U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking

The Best Global Universities ranking by U.S. News & World Report is an annual ranking of world universities. On October 28, 2014, U.S. News, which began ranking American universities in 1983, published its inaugural global ranking, assessing 500 universities in 49 countries. That first installment of the Best Global University Ranking was published without prior announcement, with U.S. News later clarifying that the rankings of that year were a trial balloon for the publication's entrance into the global university rankings field. After pre-announcing the rankings of next year, in 2016, the periodical formalized the global university rankings as part of its regular annual programming. Having made official the ranking methodology, it disclosed that it is based on 10 different indicators that measure universities' academic performance and reputations.[1] The ranking has since been revised and expanded to cover 1,500 institutions in 81 countries and now includes five regional and 28 subject rankings.[2] Employing 13 indicators and based largely on data provided by Clarivate, the U.S. News global ranking is methodologically different from its ranking of American institutions; global universities are rated using factors such as research reputation, academic publications, and the number of highly cited papers.[3][4]

Inside Higher Ed noted in 2014 that U.S. News is entering into the international college and university rankings area that is already "dominated by three major global university rankings": the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and the QS World University Rankings.[5] U.S. News's chief data strategist Robert Morse stated "We're well-known in the field for doing academic rankings so we thought it was a natural extension of the other rankings that we're doing."[5] Morse pointed out that U.S. News is "the first American publisher to enter the global rankings space", given Times Higher Education and QS are both British, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities is Chinese.[5]

The Washington Post noted that some U.S. institutions rank lower on U.S. News's global ranking than on their domestic ranking, in particular Princeton, which was named top university in the U.S. in the 2015 domestic ranking but was ranked behind nine other U.S. universities (and three U.K. universities) in the 2015 global ranking. This was attributed to the global ranking concentrating on "research prowess", while the "undergraduate experience", for which uniform international data is hard to obtain, was not included.[6] Forbes, which, along with many others, has roundly criticized the U.S. News ranking of American colleges,[7] praised the U.S. News global ranking as being mostly based upon “objective measures” and representing a “worthy” evaluation scheme.[8]

ResultsEdit

US News Best Global Universities—Top 10 (2015-2022)
Institution 2022[9] 2021[10] 2020[11] 2019[12] 2018[13] 2017[14] 2016[15] 2015[16]
  Harvard University 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Stanford University 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
  University of California, Berkeley 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
  University of Oxford 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 5
  Columbia University 6 6 7 8 8 9 9 10
  University of Washington-Seattle 7 8 10 10 10 - - -
  University of Cambridge 8 9 9 7 7 7 6 6
  California Institute of Technology 9 7 6 6 6 5 7 7
  Johns Hopkins University 9 10 11 12 10 - - -

Note: Princeton University was ranked 8th in 2017 and 2020 and 9th in 2018 and 2019. Yale University tied with Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington for 10th in 2018.


American and British universities have occupied the top ten spots since the inaugural publication. Harvard, Stanford and MIT have consistently topped the list, while two British institutions, Oxford and Cambridge, and three other U.S. universities – Berkeley, Columbia, and Caltech – have been ranked among the ten best since 2015.

US News Best Global Universities—Top 50 (2018-2022)
Institution 2022[9] 2021[10] 2020[11] 2019[12] 2018[13]
  Harvard University 1 1 1 1 1
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 2 2 2 2
  Stanford University 3 3 3 3 3
  University of California, Berkeley 4 4 4 4 4
  University of Oxford 5 5 5 5 5
  Columbia University 6 6 7 8 8
  University of Washington-Seattle 7 8 10 10 10
  University of Cambridge 8 9 9 7 7
  California Institute of Technology 9 7 6 6 6
  Johns Hopkins University 9 10 11 12 10
  University of California, San Francisco 11 15 15 15 15
  Yale University 12 11 12 11 10
  University of Pennsylvania 13 14 16 16 19
  University of California, Los Angeles 14 13 14 13 13
  University of Chicago 15 15 13 14 14
  Princeton University 16 11 8 9 9
  University College London 16 19 21 21 22
  University of Toronto 16 17 18 20 20
  University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 19 17 17 18 17
  Imperial College London 20 20 20 18 17
  University of California, San Diego 21 21 19 17 16
  Cornell University 22 22 23 23 23
  Duke University 23 23 22 22 21
  Northwestern University 24 24 24 24 24
  University of Melbourne 25 25 26 26 26
  Tsinghua University 26 28 36 50 64
  ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 26 26 25 25 25
  University of Sydney 28 27 27 31 34
  National University of Singapore 29 32 34 38 43
  New York University 30 29 28 28 28
  Washington University in St. Louis 31 33 31 32 32
  The University of Edinburgh 32 30 28 27 30
  King's College London 33 34 37 39 41
  Nanyang Technological University 33 38 43 49 55
  University of British Columbia 35 31 30 29 27
  University of Queensland 36 36 42 42 45
  University of Copenhagen 37 34 32 34 37
  University of Amsterdam 38 40 40 51 55
  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 39 36 33 32 34
  Monash University 40 48 59 62 68
  University of New South Wales 41 51 64 70 69
  University of Pittsburgh 42 43 47 43 48
  University of Texas at Austin 43 38 34 36 32
  King Abdulaziz University 44 42 51 76 110
  Peking University 45 51 59 68 65
  Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich 46 46 43 46 40
  Sorbonne University 46 43 37 - 38
  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 48 48 56 57 63
  Karolinska Institute 48 48 51 51 52
  Utrecht University 48 54 55 56 57

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings
  2. ^ "Best Global Universities". U.S. News & World Report.
  3. ^ Haynie, Devon. "U.S. News Releases Inaugural Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report.
  4. ^ "How U.S. News Calculated the Best Global Universities Ranking". U.S. News & World Report.
  5. ^ a b c "'U.S. News' to Issue New Global University Rankings". Inside Higher Ed.
  6. ^ Nick Anderson (28 October 2014). "U.S. News rolls out global university rankings, with some surprises". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ Michael Nietzel (9 September 2019). "U.S. News Releases its Annual College Rankings. Here's what's wrong with them". Forbes.
  8. ^ Michael Nietzel (26 October 2019). "U.S. News Releases its Best Global Universities Ranking: American Institutions are at the Top". Forbes.
  9. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2022". US News. 26 October 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  10. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2021". Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  11. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2020". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  12. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2019". 2019-10-30.
  13. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2018". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  14. ^ "US News Best Global Universities 2017". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  15. ^ "US News Best Global Universities 2016". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  16. ^ "US News Best Global Universities 2015". Retrieved 2014-10-28.