Top 100 Universities in the World 2012

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2012, Harvard University was ranked No. 1 among the world's top universities and ahead of Stanford University (2nd globally). In Europe, the top rated university is Cambridge (ranked 5th globally), followed by the University of Oxford (2nd in the region and 10th globally) and University College London (3rd in the region and 21st globally).

The Top 100 Universities in the World:
1 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4 UC Berkeley
5 University of Cambridge
6 California Institute of Technology
7 Princeton University
8 Columbia University
9 University of Chicago
10 University of Oxford
11 Yale University
12 University of California, Los Angeles
13 Cornell University
14 University of Pennsylvania
15 University of California, San Diego
16 University of Washington
17 The Johns Hopkins University
18 University of California, San Francisco
19 University of Wisconsin - Madison
20 The University of Tokyo
21 University College London
22 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
23 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
24 The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
25 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
26 Kyoto University
27 New York University
27 University of Toronto
29 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
30 Northwestern University
31 Washington University in St. Louis
32 Rockefeller University
33 University of Colorado at Boulder
34 University of California, Santa Barbara
35 The University of Texas at Austin
36 Duke University
37 University of Paris Sud (Paris 11)
38 University of Maryland, College Park
39 University of British Columbia
40 The University of Manchester
41 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
42 Karolinska Institute
42 Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris
44 University of Copenhagen
45 UC Irvine
46 University of Southern California
47 UC Davis
48 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
49 Pennsylvania State University - University Park
50 Vanderbilt University
51 Carnegie Mellon University
51 The University of Edinburgh
53 Technical University Munich
53 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
53 Utrecht University
56 Purdue University - West Lafayette
57 University of Melbourne
58 University of Pittsburgh
59 University of Zurich
60 University of Munich
61 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
62 University of Heidelberg
63 McGill University
64 The Australian National University
65 Brown University
65 The Ohio State University - Columbus
67 University of Oslo
68 King's College London
69 University of Geneva
70 University of Bristol
71 Boston University
72 University of Florida
73 Ecole Normale Superieure - Paris
73 Leiden University
73 University of Helsinki
73 Uppsala University
77 University of Arizona
78 Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
79 Arizona State University - Tempe
80 Moscow State University
81 Stockholm University
82 University of Utah
83 Osaka University
84 Indiana University Bloomington
85 University of Basel
86 Aarhus University
86 University of Nottingham
86 University of Rochester
89 Ghent University
90 The University of Queensland
91 Rice University
92 McMaster University
93 Texas A&M University - College Station
93 University of Sydney
93 Weizmann Institute of Science
96 Michigan State University
96 Nagoya University
96 The University of Western Australia
99 Case Western Reserve University
99 University of Freiburg
Source: ARWU 2012

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