Top 100 Universities in the World

The ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) is published by the Institute of Higher Education at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). It evaluates universities based on several indicators of research performance.

According to the ARWU 2009, Harvard is again the No. 1 university in the world (ranked 1st since 2003), followed by Stanford (2nd internationally) and UC Berkeley (3rd). North & Latin America has the most number of institutions (59 schools) listed in the world top 100. University of Toronto is the best ranked university in Canada and in top 20 globally.

Following are some of the good performers in the top 100 list:
- University of Paris 11 moved up to 43rd from 49th in the 2008 rankings.
- University of Heidelberg moved up four places to 63rd.
- King's College London jumped up to 65th from 81st in 2008.
- Boston University up nine places to 74th.
- Emory University made it to the top 100 from 101-151st in 2008.
- Nagoya University made a big jump to 82nd globally from 101-151st in 2008.

The Top 100 Universities in the World:
1 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
3 University of California, Berkeley
4 Cambridge University
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6 California Institute of Technology
7 Columbia University
8 Princeton University
9 Chicago University
10 Oxford University
11 Yale University
12 Cornell University
13 University of California, Los Angeles
14 University of California, San Diego
15 University of Pennsylvania
16 University of Washington
17 University of Wisconsin, Madison
18 University of California
19 Johns Hopkins University
20 Tokyo University
21 University College London
22 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
23 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
24 Kyoto University
25 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
26 Imperial College London
27 Toronto University
28 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
29 Washington University in St. Louis
30 Northwestern University
31 Duke University
32 New York University
32 Rockefeller University
34 University of Colorado at Boulder
35 University of California, Santa Barbara
36 British Columbia University
37 University of Maryland, College Park
38 University of Texas at Austin
39 North Carolina University, Chapel Hill
40 Paris 06 – Pierre and Marie Curie University
41 Manchester University
41 Vanderbilt University
43 Copenhagen University
43 Paris 11 – Paris-Sud University
45 Pennsylvania State University
46 California, Irvine
46 Southern California
48 Texas Southwestern Medical Center University
49 California University, Davis
50 Karolinska Institute
50 Pittsburgh University
52 Utrecht University
53 Edinburgh University
54 Zurich University
55 Rutgers University, New Brunswick
55 Munich University
57 Munich Technical University
58 Florida University
59 Carnegie Mellon University
59 Australian National University (Canberra)
61 Bristol University
62 Ohio State University
63 Heidelberg University
64 Jerusalem Hebrew University
65 London University – King's College
65 McGill University
65 Purdue University
65 Oslo University
69 Brown University
70 Paris École Normale Superieure
71 Osaka University
72 Leiden University
72 Helsinki University
74 Boston University
75 Melbourne University
76 Uppsala University
77 Moscow State University
77 University of Arizona
77 Rochester University
80 Utah University
81 Sheffield University
82 Nagoya University
83 Nottingham University
84 Tohoku University
85 Basel University
86 Michigan State University
87 Case Western Reserve University
88 Stockholm University
88 Texas A&M University
90 Göttingen University
91 McMaster University
91 Virginia University
93 Indiana University Bloomington
94 Arizona State University, Tempe
94 Birmingham University
94 Sydney University
97 Aarhus University
98 Bonn University
99 Rice University
100 Emory University

Source: ARWU 2009

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