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2016 Global Ranking Of Best Universities

If you are thinking of studying abroad and wondering what the best schools are – here are some of the top 20 Best Global Universities, ranked by U.S. News based on their academic reputations and research performance.

1. Harvard University

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3. University of California—Berkeley

4. Stanford University

5. University of Oxford

6. University of Cambridge

7. California Institute of Technology

8. University of California—Los Angeles

9. Columbia University

10. University of Chicago

11. University of Washington

12. Johns Hopkins University

13. Princeton University

14 (tie). University of Pennsylvania

14 (tie). Yale University

16. University of Toronto

17. University of Michigan 

18. Imperial College London

19. University of California—San Diego

20. Duke University


These rankings are calculated independently of the Best Colleges rankings using a methodology centered on academic research and reputation.

The U.S. is the top-performing country for 2016, leading the world with 181 ranked institutions. China, while in second place, was far behind with 57 ranked universities.


Europe bested all regions with 312 schools out of the top 750, led by the University of Oxford. On the other end of the spectrum, Africa is the least-represented region, with only 10 ranked schools.

Below is a map that shows how countries performed in the overall rankings, as well as a breakdown of the rankings by region. Source: US News

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