It’s about time for high school kids to start prepping their early-decision college applications, so it’s fitting that U.S. News & World Report just released their annual list of the world’s best colleges and universities (the USA list was released earlier). U.S. News & World Report included the top 200 universities from the Thomson Reuters’ global reputation survey, which aimed to gather academics’ opinions of universities around the world. Along with a number of institutions in the USA and the United Kingdom, several Canadian schools performed well in this respect: The University of British Columbia was ranked in all 22 subjects, while McGill University and the University of Toronto were ranked in 21.
Like previous year, Harvard was ranked top, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California-Berkeley and Stanford.
It’s all subjective, of course, but given that the U.S. News & World Report rankings are taken as gospel, their subjective rankings matter. Princeton and Rutgers University were the only two in New Jersey that were ranked. With 181 institutions represented, the US has by far the most universities in the top 750.
This is the second year U.S. News has compiled a worldwide ranking. Other key factors were related to publications, citations in scholarly journals, global collaboration and number of PhDs awarded.
In Asia: University of Tokyo in Japan, Peking University in China, National University of Singapore, Tsinghua University in China, University of Hong Kong.
U.S. News also ranked schools in each region. Or the University of Buenos Aires?
The No. 1 university in Africa is the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
In Australia-New Zealand: University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland Australia, Australian National University and Monash University, all in Australia.
According to the most recent numbers, Northeastern University (NU) is the 204th best school in the world. Oxford in the U.K.is the top-ranked institution in arts and humanities, and Cambridge sits in the No. 2 spot.