U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking

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The Best Global Universities ranking by U.S. News & World Report is an annual ranking of world universities. On October 28, 2014, U.S. News, which began ranking American universities in 1983, published its inaugural global ranking, assessing 500 universities in 49 countries. The ranking has since been revised and expanded to cover 1,500 institutions in 81 countries and now includes five regional and 28 subject rankings. [1] Employing 13 indicators and based largely on data provided by Clarivate, the U.S. News global ranking is methodologically different from its ranking of American institutions; global universities are rated using factors such as research reputation, academic publications, and the number of highly cited papers. [2] [3]

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Inside Higher Ed noted in 2014 that U.S. News is entering into the international college and university rankings area that is already "dominated by three major global university rankings": the Times Higher Education World University Rankings , the Academic Ranking of World Universities , and the QS World University Rankings . [4] U.S. News's chief data strategist Robert Morse stated "We're well-known in the field for doing academic rankings so we thought it was a natural extension of the other rankings that we're doing." [4] Morse pointed out that U.S. News is "the first American publisher to enter the global rankings space", given Times Higher Education and QS are both British, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities is Chinese. [4]

The Washington Post noted that some U.S. institutions rank lower on U.S. News's global ranking than on their domestic ranking, in particular Princeton, which was named top university in the U.S. in the 2015 domestic ranking but was ranked behind nine other U.S. universities (and three U.K. universities) in the 2015 global ranking. This was attributed to the global ranking concentrating on "research prowess", while the "undergraduate experience", for which uniform international data is hard to obtain, was not included. [5] Forbes , which, along with many others, has roundly criticized the U.S. News ranking of American colleges, [6] praised the U.S. News global ranking as being mostly based upon “objective measures” and representing a “worthy” evaluation scheme. [7]

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US News Best Global Universities—Top 10 (2015-2020)
Institution2015 [8] 2016 [9] 2017 [10] 2018 [11] 2019 [12] 2020 [13]
Flag of the United States.svg Harvard University 111111
Flag of the United States.svg Massachusetts Institute of Technology 222222
Flag of the United States.svg Stanford University 443333
Flag of the United States.svg University of California, Berkeley 334444
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Oxford 556555
Flag of the United States.svg California Institute of Technology 775666
Flag of the United States.svg Columbia University 1099887
Flag of the United States.svg Princeton University --8998
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Cambridge 667779
Flag of the United States.svg University of Washington-Seattle ---101010

Note: Yale University and Johns Hopkins University tied with the University of Washington for 10th in 2018.


American and British universities have occupied the top ten spots since the inaugural publication. Harvard and MIT have consistently topped the list, while two British institutions, Oxford and Cambridge, and four other U.S. universities – Caltech, Columbia, Stanford, and Berkeley – have been ranked among the ten best since 2015.

US News Best Global Universities—Top 50 (2018-2020)
Institution3yr.Avg.2018 [11] 2019 [12] 2020 [13]
Flag of the United States.svg Harvard University 1111
Flag of the United States.svg Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2222
Flag of the United States.svg Stanford University 3333
Flag of the United States.svg University of California, Berkeley 4444
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Oxford 5555
Flag of the United States.svg California Institute of Technology 6666
Flag of the United States.svg Columbia University 8887
Flag of the United States.svg Princeton University 9998
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Cambridge 8779
Flag of the United States.svg University of Washington-Seattle 10101010
Flag of the United States.svg Johns Hopkins University 11101211
Flag of the United States.svg Yale University 11101112
Flag of the United States.svg University of Chicago 14141413
Flag of the United States.svg University of California, Los Angeles 13131314
Flag of the United States.svg University of California, San Francisco 15151515
Flag of the United States.svg University of Pennsylvania 17191616
Flag of the United States.svg University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 17171817
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg University of Toronto 19202018
Flag of the United States.svg University of California, San Diego 17161719
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Imperial College London 18171820
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University College London 21222121
Flag of the United States.svg Duke University 22212222
Flag of the United States.svg Cornell University 23232323
Flag of the United States.svg Northwestern University 24242424
Flag of Switzerland.svg ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 25252525
Flag of Australia (converted).svg University of Melbourne 26262626
Flag of Australia (converted).svg University of Sydney 31343127
Flag of the United States.svg New York University 28282828
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The University of Edinburgh 28302728
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg University of British Columbia 29272930
Flag of the United States.svg Washington University in St. Louis 32323231
Flag of Denmark.svg University of Copenhagen 34373432
Flag of the United States.svg University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 33343233
Flag of Singapore.svg National University of Singapore 38433834
Flag of the United States.svg University of Texas at Austin 34323634
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tsinghua University 50645036
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg King's College London 39413937
Flag of France.svg Sorbonne University 3838-37
Flag of the United States.svg University of Wisconsin Madison 34313537
Flag of the Netherlands.svg University of Amsterdam 49555140
Flag of the United States.svg University of California, Santa Barbara 35283741
Flag of Australia (converted).svg University of Queensland 43454242
Flag of Germany.svg Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich 43404643
Flag of Singapore.svg Nanyang Technological University 49554943
Flag of Switzerland.svg Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne 40364045
Flag of the United States.svg The Ohio State University 46464645
Flag of the United States.svg University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 43424147
Flag of the United States.svg University of Pittsburgh 46484347
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg McGill University 47494349
Flag of the United States.svg University of Colorado at Boulder 46444350

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