among dozens of other great names, taught and studied here.

The institution also stands out in the area of physics, computer science, or the codifying of biology. Its more 18,000 students which is cut across over 135 countries and its faculty have earned over 80 Nobel laureates.

University of Cambridge does not only enjoy past glory, but the university remains one of the world’s elite research institutions, with only Oxford to rival it in the U.K. and only a handful of American schools able to do so from overseas.

6 Princeton University  … [5th in U.S/6th in the world]

Princeton, NJ, USA

Princeton University ImagePrinceton University  like Harvard university is one of the oldest in the United States. The university has been known for her historic record and academic success. Princeton University   is among third most richest university in united state. The school’s nearly three-century history has given it ample time to develop an impressive $18.2 billion endowment.

But unlike the other big institutions it competes with— such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford—Princeton spreads its considerable wealth across a far smaller number of students and programs.

Research reveal that Princeton university does not have many big time course/school, medical school, business school, or divinity school. Instead of the school focus on developing professional programs, it has self-consciously evolved into a massive, research-driven think tank.

Princeton university unlike other schools deploy its professors to teach students of various academic levels instead of directing their elite faculties’ attention towards graduate students. The school also challenge its students with a difficult grading scale. This has made many of the school graduates so tough in the real world.

7 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) … [6th in U.S./ 7nd in the world]

California, USA

California Institute of Technology ImageCalifornia Institute of Technology (Caltech) of has stand out especially with her decent student/faculty ratio. Few schools can beat Caltech’s three-to-one ratio. This student/teacher ratio has made many of the school graduate to remain prominence in the world of academic excellence.

The school faculty produce at least 33 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science recipients, 13 National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients, and 111 National Academy of Science members.

But to gain access to this prestigious collection of brilliant professors you will have to be the best of the best. Six thousand six hundred twenty-five applicants compete to be one of the 226 members of the freshman class—which is why 98 percent of the student body graduated in the top 10 percent of their class.

These students and teachers can also study at some of the school’s world-famous research centers, such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Seismological Laboratory, and the International Observatory Network.

Columbia University … [7th in U.S/8th in the world]

Columbia University imageColumbia University is one of the oldest university in the world and the fifth oldest school in the United States, Columbia has a lot of history. The school is also one of the rich elite university in united state, with an $8.2 billion endowment and a library containing nearly 13 million volumes.

The university has stand out in medicine, the university’s medical school; the College of Physicians and Surgeons, was established in 1767. The university has produced the first M.D.’s in the 13 colonies. The school now graduates nearly 1,400 doctors per year. The school has produced 82 Nobel Prize winner at some point in their careers.

The university is spread across five distinct campuses in New York City, including Columbia College, the undergraduate division. The school is highly competitive to gain admittance. In 2013, 26,376 students applied for 1,751 admittances to Columbia College.

Columbia is the leading university in the New York metropolitan area, which gives its students numerous unique opportunities that only proximity to Wall Street, the U.N., Broadway, and other epicenters of finance, politics, and culture can bring.

University of Chicago … [8th in U.S/9th in the world ]

University of Chicago ImageUniversity of Chicago is one of the youngest elite universities in the world. The university was established in. But despite its youth, the school has spearheaded many of the world’s most important scientific achievements.

It was in the school that Italian physicist Enrico Fermi created the world’s first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in 1942. At the same time, it was at Chicago that Stanley Miller and Harold Urey demonstrated in 1952 that amino acids essential to life could be produced starting from simple molecules such as methane and ammonia, thus founding the entire field of what has come to be known as “origin of life” research, and many other achievement on the record of the school.

The university has produced 89 Nobel Prize winners, 22 have been in economics, which is remarkable given that the economics prize was only first awarded in 1969. The school’s approximately worth $7 billion and is now rapidly growing once more, assuring the continuation of the ample research opportunities.

The university also possesses great depth, with elite programs in the humanities and the social sciences, including its world-renowned Economics Department and its interdisciplinary gathering of highly distinguished thinkers known as the Committee on Social Thought.

Oxford University   ………………….  [10th in the world/2nd in UK]

Oxford University ImageOxford University is among the oldest elites university as early as 13th century and have remain significant among the elites university in the world. Oxford university has played significant role in English language as one in five people who learn English worldwide do so with Oxford University Press materials.

This international appeal may explain why almost 40 percent of the student body comes from outside the U.K. Perhaps more than any other school in the world, Oxford’s name has become synonymous with knowledge and learning. This is because the school runs the world’s largest—and arguably most prestigious—academic press, with offices in over 50 countries.

The university is highly competitive, as it among best student choice. Every year thousands of undergraduate students willing to pay full tuition and all that fail to be admitted.  The university is competing with Harvard for the most popular school in the whole world.

Oxford’s academic community includes 80 Fellows of the Royal Society and 100 Fellows of the British Academy. Over 17,200 people applied for 3,200 undergraduate places in 2014.

Yale University ………..… [9th in U.S/11th in the world]

Yale University ImageYale University is ranked among the first ten university in US, it richly endowed with enormous resources for research. The school is one of the eight original Ivy League schools; it has a $20 billion endowment; and roughly one in six of its students come from foreign nations.

Yale university have a huge influence on American politics. Numerous major U.S. political careers have begun at Yale—the school’s notorious Skull and Bones secret society has produced three Presidents—and Yale Law School has been the preeminent law school in the country for years.

Like many other elite institutions develop their areas of specialization; be it Caltech’s and MIT’s focus on science and technology or Princeton’s focus on pure research. Yale university is not an exemption, the school is equally dominant in the humanities, the sciences, and the learned professions.

The university’s research centers address topics as varied as Benjamin Franklin’s writings, bioethics, magnetic resonance research, and the Russian archives. The university also has a flexible alumni network that reach every path  of the globe.

University of California (UCLA) … [10th in U.S/12th in the world]

(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

niversity of California ImageUniversity of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is one the youngest elites university in Us, the school was established in 1919. The university receives more applications than any other school in America. With over 72,000 applications for the fall of 2012 alone.

The school is worth roughly around $3 billion and a budget exceeding $4.5 billion. Its substantial research funds are a part of the reason why over 100 companies have been created based on technology developed at the school.

The university has also stand out in academic record, it claim 13 Nobel Laureates, 12 Rhodes Scholars, 12 MacArthur Fellows, 10 National Medal of Science winners, three Pulitzer Prize winners, and a Fields Medalist.

UCLA has also produced numerous athletic achievements, with over 111 NCAA championships, 110 professional athletes, dominance over the No. 1 pick in the major league drafts, and 250 Olympic medals.

Cornell University … [11th in U.S/13th in the world]

(Ithaca, NY, USA)

Cornell University ImageCornell University is among the best university in the world with many satellite campus outside the school campus. Thus, in many ways Cornell university has both the air of a quaint college nestled in the woods and the endless opportunity characteristic of urban centers.

The university runs one of the nation’s leading medical schools in New York City. Moreover, the university is among the most active schools in seeking out international connections. In 2001, it started the first American medical school outside the states, in Qatar, and continues to develop strong ties with China, India, and Singapore.

The Cornell university is building itself into a transnational hub of intellectual inquiry. It has also developed multiple interdisciplinary research centers in nanotechnology, biotechnology, genomics, and supercomputing.

The university was also the first to build entire colleges for hotel administration, labor relations, and veterinary medicine.

14 University of California at San Diego … [12th in U.S/14th in the world]

University of California at San Diego ImageUniversity of California is also among  the young elites universities in Us. The institution was established in 1960, and has remain in the frontier of knowledge. In-state students pay only $13,302 for tuition, and even out-of-state students will typically save $10,000 or more per year.

With an average of $750 million endowment and over 30,000 students, no one would ever expect that the University of California at San Diego is younger than many of its faculty members.

The school is one of the 10 largest centers for scientific research in America, which is why it has attracted 16 Nobel Laureates to teach there during the past 50 years.

On 650 companies had in one time or the other launched or utilize technology developed at UC San Diego. This propensity for innovation has been especially productive in the increasingly lucrative field of biotechnology.

Despite being ranked 14th best university in the world, UC San Diego is also ranked 15th for scientific impact (according to the Center for Science and Technology Studies), sixth for happiest freshmen in America (CBS News), and first for positive impact on the world (Washington Monthly).


15 University of Washington … [13th in U.S/15th in the world]

University of Washington ImageUniversity of Washington has stand out among the elites university, despite that the university is owned by state. The university on average has about $2.1 billion endowment combines with 54,000 students paying school tuition via three campuses and distance learning.

University of Washington is also a big notch in undergraduate student  and teachers ratio. They enjoy a low 11:1 student-to-teacher ratio, as well as an annual undergraduate research symposium. The university also boasts an impressive 93 percent freshman retention rate.

The university runs several highly respected professional schools in medicine, engineering, business, and law. This combination makes the school a top-notch research center available to the masses.

The university has also launched multiple prominent social research centers such as the Diversity Research Institute, the Center for Women’s Health and Gender Research, the Institute for Ethnic Studies in the U.S, and the West Coast Poverty Center.

The school has equally produced 35 Rhodes Scholars and seven Marshall Scholars. Moreover, four current professors and three alumni have won the Nobel Prize, and over 130 have become Fulbright Scholars.


16 University of Pennsylvania … [14th in U.S/16th in the world]

University of Pennsylvania ImageThe University of Pennsylvania (universally known as “Penn”) is an Ivy League school. The university dates back to 1740 established by Benjamin Franklin. Today, the university has become an integral part of the city of Philadelphia in united state.

Penn is also a top notch university with first-class thinkers power, the school has more than 100 research centers and institutes, and direct much of its $8 billion endowment.

Penn faculty include 84 Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 33 National Academy of Science members, 81 Institute of Medicine members, 175 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, 31 American Philosophical Society members, and 12 National Academy of Engineering members.

The university is extremely diverse in nature, of the class of 2017 enrolment, 50 percent of the student is made up of  black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American. The school owns 357 buildings spread over 994 acres, in addition to its own teaching hospital.

17 Johns Hopkins University … [15th in U.S/17th in the world]

Johns Hopkins University ImageJohns Hopkins university over the years of existence has proven its purpose of existence. The university from inception was designed to be at the forefront of scientific discovery.

Johns Hopkins university has made outstanding record in the areas medicine. The university operates what is widely regarded as the world’s leading medical school. As such, it has received more extramural National Institutes of Health awards than any other medical research institution in the country. As such the school receives more federal research funds than any other university.

But Johns Hopkins is much more than just a medical school. The university as a whole also receives more federal research and development dollars than any other school—which helps it to further such prestigious institutions as the School of Advanced International Studies, the Carey Business School, and the Whiting School of Engineering.

Its faculty members include 51 American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows, 61 Institute of Medicine members, 28 National Academy of Science members, and four Nobel Prize winners.

18 University of California at San Francisco … [16th in U.S/18th in the world]

University of California at San Francisco ImageUniversity of California at San Francisco unlike other major elites universities who take a broad approach to education with different departments dedicated to the study of law, art, and the humanities, in addition to science. Some—such as MIT or Cal Tech—are known for specializing in the natural sciences.

The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) is the world’s highest-ranked research university focused on only one field of study: namely medicine. The school is the only one within the 10-campus-wide University of California system dedicated solely to the health sciences.

University of California at San Francisco, however  lacks in versatility as it mainly focus on medical research. Its more than 3,000 students are divided into divisions studying medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or graduate research, each of which is commended as a national leader in its respective field.

UCSF’s  all-professional/graduate level student body lends a seriousness to the school often compromised at large state schools. Five Nobel Laureates teach at this $1.9 billion institution.

19 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) ………….. [19th in the world]

(Zurich, Switzerland)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ImageThe Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is widely known by its German acronym ETH. The university is the leading university in Switzerland and the highest-ranked school on the continent of Europe.

The university has stand out among other elites university in the areas of energy supply, risk management, city development, global food security, and international health. The university is well to the private sector, and as such, produces approximately 80 new patents every year.

The school also helps its scientists develop and market the products of their research, and has consequently paved the way for hundreds of spin-off companies. The location of the university has the reputation of a clean and pleasant place, which is why it has long been ranked as the city with the world’s highest standard of living.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology because of its diversities today draws over 18,000 students from roughly 80 countries (36.9 percent of its students are foreign), who study in both German and English. The university has equally produced twenty-one Nobel Laureates .

20 University College London  ………………….. [20th in the world/ 3rd in Uk]

(London, UK)

University College London ImageUniversity College London (UCL) is ranked among the best university in United Kingdom. It is state owned university with collaborative research effort with top notch university like Yale.

The university also is among the top notch in research in energy and engineering. The school runs multiple interdisciplinary research programs, such as the UCL Energy Institute, the UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry, and the UCL Cancer Institute.

The university also boast of quality high rank brains. Their ranks include 53 members of the Royal Society, 51 of the British Academy, 15 of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and 117 of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The university past and present students and faculty members have earned 29 Nobel Prizes (40, if you include research fellows and honorary graduates). Two alumni and one current faculty member have earned the coveted Fields Medal in mathematics.

As its name implies, University College London benefits from its location within the British capital and world-class city that is London.

21 University of Tokyo ……………….. [21st in the world/ 1st in Japan]

(Tokyo, Japan)

University of Tokyo ImageUniversity of Tokyo is not only the leading school in Japan, but also the leading school in all of Asia. The university like other top notch universities; Caltech, MIT, have wide range of faculties.

The university runs numerous research institutes studying multiple fields, including medical science, earthquakes, Asian culture, molecular bioscience, cosmic ray research, solid state physics, and environmental science. The school has produced seven Nobel Prize winners and one Field’s Medalist.

University of Tokyo has made many strides in an effort to become an internationally renowned research center. In 2012, the school developed PEAK, or “Programs in English at Komaba,” and now attracts students from over 100 nations.

The university has also fully utilized its strategic location in the world’s largest city, and has had a major impact on the domestic front. Fifteen Japanese Prime Ministers have come from University of Tokyo.

The school’s influence on the Japanese government has been so extensive that former Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa felt the need to order government agencies to reduce their percentages of University of Tokyo alumni to under 50 percent in order to promote diversity!

22 Imperial College London ……………. [21st in the world/ 4th in Uk]

(London, UK)

Imperial College London ImageImperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine is more like what MIT is to the U.S. The university focuses on the empirical disciplines. It ascended to prominence by absorbing several smaller institutions, including the Royal College of Chemistry, the Royal School of Mines, the Royal College of Science, and the City and Guilds College.

Along the way, multiple medical facilities also joined with Imperial College, until now the university represents a conglomeration of research centers spread out across several campuses. Today, Imperial College is divided into three main schools: Engineering; Natural Science and Medicine; and Business.

Imperial College’s faculty has laid claim to 14 Nobel Prizes, and the Queen and the Prime Minister share the same physician who teaches there.

Imperial College is also ideally situated to work alongside of University College London, and to tap into the massive political and economic power associated with the U.K.’s capital city.

23 University of Michigan … [17th in U.S/ 23 in the World]

(Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

University of Michigan ImageAs a state owned universities, University of Michigan’s stand out in medicine department. The university  runs one of the world’s largest health care facilities, gives its students first class computer access, and possesses a library system with holdings of over 10 million volumes altogether.

The university has wide range of network of students from over 120 countries. With 51,000 students and 5,600 faculty spread over three sites, the University of Michigan’s flagship campus is an extremely large research university with the expansive alumni network that such numbers grant.

Students have 17 distinct schools and colleges, 588 majors, over 600 student organizations, and a staggering 350 concerts and recitals annually to choose from. The pleasant college town of Ann Arbor was listed as the Number One College Town in 2010 by Forbes Magazine.

The university’s also has produce many Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellows, and Emmy Award recipients. Eight Nobel Prize winners number among the school’s alumni.

Michigan sends more undergraduates to medical school than any other school in America.

24 University of Toronto……………………. [24th in the world/ 1st in Canada]

(Toronto, ON, Canada)

University of Toronto ImageUniversity of Toronto is the leading Canadian research university and they are among the leading largest university in the world. Even by the standards of large state schools, this institution is utterly massive, with over 80,000 students, 20,000 faculty and staff, and 530,000 alumni around the world.

Students can choose from 215 different graduate, 60 professional, and more than 700 undergraduate degrees spread over three different campuses. The student body represent over 150 nations.

Toronto has 44 libraries with holdings of over 21 million in all. The school has an operating budget of C$1.9 billion and contributes C$15.7 billion to the Canadian economy every year.

Toronto has produced no fewer than 10 Nobel Prize winners, including the first two from Canada. Given its immense size and resources, coupled with the world-class intellects it attracts, it should come as no surprise that Toronto ranks second among North American universities for faculty publications and third for citations.

25 University of Wisconsin … [18th in U.S/25 in the world]

(Madison, WI, USA)

University of Wisconsin ImageThe University of Wisconsin’s is located at Madison. The university is also a public owned institution comprising 40,000 students divided into 13 schools and colleges, supported by a $2 billion-plus endowment (third in the U.S. for research expenditures).

Speaking of its impressive budget, the university has recently invested a lot of money in new facilities. In 2010, it built the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which is designed for biomedical research.

In 2012, it added a 200,000-square-foot addition to its Human Ecology Building. And in 2013, it opened the Wisconsin Energy Institute for advancing alternative energy technology. . For over 100 years, this school has also developed a tradition of public service.

Besides a vast collection of research programs directed towards more specific problems, the school’s Morgridge Center for Public Service has also engaged such broad social issues as poverty, inequality, and globalization.

26  Kyoto University ………………………. [26st in the world/ 2nd in Japan]

(Kyoto, Japan)

Nigerian Universities pictureKyoto University is the second leading university in Japan as well as the second university to be established at in 1897. Within a decade, the school added programs in science, engineering, law, medicine, and humanities.

Kyoto University is also recipient of major Japan donations. In 2007, Japanese entrepreneur Tetsuro Funai gave the school enough funding to establish the Tetsuro Funai Auditorium and the Funai Center.  Just three years later, Canon gave the school $4.89 million for the Advanced Medical Device Development and Clinical Research Center. Currently, the school has a $2.2 billion endowment.

The institution runs multiple research centers, including the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the Primate Research Institute, the Kosobe Conservatory, and the Seto Marine Biological Laboratory.

The university, which is divided among three campuses, now has 17 graduate schools, 14 research institutes, 21 research/educational centers, and 10 faculties.

Eight of the 22 Japanese Nobel Prize Laureates have been affiliated with Kyoto. The school is also home to two Fields Medalists, as well as Gauss Prize winners and recipients of the Japan Prize.

27 New York University ……… [19th in U.S/ 27th in the world]

(New York, NY, USA)

University of New YorkNew York University (NYU) enjoy cordial relationship with major universities outside united state. The university is as diverse as the city of New York in her academic excellence. The university can boast of Eight-seven different foreign nations and 48 states in its freshman class alone.

New York University (NYU), also sends more students abroad than any other American school. Even in the present unpredictable economic atmosphere, 83 percent of the graduating class leave with jobs. This number increases to 94 percent employed or in graduate school within six months of commencement.

Furthermore, the average starting salary of recent graduates is an impressive $53,350. Almost half of the graduating class will receive multiple job offers.

NYU has also expanded into two foreign countries, with campuses in Shanghai (China) and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Students can choose from over 230 areas of study and enjoy an intimate 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

28 Northwestern University … [20th in U.S/28th in the world]

(Evanston, IL, USA)

Yale University Image located at Evanston is among the rich elites school in USA, with an average of  $9.8 billion endowment. This is why the school can afford to utilize more than $500 million for research in a given year, and why its library can hold over 5 million items, including numerous journals and microforms.

The university 21,000 students enjoy three campuses, two of which are close to Lake Michigan, while the third resides in Doha, Qatar. These campuses house 12 schools and colleges.

Northwestern University employs a prestigious 3,344-strong full-time faculty that currently includes a Nobel Prize winner, MacArthur Fellowship winners, and Tony Award winners. The university is also known for its 19 teams’ presence within the Big Ten athletic conference.

Northwestern university also runs several major graduate research initiatives, including the Center for Global Health, the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, and the Global and Research Opportunities at Northwestern.


29 University of Illinois  …………… [21st in U.S/29 in the World]

(Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA)

Illinuos University imageUniversity of Illinois stands out in the area of technology development and advances in science. The University of Illinois has also taken stride steps through the kind of interdisciplinary research done at its Applied Research Institute.

This institute brings together a wide assortment of engineers. Also, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, unites a multitude of fields such as biology, computation, and physics. The university’s on average has $2 billion endowment.

The university also utilizes much more focused research programs, such as; the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the European Union Center.

This is why the University of Illinois, whose flagship campus is located at Urbana-Champaign, has produced 22 Noble Laureates and 22 Pulitzer Prizes. Famous Illinois alumni include many wealthy, successful people such as Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and two of You Tube’s three founders.

30 University of Minnesota  ……….… [22nd in U.S/ 30th in the World]

(Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, USA)

University of Minnesota ImageThe University of Minnesota is also among the most populated university in US,  with about 70,000 students, 25,000 faculty administering instruction. The school alumni network of over 400,000, Minnesota’s web of influence has encircled the globe. The school now impacts Minnesota’s economy to the tune of $8.6 billion annually.

The university combination of massive financial resources and legions of brilliant minds has given Minnesota and now has no less than 325 research centers and institutes, giving students the opportunity to pursue their passions no matter where they lead.

The university also maintain a giant stand in medical department; outside  its children’s hospital, the school also runs an extremely successful education program for students in grades K–12. This have allowed future educators, parents, and children to learn about learning while learning about everything else. As a result, Minnesota stands at the forefront of education research.

Duke University … [23rd in U.S/31st in the World]

(Durham, NC, USA)

Duke university ImageDuke university is often called the Ivy League of the South, its 14,600 students enjoy a first-class education in one corner of North Carolina. Duke university is especially known for its two most prestigious professional programs. The first is Duke’s medical program which includes the Duke University Health System, Medical School, Nursing School, and Duke Hospital, all working in partnership.

The second is the university’s well-rated law school, which consistently ranks among the top 10 in the country (and has never dropped out of the prestigious top 14). Given these two areas of expertise, it is not surprisingly that Duke runs one of the world’s most sought-after dual J.D./M.D. programs.

Duke university also operates Duke University Press, which publishes about 120 new books each year and maintains 30 academic journals. In addition, the school maintains 700 acres of undisturbed woods called Duke Forest, which serves as a natural laboratory.

32 Washington University … [24th in U.S/32nd in the World]

(St. Louis, MO, USA)

Princeton University Image is among the oldest privately owned  university. The university is located in St. Louis, near the confluence of the mighty Mississippi and majestic Missouri Rivers. U.S. News & World Report named the school first in social work and sixth among comprehensive medical schools, while Princeton Review named it seventh for best value in private colleges and eighth in top schools for entrepreneurs.

The U.S. Department of Education ranked Washington University 21st highest for freshman retention rate. Students enjoy an impressive 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

It was from here that Lewis and Clark set out on their great voyage of discovery in 1804; today, Washington University in St. Louis carries on in their tradition by extending the frontiers of knowledge.

The university’s faculty are among the most highly honored in the world, including three Pulitzer Prize winners, two Poets Laureate of the United States, 53 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 45 National Academy of Sciences members, 18 American Law Institute members, and 16 National Medal of Science winners. Twenty-four Nobel Laureates have also been affiliated over the years with Washington University in Saint Louis.

33 Rockefeller University ……………………… [25th in U.S/ 33rd in the World]

(New York, NY, USA)

Unlike most universities on this list who have wide range of area of specialization.University of Cambridge Image  Rockefeller university specializes in bioscience and medical research.

The areas of biology that its departments focus on range from stem cells to neuroscience, and from biochemistry to structural biology. The school also have wide network of professional at its disposal. The university has twenty-four Nobel Prizes winners.

Others may includes, 21 Lasker Awards, 20 National Medals of Science, 16 members of the Institute of Medicine, 33 members or foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences, and 18 recipients of the Canadian Gairdner International Award.

There are other schools that have faculties of comparable distinction spread out over all of their respective departments, but few schools can match Rockefeller University’s incredible concentration of talent within the frontiers of medical science.

34 University of Colorado … [26th in U.S/ 34th in the World]

(Boulder, CO, USA)

The University of Colorado, whose flagship campus is located in Boulder just north of students gradeDenver, sits against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains—one of the most spectacular settings of any college campus.

But there is much more to this university than beautiful scenery. The school boasts five Nobel Laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic societies.

The University of Colorado at Boulder has a humanitarian-driven outlook. It is one of the top five contributors to the Peace Corps and founded the first Engineers Without Borders chapter.

The University runs 11 different research institutes empowered by the more than $350 million in research funds awarded to faculty. The school offers 3,600 undergraduate courses in roughly 150 fields for 81 different degrees at the bachelor’s level alone.

University of Colorado students come from every state and over 100 foreign countries. They also participate in study-abroad programs in 65 different nations.

Colorado-Boulder alumni have found success in fields from theology and ethics (Baptist theologian Stanley J. Grenz) to statesmanship and politics (President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf).

35 Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI) [34th in the World]

(Paris, France)

Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI) is the leading university in France often calledPierre and Marie Curie University “Paris Six”. The school is the chief science and medicine faculty in Paris. The university has eighteen campuses that cut across four regions.

The school, with 10,500 staff members and 5,820 teacher-researchers in residence, produces over 6,700 publications and 745 theses each year. Paris VI spends €400 million on scientific research projects annually. Of the school’s 32,000 students, some 10,000 are studying science and 11,000 medicine.

The university has also built a network of marine biology labs around the world—making the school a leader in the field of oceanography—as well as the impressive Paris Astrophysics Institute and the respected Henri Poinacaré Institute.


36 University of North Carolina … [27th in U.S/ 36th in the World]

(Chapel Hill, NC, USA)

University of North Carolina (UNC) is the oldest public school in America, the University University of North Carolinacombines the long-standing traditions and prestige more typical of a private school with the economic heft and intellectual prowess of a big state school. The university has just under 30,000 students who routinely participate in 325 study-abroad programs in 70 countries.

The university was listed first on Princeton Review’s “Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges for 2014” list, ranked the fifth-best public school by U.S. News & World Report for the 14th straight year, and slotted #46 in the world according by London-based Times Higher Education.

UNC also cycles through a staggering number of research dollars. The National Institutes of Health awarded the university over $428 million in 2014, while another $141.5 million went to various UNC centers and institutes. Last year the university spent a total of $792.7 million on research supporting over 10,000 researchers, professors, scientists, and various other UNC staff.


37 University of British Columbia …………. [37th in the World/2nd in Canada]

(Vancouver, BC, Canada)

The University of British Columbia (UBC) remain a top notch university not only in Columbia University imageCanada but the world. The school enjoy great number of students and faculty members – over 58,000 students and 5,130 faculty members that contributes to its vast alumni network of over 300,000 people spread out over 120 countries.

The school is among rich universities, the school on average worth C$12.7 billion |
/8+of economic impact on a yearly basis, and uses a C$2 billion operating budget. Up until now, 158 different companies have spun off of UBC-financed research.

The school is spread across two campuses, the larger of which is located in Vancouver and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. The second campus is in the city of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley.

The University has consistently ranks among the world’s top 40 research universities, and likewise among the top 20 public universities. UBC’s more-than-ample library system has 15 divisions and over 7 million items.

The school has produced seven Nobel Laureates, 65 Olympic medals, 68 Rhodes Scholars, and 180 Royal Society of Canada members. Both Kim Campbell and Charles Joseph Clark—two of Canada’s Prime Ministers—also came out of UBC.

38 University of Manchester          ………………… [38th in the World/6th in UK]

(Manchester, UK)

The University of Manchester’s has over 38,000 students and over 4,400 academic andUniversity of Manchester’s research staff. This makes this university the largest single campus-university in the United Kingdom.

Alan Turing laid the conceptual foundations for the field of computer science at Manchester, and later on it was here that the world’s first supercomputer was built. This university is also responsible for the discovery of graphene. Britain’s Research Assessment Exercise found nearly two-thirds of Manchester’s work to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The school has many illustrious accomplishments to its credit, including 25 Nobel Laureates. Several famous scientific experiments were performed here, such as Ernest Rutherford’s historic Gold Foil Experiment proving that the so-called “atom” has an internal structure (a nucleus).

Manchester university has recently invested £750 million into upgrading its facilities, and plans to spend a further £1 billion by 2022. This will be the greatest investment ever implemented into any university in the U.K. Over 90 percent of graduates directly enter employment or further studies.

39 University of Texas … [28th in U.S/39th in the World]

(Austin, TX, USA)

University of Texas (UT) flagship campus is located in the state capital,  Austin—is the University of Manchester’sanchor of the Texas University System, which consists altogether of nine universities and six medical schools. UT-Austin is considered one of the Public Ivy League schools.

University of Texas research allowance is approaching $700 million annually, its operating budget is well over $2 billion, and its endowment is a whopping $6 billion.

The university is one of the fastest-growing institutions of higher learning in the U.S., with an ever-increasing population and business potential.

The university is populated with 51,000 students and 24,000 faculty members. The school’s faculty have earned rewards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Wolf Prize, and the National Medal of Science.

The school is very successful in the athletic arena, as well, where it competes within the well-known Big 12 Conference.

40 University of Copenhagen  ……. [1st in Denmark/39th in the World]

(Copenhagen, Denmark)

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest (Founded in 1479) and the second-largestSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Image University in Denmark. The university has over 38,000 students and 9,000 employees

The school is divided into six departments, namely medicine, law, humanities, theology, social science, and science. It runs over 100 research centers that cover topics as diverse as real-time language change, international courts, military studies, dark-matter cosmology, aging, and Søren Kierkegaard.

University of Copenhagen has produced many noteworthy historical figures, such as the great astronomers Tycho Brahe and Ole Rømer, Scandinavian, and especially Danish, Prime Ministers have graduated from the university. It is a member of the international Alliance of Research Universities and has produced eight Nobel Laureates.

The university continues to add to its rich history of intellectual and artistic achievement. For instance, the Copenhagen Orchestra that was founded in 2007has already established an impressive reputation as one of Europe’s top symphony orchestras.

41University of California at Santa Barbara … [29th in U.S/ 41 in the World]

(Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) is among young universities with University of California at Santa Barbaraamazing result. But in the last 60 years, it has surged onto the world scene and become internationally renowned.

The university’s 21,500 students and 1,100 faculty enjoy one of the most aesthetically stunning campuses in the world. Newsweek has written of UCSB: “If there’s a more beautiful campus than this one at the edge of the Pacific, we haven’t seen it.”

The university faculty include five Nobel Prize Laureates since 1998, as well as members of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering, as well as recipients of the Fields Medal and the Millennium Technology Prize.

These first-class intellects pursue research at the school’s 12 national research centers.

The university rapid rise to prominence was rewarded in 1995, when UCSB joined the 62-school Association of American Universities, an honor which less than two percent of North American Universities enjoy.

42 University of Paris-Sud (Paris XI) ) [2nd in France/34th in the World]


(Paris, France)

The University of Paris-Sud (also known as “Paris Onze”) is an ancient school founded inImperial College London Image the 12th century. It is in many ways reminiscent of the city it calls home.

Just as Paris is both one of the cultural capitals of the world and simultaneously advancing in the ever-evolving information age, so too Paris XI combines its historic linage with a bold future.

One hundred thirty-two nationalities are represented within the student body’s vibrant, 28,000-strong membership. The school also attracts 1,900 teachers and 2,500 researchers.

These people advance their work in over 100 laboratories and produce 5,000 international publications annually. Most of this body of work is cited at above the average rate. Paris XI has also produced two Nobel Prize Laureates and four Fields Medalists.

The university’s Industrial and Commercial Activity Office regularly produces 50 patents a year. Most of the patents are in cutting-edge hard science such as physics, engineering, and medicine.

Paris XI earns €19 million each year through contract research.


43 University of Maryland … [30th in U.S/43rd in the World]

(College Park, MD, USA)

The University of Maryland (UMD) is the leading research center in Mary land. University of Maryland flagship school is located on a beautiful 1250-acre campus in College Park, Maryland, which is effectively a suburb of WashingUniversity of Marylandton, D.C.

The school is only nine miles from the White House, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives. Students work with federal agencies, labs, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

In 2013, the school’s Food Recovery Network received its first large grant through Sodexo. Now, this organization provides food for hungry people in 53 colleges across 20 states.

UMD pioneered the hugely successful living-learning programs, which have given students hands-on experience in fields as diverse as entrepreneurship and cyber security.

The faculty includes members of various national academies, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Nobel Laureates. UMD researchers have worked alongside NASA on multiple space missions, including Voyagers I and II and the Deep Impact missions.

UMD’s environmental researchers are currently working to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

44 University of Melbourne ……………… [43th in the World]

(Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

The University of Melbourne is both the oldest and the leading university in Australia. University of Melbourne ImageThe school sits next to Melbourne’s center of commerce, and consequently benefits from all the culture and opportunity that a city which has been called “the fourth best city for college students” affords.

The University offers over 340 graduate tracks. One can study everything from professional degrees in law and medicine, to research programs in various sciences.

This is why every year 52,000 students—12,000 of whom are foreigners representing 129 different countries—come to Melbourne. This healthy research environment is one reason why Melbourne gave the world its first bionic ear and is currently developing the first bionic eye.

The school belongs to several prestigious university groups, such as the Asia-Pacific Rim and the Group of Eight. The university has refocused its research directives towards discerning three broad issues: our place/purpose, promoting well-being, and supporting sustainability.

Melbourne actively seeks to engage public discourse through its biennial Festival of Ideas and public lecture program.

45 University of Edinburgh

(Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest colleges in the Heidelberg University ImageEnglish-speaking world. Its list of historic luminaries includes Adam Smith, David Hume, Charles Darwin, James Clerk Maxwell, and Alexander Graham Bell.

The school has also produced heads of state for Canada, Malawi, Syria, Nicaragua, South Korea, Tanzania, and of course, the United Kingdom.

Edinburgh scientists cloned Dolly the Sheep (the first cloned mammal), while Peter Higgs created his theory of the Higgs Boson here. Scientists at this university created the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine, and helped design the first industrial-assembly robot.

Students can study 500 degree programs spread throughout 100 disciplines. Edinburgh has the largest proportion of international students (two-thirds of the world’s nations are represented in the student body) of any school in Scotland, and participates in many foreign exchange programs.

During the past five years, the school has invested £80 million in improving educational facilities. Students can enjoy all these opportunities right in the middle of Scotland’s beautiful capital.

46 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center … [31st in U.S.]

(Dallas, TX, USA)

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is the largest medical University of Texas imagetraining facility in the Texas University System. It trains over 4,700 students and postdoctoral fellows from the medical, graduate, and health professions every year. The school’s students and faculty care for 92,000 hospitalized patients and 2.1 million outpatients each year.

The school receives $415.5 million from various federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health. These funds support over 3,300 research projects.

Southwestern Medical has 13,800 employees utilizing a $2.3 billion operating budget. The faculty do not restrict their teaching to just students and fellows. They also teach 1,600 clinical residents and 63,000 physicians pursuing continuing education each year.

The graduate school runs 12 different degree programs covering every area of modern medicine. The current faculty hold six Nobel Prizes. In addition, 21 are members of the National Academy of Sciences and 19 are members of the Institute of Medicine.

47 Karolinska Institute  [38th in the World/7th in UK]

(Solna, Sweden)

For many scientists around the world, winning the Nobel Prize in their field is equivalentHeidelberg University image to an athlete’s winning an Olympic gold medal, or to a politician’s being elected President or Prime Minister.

Five researchers affiliated with the Karolinska have received the Nobel Prize, all right—but more interestingly, it is here that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded every year since 1895 (except during World War II).

This world-class medical science center—located in a suburb of Stockholm—produces over 40 percent of the medical research done in Sweden. It was here that in 1915 researchers discovered the sedimentation reaction (ESR), which remains a useful diagnostic tool to this day.

The Karolinska was also the first to develop methods for the production of pure insulin and non-toxic heparin and other blood thinners. The institute also conducted important studies on the impact of the fluoridation of drinking water on public health, the use radiation to examine blood vessels, and the purification of myoglobin.

Finally, it was here that the first pacemaker was implanted into a live person, and the foundations for mitochondrial medicine were laid.

This illustrious list of contributions to medicine continues unabated into the present and will continue for the foreseeable future.

48 University of California at Irvine … [32nd in U.S/ 48th in the World]

(Irvine, CA, USA)

The University of California at Irvine shares many traits with its sister schools in the University of Edinburgh imageUniversity of California public research system. It is young (founded in 1965) and large (over 29,000 students), and has rapidly climbed the ranks from an unknown entity to one of the world’s premier research universities.

Times Higher Education ranks UC Irvine as the number one university under 50 years old, and it was the youngest school to enter the Association of American Universities.

Its yearly contribution of outside funding now exceeds $300 million per year. Its endowment is rapidly expanding, having nearly reached its $1 billion fundraising goal set for its 50th anniversary next year.

UC Irvine also runs first-class professional schools. Its business school is now respected as one of the best in the world and is particularly known for employing many female professors, while the university’s law school is now ranked among the top 10 for scholarly publications.

49 Heidelberg University   ………………………….. [49th in the World]

(Heidelberg, Germany)

Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University Image is Germany’s oldest research university. The school has also used a combination of research-based teaching and effective doctoral training to become one of Europe’s most respected science schools.

Heidelberg focuses on four broad areas of research: materials and structures; molecular and cellular pattern formation; self-organization and regulation; and global culture.

The school also runs the interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Study and works alongside independent research centers, including the German Cancer Research Center and the Max Planck Institute.

The school’s 30,000 students study and work in 12 different faculties and can choose from 160 different programs. This incredibly wide range of topics of study is unparalleled in Germany, and further enhances the institution’s ability to do interdisciplinary research.

Heidelberg is also plugged into a worldwide collection of over 400 research universities. It is a member of the League of European Research Universities, the Coimbra Group, and the European University Association. The school also has a satellite campus in Latin America and offers courses in various other locations.

Roughly 20 percent of both the student body and the researchers are international. The school is also connected to a staggering 55 Nobel Prizes, as well as numerous other faculty awards.

50 University of Munich   …………………………… [50thth in the World]

(Munich, Germany)

The Ludwig Maximilian University Munich or the “University of Munich,” is a leadingUniversity of Munich Image European research university over half a millennia in age and the second leading university in Germany.

The university was chosen by the German government’s Excellence Initiative as a university of excellence. The university can boast 740 professors and 4,750 academic staff who conduct research via its many laboratories and medical facilities.

Unlike many younger schools which have a far stronger tendency to focus on the hard sciences, the University of Munich also maintains an impressive emphasis on the humanities. For example, it has two separate theology departments, one Protestant and the other Catholic that work side-by-side with its Philosophy department.

Half of the university’s 18 faculties are dedicated to studying various aspects of culture. The school offers 150 subjects for its 48,000 students, 5 percent of whom (about 6,800) are foreigners.

The school’s operating budget is an impressive €488.6 million, which leaves plenty of room to still focus on the hard sciences.

This is one reason why Munich has produced 34 Nobel Prizes, and has 1,800 doctors treating over 500,000 patients each year.

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  1. Really! 32 University from US, Oxford University not even among top ten! My questions on what ground is the ranking based.
    Academic excellence? Structure? Publication? Which because the result is outstanding.
    Meanwhile thanks to the writer of this insightful post.

  2. Hi Kevin! Thanks for your comment. The ranking is based on combination of wide range criteria including the one you mentioned. For this reason we took time to analyze the uniqueness of some of the universities.

    We are working on posting top 200 leading universities in the world. Just stay with us you see it soon.

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