Second Annual Best Global Universities Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges for more than 30 years, today released the 2016 edition of the Best Global Universities. The rankings help students evaluate higher education options worldwide as well as by region, country and subject. U.S. universities remain the global leaders among research institutions, with Harvard University claiming No. 1, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2, the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3 and Stanford University at No. 4. U.K. universities take the next top spots with the University of Oxford at No. 5, followed by the University of Cambridge at No. 6.

The following countries have the most ranked institutions out of 750 schools on the overall Best Global Universities list:

  • United States: 181
  • China: 57
  • United Kingdom: 55
  • Germany: 50
  • Italy: 38

“Students are increasingly looking outside their own countries for educational opportunities,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “As international education continues to evolve, U.S. News will be at the forefront of the conversation – providing comparable information across global institutions and presenting it in bite-sized pieces for students and their families, just as we have done for three decades in the U.S.”

U.S. News 2016 Best Global Universities Rankings

Overall Best Global Universities

  1. Harvard University (U.S.)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  3. University of California—Berkley (U.S.)
  4. Stanford University (U.S.)
  5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  6. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  7. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  8. University of California—Los Angeles (U.S.)
  9. Columbia University (U.S.)
  10. University of Chicago (U.S.)

The Best Global Universities methodology