Trinity College Dublin
World University Rankings 2014-15
Oscar Wilde, who had applied for a scholarship across the water, learned of his success when a Trinity don told him he was being "sent down" to the University of Oxford. Other luminaries educated at Ireland's oldest university, dating from 1592, include Samuel Beckett, Edmund Burke and Mary Robinson. Its 18th-century quadrangles are home to around 15,500 students and some 830 staff.