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Friday, November 21, 2008

U.S. News Top 200 Colleges & Universities in the World

US News World Rankings U.S. News & World Report has released its ranking of the Top 200 World's Best Colleges and Universities, based on six criteria:

  • Academic Peer Review (40%)
  • Employer Review (10%)
  • Student/Faculty Ratio (20%)
  • Citations per Faculty Member (20%)
  • Proportion of International Faculty (5%)
  • Proportion of International Students (5%)

Here are the Top 25 schools:

  1. Harvard (U.S.)
  2. Yale (U.S.)
  3. Cambridge (U.K.)
  4. Oxford (U.K.)
  5. Cal Tech (U.S.)
  6. Imperial College London (U.K.)
  7. University College London (U.K.)
  8. Chicago (U.S.)
  9. MIT (U.S.)
  10. Columbia (U.S.)
  11. Penn (U.S.)
  12. Princeton (U.S.)
  13. Duke (U.S.)
  14. Johns Hopkins (U.S.)
  15. Cornell (U.S.)
  16. Australian National University (Australia)
  17. Stanford (U.S.)
  18. Michigan (U.S.)
  19. Tokyo (Japan)
  20. McGill (Canada)
  21. Caenegie Mellon (U.S.)
  22. King's College London (U.K.)
  23. Edinburgh (U.K.)
  24. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
  25. Kyoto (Japan)

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Hmmm, i dont think toom many people would rate cornell, hopkins and duke higher than berkeley and stanford..probbly two of the top five universities in the world

Posted by: tom | Nov 22, 2008 12:45:35 AM

The list excludes the top US "Colleges": Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, etc. The list is misleadingly titled. It should be Top 200 Universities in the World, according to U.S. News and World Report's own nomenclature!

Posted by: hayduke | Nov 22, 2008 6:36:04 AM

Hah! - UBC beats UofT by 7 places!

Posted by: Holdfast | Nov 22, 2008 6:46:06 AM

I don't know much about these ratings, but is it really believable that 22 of the best 25 universities are in English-speaking countries, and two of the others are in Japan? I would like to see the methodology. Perhaps the fact that no one, or next to no one, at US News speaks any other languages has something to do with it?

Posted by: michael livingston | Nov 22, 2008 10:29:42 AM

Rankings listed here are incorrect. Hopkins and Duke are actually tied at 13.

Posted by: JHU Grad | Nov 22, 2008 12:22:46 PM

I do NOT believe this "ranking" is acurate but mostly a plan by Professors in THESE schools to improve there prestege and paychecks.

Some schools I have NEVER heard about and I plan to ask my Partner on Monday. MAYBE you did not notice, but I did, that #19 and #25 are just the SAME FIVE LETTERS mixed up differently. I think MOST lawyers are smart enought to figure that out.

I did not attend ANY of these schools but am getting more work at my Firm after only three years, so this list does not guarantee sucess.

Posted by: Ellen Barshevsky | Nov 22, 2008 3:46:18 PM

How do you make a list like that and not include fantastic institutions like Williams, Amherst and Davidson?

Posted by: BMJ | Nov 24, 2008 8:09:09 AM