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Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016-17 World University Rankings

THE
London-based Times Higher Education has released its annual World University Rankings of the Top 980 universities in the world, based on this methodology of 13 variables in five categories:
Methodology

Here are the Top 25 Universities in the World, along with their scores:

Rank

School

Score

1

Oxford

95.0

2

Cal-Tech

94.3

3

Stanford

93.8

4

Cambridge

93.6

5

MIT

93.4

6

Harvard

02.7

7

Princeton

90.2

8

Imperial College London

90.0

9

ETH Zurich

89.3

10

Chicago

88.9

10

UC-Berkeley

88.9

12

Yale

88.2

13

Pennsylvania

87.1

14

UCLA

86.6

15

University College London

86.5

16

Columbia

86.1

17

Johns Hopkins

85.9

18

Duke

84.7

19

Cornell

84.6

20

Northwestern

83.7

21

Michigan

83.6

22

Toronto

83.0

23

Carnegie Mellon

81.8

24

National University of Singapore

81.7

25

London School of Economics

80.7

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Comments

Four UK schools in the top fifteen; big surprise!

Posted by: Rob T. | Sep 24, 2016 9:18:07 AM

Reputation plays far too large a role in this survey, against a total lack of student employment outcomes.

Posted by: anon | Sep 24, 2016 11:16:31 PM

@anon,

Try the Forbes rankings. While far from perfect, like all college rankings, Forbes focuses exclusively on outputs. Average student loan debt. Starting salaries. Percentage of grads in PhD programs or with major scholarships (Fulbright, Rhodes, etc). Things of that nature. And no peer/pedigree factors. They also toss universities and liberal arts colleges together, with interesting results. I believe Williams was ranked #1 one year. Anyhow, there is a large amount of Venn Diagram overlap between the top of Forbes and the top of USNWR, as you might expect, but once you get down just a few dozen places, things get interesting. Expensive and stingy schools that have gamed/manipulated their way up USNWR - NYU, BU, Northeastern, etc - are nowhere to be found, as their lackluster outputs place them hundreds of places lower in Forbes than in USNWR. Pretty eye-opening, really.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 25, 2016 8:50:56 AM

Oxford made a huge commitment to biotech and medical research over the last decade and now it is clearly paying off. The current NYU president was a leading player in this effort.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 25, 2016 10:42:07 AM

NYU is a real estate development company masquerading as a university and run as a fiefdom for senior administrators who pull in Fortune 500 corporate officer-level salaries and give themselves multimillion forgivable loans. All the while NYU has both the largest overall outstanding student loan debt of any non-profit institution and the largest number of undergrads coming out with six figures in private student loans. Should I mention the whole illegal kickback thing between their financial aid department and Citibank about a decade ago?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 25, 2016 2:07:32 PM

Hmmm. I wonder. Do you suppose a bunch of Brits are going to apply to Pittsburgh over Dartmouth and Arizona State over Tufts?

Posted by: Jim harper | Sep 26, 2016 12:17:04 PM