The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013 list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

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World University Rankings 2012-2013

Rank Institution Location Overall score change criteria
1 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
95.5
2 Stanford University United States
93.7
2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
93.7
4 Harvard University United States
93.6
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
93.1
6 Princeton University United States
92.7
7 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
92.6
8 Imperial College London United Kingdom
90.6
9 University of California, Berkeley United States
90.5
10 University of Chicago United States
90.4
11 Yale University United States
89.2
12 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
87.8
13 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
87.7
14 Columbia University United States
87.0
15 University of Pennsylvania United States
86.6
16 Johns Hopkins University United States
85.6
17 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
85.5
18 Cornell University United States
83.3
19 Northwestern University United States
83.1
20 University of Michigan United States
82.6
21
University of Toronto
Canada
82.2
22 Carnegie Mellon University United States
81.5
23 Duke University United States
81.2
24 University of Washington United States
79.9
25 University of Texas at Austin United States
78.8
25 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States
78.8
27
The University of Tokyo
Japan
78.3
28 University of Melbourne Australia
77.9
29
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore
77.5
30
University of British Columbia
Canada
77.3
31 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
76.9
32 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
76.1
33 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
75.8
34 McGill University Canada
75.7
35 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
75.6
35
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
75.6
37 Australian National University Australia
75.4
38 University of California, San Diego United States
75.2
39 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom
73.1
40 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
73.0
41 New York University (NYU) United States
72.8
42 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
72.4
42 Karolinska Institute Sweden
72.4
44 University of California, Davis United States
71.8
44 Washington University in St Louis United States
71.8
46 Peking University China
70.7
47 University of Minnesota United States
70.5
48 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
70.4
49 University of Manchester United Kingdom
70.1
50 Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) Republic of Korea
69.4
51 Brown University United States
68.9
52 Tsinghua University China
67.1
53 Ohio State University United States
67.0
54 Boston University United States
66.8
54 Kyoto University Japan
66.8
56 University of Southern California United States
66.3
57 King's College London United Kingdom
66.2
58 KU Leuven Belgium
66.1
59 École Normale Supérieure France
65.9
59
Seoul National University
Republic of Korea
65.9
61 Pennsylvania State University United States
65.8
62 École Polytechnique France
65.7
62 University of Sydney Australia
65.7
64 Leiden University Netherlands
65.1
65 University of Queensland Australia Australia
64.4
65
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong
64.4
67 Utrecht University Netherlands
64.1
68 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Republic of Korea
64.0
69 Purdue University United States
63.8
70 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
63.2
70 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
63.2
72 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
62.9
72 University of Massachusetts United States
62.9
74 University of Bristol United Kingdom
62.5
75 Rice University United States
62.0
76 University of Pittsburgh United States
61.7
77 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
61.6
78 Universität Heidelberg Germany
61.4
79 Emory University United States
61.3
80 Durham University United Kingdom
60.7
81 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
60.5
82 Lund University Sweden
60.3
83 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
60.1
84 University of Montreal Canada
59.8
85 University of New South Wales Australia
59.6
86 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
59.4
87 Tufts University United States
59.1
88 McMaster University Canada
59.0
89
University of Groningen
Netherlands
58.8
89 University of Zürich Switzerland
58.8
91 University of Colorado Boulder United States
58.7
92 Université Paris-Sud France
58.6
93 Ghent University Belgium
58.4
94 Michigan State University United States
58.3
94 University of Notre Dame United States
58.3
96 University of California, Irvine United States
58.2
97 University of Maryland, College Park United States
57.9
98 University of Arizona United States
57.7
99 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey United States
57.5
99
Monash University
Australia
57.5
99 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
57.5
102 University of Rochester United States
57.2
103 University of York United Kingdom
57.1
104 Case Western Reserve University United States
56.9
105 Technische Universität München Germany
56.8
106 Uppsala University Sweden
56.6
106 Vanderbilt University United States
56.6
108 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
56.5
109 University of Helsinki Finland
56.4
110 University of Sussex United Kingdom
56.2
110 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
56.2
110 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
56.2
113 University of Cape Town South Africa
55.8
114 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
55.6
115
Maastricht University
Netherlands
55.5
116 Aarhus University Denmark
55.3
117 Stockholm University Sweden
55.2
118 University of Virginia United States
55.0
119 Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
54.9
120 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
54.8
121 University of Alberta Canada
54.7
122 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
54.5
122 University of Florida United States
54.5
124 Dartmouth College United States
54.4
124 University of Warwick United Kingdom
54.4
124 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
54.4
127
Radboud University
Netherlands
54.0
128 Freie Universität Berlin Germany
53.7
128 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
53.7
130 University of Copenhagen Denmark
53.6
130 Université de Lausanne Switzerland
53.6
130
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
53.6
133 University of Geneva Switzerland
53.5
134 Indiana University United States
53.2
134 National Taiwan University Taiwan
53.2
134 University of Utah United States
53.2
137 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
53.1
137 Tohoku University Japan
53.1
139 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
53.0
140 VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
52.9
140 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
52.9
142 University of Leeds United Kingdom
52.8
142 Universität Basel Switzerland
52.8
144 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Germany
52.3
145 Lancaster University United Kingdom
52.1
145 Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
52.1
147 Osaka University Japan
52.0
148 Arizona State University United States
51.9
149 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
51.7
150 Boston College United States
51.6
151 University of Bern Switzerland
51.5
151 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
51.5
153 University of Exeter United Kingdom
51.3
154 RWTH Aachen University Germany
51.1
154 University of California, Riverside United States
51.1
156 Yeshiva University United States
50.9
156 Texas A&M University United States
50.9
158 Tel Aviv University Israel
50.5
158 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
50.5
158 University of São Paulo Brazil
50.5
161 University of Auckland New Zealand
50.3
162 Stony Brook University United States
50.2
162 University of Vienna Austria
50.2
164 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
50.0
165 University of Delaware United States
49.7
166 Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 France
49.6
167
The University of Texas at Dallas
United States
49.5
168 George Washington University United States
49.4
169 University of Iowa United States
49.3
170 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
49.2
171 University of Ottawa Canada
49.0
171 Universität Bonn Germany
49.0
171 University of Liverpool United Kingdom
49.0
174 Georgetown University United States
48.9
174 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute United States
48.9
176 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
48.8
176 University of Reading United Kingdom
48.8
176 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
48.8
176 University of Adelaide Australia
48.8
180 Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble France
48.6
180
Newcastle University
United Kingdom
48.6
182 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
48.5
183 Yonsei University Republic of Korea
48.2
184 William & Mary United States
48.0
184 University of Illinois at Chicago United States
48.0
184 Colorado School of Mines United States
48.0
187 University of Twente Netherlands
47.9
187 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
47.9
189 Medical University of South Carolina United States
47.7
190 University of Western Australia Australia
47.3
190 Wake Forest University United States
47.3
192 University of Antwerp Belgium
47.1
193 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
46.9
193 Iowa State University United States
46.9
193 University of Miami United States
46.9
196 University of Victoria Canada
46.7
196 University of Leicester United Kingdom
46.7
198 University at Buffalo United States
46.6
199 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany
46.4
200 Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom
46.2