Curious which universities have been ranked by “US News & World Report” to be the best not only in American but around the world? Wonder no more because we’ve got the results of this ranking for our loyal readers. Securing the top ranking by “US News” is Harvard University. Placing second is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology followed by: University of California – Berkeley (a nice, surprising ranking for Cal!), Stanford University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, California Institute of Technology, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Chicago, and Columbia University. That rounds out “US News'” top ten for best global universities. Interestingly, only two Ivy League institutions made the top ten of this ranking — Harvard and Columbia.
After the top ten, it’s Johns Hopkins University, Imperial College London, Princeton University, University of Michigan, University of Toronto, University of Washington (perhaps the only ranking that puts the University of Washington ahead of the school we’re about to name next), Yale University, University of California – San Diego, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University College London, University of California – San Francisco, Cornell University, University of Tokyo, and Northwestern University. That rounds out the top twenty-five. So the only Ivies not ranked in this particular ranking in the top twenty-five are: Brown University (#106) and Dartmouth College (we got tired of scrolling to find out where Dartmouth ranked after scanning the first 200 schools — maybe they weren’t eligible!).
If you’re curious about the methodology behind these rankings, according to “US News & World Report,” “To be included in the 750, an institution had to first be among the top 200 universities in the results of Thomson Reuters’ global reputation survey…Next, an institution had to be among those that had published the most number of articles during the most recent five years, de-duplicated with the top 200 from the reputation survey. As a result of these criteria, many stand-alone graduate schools, including the Rockefeller Institute of New York and University of California—San Francisco, were eligible to be ranked and were included in the ranking universe. The second step was to calculate the rankings using the 10 indicators and weights that U.S. News chose to measure global research performance. Each school’s profile page on usnews.com lists numerical ranks, out of 750, for the 10 indicators, allowing students to compare each school’s standing in each indicator.”