The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings employ the world's largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands. A spin-off of the annual World University Rankings, the reputation league table is based on nothing more than subjective judgement - but it is the considered expert judgement of senior, published academics - the people best placed to know the most about excellence in our universities.

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World Reputation Rankings 2012

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 Harvard University United States
100.0
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
87.2
3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
80.7
4 Stanford University United States
72.1
5 University of California, Berkeley United States
71.6
6 University of Oxford United Kingdom
71.2
7 Princeton University United States
37.9
8
The University of Tokyo
Japan
35.6
9 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
33.8
10 Yale University United States
32.4
11 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
29.6
12 University of Michigan United States
23.2
13 Imperial College London United Kingdom
22.2
14 University of Chicago United States
21.0
15 Columbia University United States
20.7
16 Cornell University United States
20.0
16
University of Toronto
Canada
20.0
18 Johns Hopkins University United States
17.8
19 University of Pennsylvania United States
16.3
20 Kyoto University Japan
15.9
21 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
15.7
22 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
15.0
23
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore
13.9
23 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
13.9
25
University of British Columbia
Canada
11.8
25 McGill University Canada
11.8
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
11.5
28 University of Washington United States
11.3
29 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom
11.1
30 Tsinghua University China
10.9
31 University of California, San Francisco United States
10.4
32 University of Texas at Austin United States
10.3
33 Duke University United States
10.1
34 New York University (NYU) United States
9.8
35 Northwestern University United States
9.6
36 University of California, San Diego United States
9.4
37 Carnegie Mellon University United States
9.3
38 Peking University China
8.9
39
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
8.7
39 University of Massachusetts United States
8.7
41 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) United States
8.5
42 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
8.4
43 University of Melbourne Australia
8.1
44 University of California, Davis United States
7.4
44 Australian National University Australia
7.4
46 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
7.2
47 University of Minnesota United States
7.1
47 Purdue University United States
7.1
49 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
7.0
50 University of Sydney Australia
6.9