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Friday, June 19, 2009

U.S. News Top 400 Colleges & Universities in the World

U.S. News U.S. News & World Report has published a mid-year update of its ranking of the Top 400 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, along with their overall scores:

  1. Harvard (100)
  2. Yale (99.8)
  3. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) (99.5)
  4. University of Oxford (United Kingdom) (98.9)
  5. California Institute of Technology (98.6)
  6. Imperial College London (United Kingdom) (98.4)
  7. University College London (United Kingdom) (98.1)
  8. University of Chicago (98.0)
  9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (96.7)
  10. Columbia (96.3)
  11. Penn (96.1)
  12. Princeton (95.7)
  13. Duke (94.4)
  14. Johns Hopkins (94.4)
  15. Cornell (94.3)
  16. Australian National University (Australia) (92.0)
  17. Stanford (91.2)
  18. Michigan (91.0)
  19. University of Tokyo (Japan) (90.0)
  20. McGill University (Canada) (89.7)
  21. Carnegie Mellon (89.6)
  22. King's College London (United Kingdom) (89.5)
  23. University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) (89.3)
  24. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland) (89.1)
  25. Kyoto University (Japan) (87.4)

There also are separate rankings by location and by subject.

Rankings by location:

Rankings by subject:

Robert Morse, Director of Data Research at U.S. News & World Report, has more on his blog,

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What happened to Germany? A generation ago, they would've been in the top five of any university list, especially in sciences.

Posted by: Lawyer4 | Jun 19, 2009 11:29:49 AM

This is just the Times Higher Education Supplement rankings, which US News bought. The rankings are skewed wildly towards universities with medical schools becasue of the citation measure in particular: hence Princeton (no medical school) below Penn (excellent medical school), and Berkeley (no medical school) not in the top 25. Very high-powered sciences, esp. engineering can compensate, as with MIT and Cal Tech.

Posted by: Brian Leiter | Jun 19, 2009 11:44:31 AM

you're telling me that Michigan is better than the Ecole Normale Superieure? I don't think so...

Posted by: Simon | Jun 19, 2009 12:43:36 PM

Actually, I think it's more flawed than that. The only difference between Princeton and Harvard on this list is the student-faculty ratio. Yet, if you delve into the data, there is simply nothing to substantiate the difference (the ratio looks to be similar, and there is no explanation given as to how FTEs are calculated, and even so, I cannot reconcile the Harvard numbers).

Posted by: AJS | Jun 19, 2009 3:39:27 PM

I've commented on this before, but the notion that 22 of the top 23 universities are in English-speaking nations seems, well, improbable. That the people conducting the poll probably can't read other languages may have something to do with this. Polls like this are great fun to talk about, but in terms of actual validity, my best guess is, so to speak, "ca ne va pas."

Posted by: mike livingston | Jun 19, 2009 4:52:59 PM

I'm really getting tired of U.S. News's bs. Can someone do a ranking of news magazines? or a ranking of rankings?

Posted by: AMX | Jun 22, 2009 5:21:36 AM