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World University Rankings 2010-2011

Rank Institution Location Overall score change criteria
1 Harvard University United States
96.1
2 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
96.0
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
95.6
4 Stanford University United States
94.3
5 Princeton University United States
94.2
6 University of Oxford United Kingdom
91.2
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
91.2
8 University of California, Berkeley United States
91.1
9 Imperial College London United Kingdom
90.6
10 Yale University United States
89.5
11 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
87.7
12 University of Chicago United States
86.9
13 Johns Hopkins University United States
86.4
14 Cornell University United States
83.9
15 University of Michigan United States
83.4
15 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
83.4
17 University of Toronto Canada
82.0
18 Columbia University United States
81.0
19 University of Pennsylvania United States
79.5
20 Carnegie Mellon University United States
79.3
21 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
79.2
22 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
78.4
23 University of Washington United States
78.0
24 Duke University United States
76.5
25 Northwestern University United States
75.9
26 The University of Tokyo Japan
75.6
27 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States
75.3
28 Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) Republic of Korea
75.1
29 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
75.0
30 University of British Columbia Canada
73.8
30 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
73.8
32 University of California, San Diego United States
73.2
33 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
73.0
34 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
72.9
35 McGill University Canada
71.7
36 University of Melbourne Australia
71.0
37 Peking University China
70.7
38 Washington University in St Louis United States
69.9
39 École Polytechnique France
69.5
40 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
69.2
41 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
69.0
42 École Normale Supérieure France
68.6
43 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
67.0
43 University of Wisconsin United States
67.0
43 Karolinska Institute Sweden
67.0
43 Australian National University Australia
67.0
47 Rice University United States
66.9
48 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
66.5
49 University of California, Irvine United States
66.0
49 University of Science and Technology of China China
66.0
51 Vanderbilt University United States
65.9
52 University of Minnesota United States
65.6
53 Tufts University United States
65.2
54 University of California, Davis United States
65.0
55 Brown University United States
64.9
56 University of Massachusetts United States
64.7
57 Kyoto University Japan
64.6
58 Tsinghua University China
64.2
59 Boston University United States
64.0
60 New York University (NYU) United States
63.9
61 Emory University United States
63.0
61 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
63.0
63 University of Notre Dame United States
62.8
64 University of Pittsburgh United States
62.7
65 Case Western Reserve University United States
62.2
66 Ohio State University United States
62.1
67 University of Colorado Boulder United States
61.6
68 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
61.4
68 Yeshiva University United States
61.4
68 University of Bristol United Kingdom
61.4
71 University of Sydney Australia
61.2
72 University of Virginia United States
61.1
73 University of Adelaide Australia
60.7
73 University of Southern California United States
60.7
75 William & Mary United States
60.4
76 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
60.3
77 King's College London United Kingdom
59.7
78 Stony Brook University United States
59.6
79 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Republic of Korea
59.5
79 University of Sussex United Kingdom
59.5
81 University of Queensland Australia Australia
59.1
81 University of York United Kingdom
59.1
83 University of Utah United States
59.0
83 Universität Heidelberg Germany
59.0
85 Durham University United Kingdom
58.9
86 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom
58.3
87 University of Manchester United Kingdom
58.0
88 Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
57.9
89 Lund University Sweden
57.8
90 Wake Forest University United States
57.7
90 University of Southampton United Kingdom
57.7
90 University of Zürich Switzerland
57.7
93 McMaster University Canada
57.6
94 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
57.5
95 Universität Basel Switzerland
57.3
95 University of Arizona United States
57.3
95 George Washington University United States
57.3
98 University of Maryland, College Park United States
57.2
99 Dartmouth College United States
57.1
100 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
57.0
101 Technische Universität München Germany
56.9
102 University of Helsinki Finland
56.6
103 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
56.5
104 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute United States
56.4
105 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey United States
56.3
106 Purdue University United States
56.2
107 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
56.1
107 University of Cape Town South Africa
56.1
109 Pennsylvania State University United States
56.0
109 Seoul National University Republic of Korea
56.0
111 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong
55.6
112 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
55.4
112 Bilkent University Turkey
55.4
114 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
55.3
115 University of Hawaii at Manoa United States
55.2
115 National Taiwan University Taiwan
55.2
117 University of California, Riverside United States
55.1
118 University of Geneva Switzerland
55.0
119 KU Leuven Belgium
54.8
120 Queen Mary, University of London United Kingdom
54.6
120 Nanjing University China
54.6
122 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
54.5
122 Michigan State University United States
54.5
124 Leiden University Netherlands
54.4
124 Ghent University Belgium
54.4
124 Lancaster University United Kingdom
54.4
127 University of Alberta Canada
54.3
128 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
54.2
129 Stockholm University Sweden
54.0
130 Osaka University Japan
53.4
130 University of Victoria Canada
53.4
132 University of Iowa United States
53.3
132 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Germany
53.3
132 Tohoku University Japan
53.3
135 University of Bergen Norway
52.7
136 Université de Lausanne Switzerland
52.6
137 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
52.5
138 University of Montreal Canada
52.4
139 VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
52.3
140 University of Dundee United Kingdom
52.2
140 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
52.2
142 University of Barcelona Spain
52.1
143 Utrecht University Netherlands
52.0
144 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
51.9
145 University of Auckland New Zealand
51.8
145 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
51.8
147 Uppsala University Sweden
51.6
147 Alexandria University Egypt
51.6
149 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
51.4
149 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
51.4
151 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
51.3
152 Newcastle University United Kingdom
51.2
152 Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom
51.2
152 University of New South Wales Australia
51.2
155 Pompeu Fabra University - Barcelona Spain
51.1
156 Indiana University United States
51.0
156 Iowa State University United States
51.0
158 Georgia Health Sciences University United States
50.7
159 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
50.4
159 University of Delaware United States
50.4
161 Arizona State University United States
50.3
161 Boston College United States
50.3
163 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
50.2
164 Georgetown University United States
50.1
165 University of Liverpool United Kingdom
50.0
165 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
50.0
167 Aarhus University Denmark
49.9
168 Universität Würzburg Germany
49.8
168 University of Leeds United Kingdom
49.8
170 University of Groningen Netherlands
49.7
171 Sun Yat-sen University China
49.6
172 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany
49.4
173 Universität Bielefeld Germany
49.3
174 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
49.0
174 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
49.0
174 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
49.0
177 University of Copenhagen Denmark
48.8
178 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
48.5
178 Universität Bonn Germany
48.5
178 Monash University Australia
48.5
181 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
48.3
182 RWTH Aachen University Germany
48.2
183 Middle East Technical University Turkey
47.7
184 University of Exeter United Kingdom
47.6
185 University of Twente Netherlands
47.5
186 Universität Konstanz Germany
47.3
187 University of Innsbruck Austria
47.2
187 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
47.2
189 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Germany
47.0
190 University of Cincinnati United States
46.9
190 Yonsei University Republic of Korea
46.9
190 Drexel University United States
46.9
193 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
46.8
193 Dalhousie University Canada
46.8
195 University of Vienna Austria
46.7
196 Kent State University United States
46.5
197 University of Illinois at Chicago United States
46.4
197 Zhejiang University China
46.4
199 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
46.2
199 Simon Fraser University Canada
46.2

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