Top Universities in North America

North American universities and colleges are ranked highly in the international league tables such as the THES and Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

According to the ARWU 2009, 59 institutions from North America are placed in the global top 100, with 17 universities dominated the top 20 list. Harvard University took the top spot in the United States and in the world. The University of Toronto is the best ranked school in Canada and in top 30 globally. A total of 3 Canadian institutions are placed within the top 50 universities in North America: Toronto (20th regionally and 27th globally), University of British Columbia (29th regionally and 36th globally), and McGill University (44th regionally and 65th globally).

ARWU Top 10 Universities in North America:
Regional Rank, Institution, (World Rank)
1 Harvard University (1)
2 Stanford University (2)
3 University of California, Berkeley (3)
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5)
5 California Institute of Technology (6)
6 Columbia University (7)
7 Princeton University (8)
8 University of Chicago (9)
9 Yale University (11)
10 Cornell University (12)

According to the Times Higher Education– QS World University Rankings, 36 North American universities are placed in the global top 100 in 2009 (A dramatic fall as compared with 42 in 2008). Mcgill is rated 1st in Canada and 18th in the world. A total of 4 Canadian institutions placed within the world's top 100 list.

THE-QS Top Ten universities in North America 2009:
Rank, Name, (Global Rank)
1 Harvard University (1)
2 Yale University (3)
3 University of Chicago (7)
4 Princeton University (8)
5 MIT (9)
6 California Institute of Technology (10)
7 Columbia University (11)
8 University of Pennsylvania (12)
9 Johns Hopkins University (13)
10 Duke University (14)

* Next: Top Universities in North America 2011-2012