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The Top 100 Universities In The World



The top three spots on the QS World University Rankings changed this year, with MIT taking the top spot for 2012. MIT overtook the University of Cambridge, which took second place ahead of Harvard, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

British schools took four of the top six spots, but American colleges and universities occupy 13 of the top 20 spots in the annual ranking.

This ranking is based on reputation among academics, reputation among employers, citations per faculty, staff-to-student ratios and international attractiveness.

Check out the entire list:

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
2 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
3 Harvard University United States
4 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
5 University of Oxford United Kingdom
6 Imperial College London United Kingdom
7 Yale University United States
8 University of Chicago United States
9 Princeton University United States
10 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
11 Columbia University United States
12 University of Pennsylvania United States
13 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland
14 Cornell University United States
15 Stanford University United States
16 Johns Hopkins University United States
17 University of Michigan United States
18 McGill University Canada
19 University of Toronto Canada
20 Duke University United States
21 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
22 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) United States
23 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
24 Australian National University Australia
25 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
26 King's College London (University of London) United Kingdom
27 Northwestern University United States
28 University of Bristol United Kingdom
29 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
30 The University of Tokyo Japan
31 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
32 The University of Manchester United Kingdom
33 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
34 École Normale Supérieure, Paris France
35 Kyoto University Japan
36 The University of Melbourne Australia
37 Seoul National University Korea, South
38 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
39 The University of Sydney Australia
40 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
41 Ecole Polytechnique France
42 Brown University United States
43 New York University (NYU) United States
44 Peking University China
45 University of British Columbia Canada
46 The University of Queensland Australia
47 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
48 Tsinghua University China
49 Carnegie Mellon University United States
50 Osaka University Japan
51 University of Copenhagen Denmark
52 The University of New South Wales Australia
53 Technische Universität München Germany
54 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
55 Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Germany
56 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
57 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill United States
58 The University of Warwick United Kingdom
59 University of Washington United States
60 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
61 Monash University Australia
62 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
63 KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology Korea, South
64 Boston University United States
65 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
66 The University of Sheffield United Kingdom
67 Trinity College Dublin Ireland
68 University of Texas at Austin United States
69 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom
70 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) United States
71 Lund University Sweden
72 The University of Nottingham United Kingdom
73 University of Southampton United Kingdom
74 University of Geneva Switzerland
75 Leiden University Netherlands
75 Tohoku University Japan
77 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
78 University of Helsinki Finland
79 The University of Western Australia Australia
80 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
81 Uppsala University Sweden
82 KU Leuven Belgium
83 The University of Auckland New Zealand
84 Washington University in St. Louis United States
85 Utrecht University Netherlands
86 Nagoya University Japan
87 Freie Universität Berlin Germany
88 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
89 Aarhus University Denmark
90 Fudan University China
90 University of Zurich Switzerland
92 Durham University United Kingdom
93 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
94 University of Leeds United Kingdom
95 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
95 Purdue University United States
97 Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH) Korea, South
98 University of Pittsburgh United States
99 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
100 University of California, Davis United States

Based on those criteria its not surprising that MIT won.

For a more pragmatic approach, read our list of the 50 best schools for your career >

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